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Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to use the money only for non-privacy research. Academics say such promises are problematic.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



‘Gobbledygook’ Papers Flood Academia to Prove a Point

Three MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Are Students Dropping Out of College to Become Entrepreneurs?

Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



More Homophobia in Africa, This Week in Gambia

Gambia’s president calls gays “vermin” to be fought like malaria-carrying mosquitoes; demographics alone won’t beat the tea party, contrary to Democrats’ beliefs; meanwhile, journalist Glenn Greenwald laments the state of society and discusses his new media venture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



Does Iraq Need More Weapons? Not Really

The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



Breast Milk Protein Fights HIV

Scientists have discovered why only a small percentage of babies contract HIV when breastfed by mothers who have been infected with the virus; Taiwan’s new police uniforms are extremely frightening; and David Petraeus is using his new position in academia to promote profiteering health care and fracking industries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Chris Hedges and Alain de Botton: What Atheists Should Take From Religion

The “Religion for Atheists” author tells Chris Hedges there’s a lot secular society can learn from religious institutions and traditions and he argues for a “neo-religious vision of using culture as scripture.”

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Enlightened but Unemployed

The well-intentioned handwringing over what to do about the slow asphyxiation of the traditional American humanities education continues over at Salon.com, where novelist Kim Brooks laments the failure of liberal arts colleges to prepare students for professionally and financially rewarding careers. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Glenn Beck University

Glenn Beck: Talk show host, human pastry ... academic? The Fox Newser has launched an online “university” strangely devoid of classes on professional crying. But for $9.95 a month, you can enroll in—and we couldn’t possibly make this up—Faith 101, Hope 101 or Charity 101. Advanced classes also available.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Disgruntled Professor’s Murderous Past

Adding to the sensationalism, reports are showing that accusations of lethal violence against Harvard-educated biology professor Amy Bishop, arrested Friday in the killing of three at the University of Alabama, are not new. In 1986, accordingly to The New York Times, Bishop shot her brother to death, putting an additional twist on the Alabama carnage.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Gay Animals Edition

Today on the list: the power of same-sex liaisons, poetry in the Bible and more. Update

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Eric Draper

Rice Not Interested in VP Job

There has been much speculation over the possibility of Condoleezza Rice as John McCain’s vice president. On Monday, the secretary of state gave her answer: “I don’t want to be, don’t intend to be, won’t be on the ticket.” Instead, she plans to return to academia. Because she’s an idea person.

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