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A Robotic Hand Designed to Feel

A Dutch man has a prosthetic connected to his nerves, which allows him to feel pressure; Harvard alumni will have exclusive access to some massive open online courses offered by the university; meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s legacies live on. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



The Next Step in Equality: Genderless Bathrooms

Transgender people face discrimination every time they go to restrooms marked men or women; as the NSA destroys our sense of privacy, perhaps rather than looking to Orwell’s “1984,” we should brush up on our Kafka; meanwhile, journalist Phyllis Richman responds decades later to a misogynistic letter from a Harvard professor regarding married women pursuing graduate studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Not ‘A Shred of Evidence’ to Support Reinhart and Rogoff

The Harvard professors who led much of the Western world into austerity with their 2010 paper “Growth in a Time of Debt,” debunked in April by a University of Massachusetts grad student, have taken another hit, this time from two economists with the University of Michigan.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Economists Behind Discredited Austerity Study Lash Out at Paul Krugman

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, the Harvard economists whose influential pro-austerity study was recently exposed as being seriously flawed, have penned a scathing open letter to the New York Times columnist, who has been a major critic of their work and one of the leading voices in the anti-austerity movement.

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE



Googleland: Coming Soon to a Country Near You

CEO Larry Page wants to found a new nation where the Internet giant would set all the rules; even during consensual sexual acts, extreme pornography may be pushing the limits of morality; meanwhile, what was Harvard thinking when it gave Heritage Foundation former analyst Jason Richwine a Ph.D. for his racist dissertation? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE


Here’s What a ‘Bee Drone’ Will Look Like

You’ve heard reports of drones the size of insects. A new video shows a flying robot the size of a quarter developed by engineers at Harvard.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Mercury Rising in the Pacific

What is the gravest long-term security threat to the part of the world that includes China, North Korea and Japan, according to America’s top military officer there?

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE



Next Stop, Pedophilia

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



The News That Wasn’t Fit to Print

The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz’s prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on “Nude Men From 1800 to Today” to show off their goods. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

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Robo-Worm Might Give You the Creeps

Scientists funded by the Pentagon have created a robot for the purpose of looking into hard-to-reach places, from spaces trapped beneath earthquake rubble to the private quarters of state enemies.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE


Season’s Greetings From Occupy Harvard

Harvard’s “Occu-Elves” deliver lumps of coal to “naughty boys,” including the school’s former president, Lawrence Summers, and Robert Rubin, two men who helped engineer the economic meltdown.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

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Antidepressant Nation Revisited

Dr. Marcia Angell has drawn harsh criticism from members of the psychiatric community for her essay doubting the efficacy of antidepressants, published in The New York Review of Books last month. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



Sex Ed? Palins Flunk Again

Sarah Palin’s strict views have turned her into a grandma for the second time; al-Qaida takes a page out of Disney’s book to recruit children; meanwhile, Facebook fights Google+ by adding news to its online community. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Colleges Get In on African Land Grabs

American universities are reportedly using endowment funds to buy and lease vast tracts of African farmland, often for piddling prices, in deals that will reward foreign investors handsomely while separating tens of thousands from their homes and farms and providing little or none of the economic benefits promised them, California researchers say.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Harvard Cheers N.J. Governor’s Tough Talk on Education

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew enthusiastic cheers from a Harvard audience on Friday when he spoke aggressively against university tenure and teachers’ unions, and promised to build a more conservative state Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



Cinematic Racism

Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



The Lopsided Law of Wall Street

The lopsided law of immigration vs. Wall Street, humans actually do make it rain, and Glenn Beck goes after Google. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses

Staughton Lynd and his wife, Alice, also a lawyer, are soldiering on in the economic and social ruins of Youngstown, Ohio, where the only growth industry is locking people away.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



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‘The Social Network’: Your Life in Pixels

The 1970s were branded the “Me Decade” long ago, but whatever shadowy committee makes such important temporal pronouncements might want to reconsider that call in light of the last 10 years.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



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So Long, Summers

Finally! The announced departure of Lawrence Summers as the president’s top economic adviser is welcome news. Harvard’s loss in taking back its $586,996-a-year professor and “president emeritus,” who is also paid millions by Wall Street on the side, is the nation’s gain.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Summers Leaving White House Post-Midterms

President Barack Obama is reportedly going to lose another member of his economic advisory team, and a big one at that, after the midterm elections this fall. The Bloomberg news service brought word Tuesday that Larry Summers plans to leave the White House before the end of 2010. Updated

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Schooling Scholars on Classroom Success

There is of course no doubt that our public education system is broken. There is also no doubt that wages are too low. But blaming “bad teachers” is not the answer to either.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Straight Women, Too, Play Softball

She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Free Tuition for Harvard Law Suspended

Two years after Harvard Law School announced it would waive a year of tuition for students who pledged to work five years in the nonprofit sector or in government, the school has suspended the program, citing both the recession and a flood of students seeking to get in on the deal.

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 READ MORE


Harvard the (Fake) Infomercial

Lawrence Summers’ derivative bets may have cost Harvard $11 billion, but we didn’t see this coming. America’s premier training ground for millionaires and unabombers has resorted to late night infomercials. Ever consider a career in bonuses? Act now!

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



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Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

A new Harvard study has uncovered another disturbing reality of America’s broken health care system: Trauma patients without insurance are almost twice as likely to die in the emergency room. Researchers were unable to determine why, but hospitals’ eagerness to transfer the uninsured could be to blame.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Ivy League Endowments Smacked Down

These tough economic times have ganged up on the poor, homeowners, investors, students and immigrants. And now comes word that even Harvard and Yale, among the wealthiest schools in the world, have suffered dramatic losses in their endowments over the past year.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Let’s End the Score-Settling

The problem with “teachable moments” is that the term sets up one group of people as teachers while another group is consigned to the role of pupils. In a democracy, that’s troublesome.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE


What if the Big Cheese Had Been White?

If race were the only issue, there would be much less hyperventilation about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.‘s unpleasant run-in with the criminal justice system. The debate is also about power and entitlement.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Invites Prof. Gates, Sgt. Crowley to White House

The strange saga involving an African-American Harvard professor, a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer and a crash course in racial politics may have reached a (somewhat) happy ending—or at least an interesting one—now that President Obama has invited Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley to the White House to try to work it all out together.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Prof. Gates Tells His Side of the Story, Chastises Policeman

Looks like Harvard professor and race scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. won’t face criminal charges after last Thursday’s unfortunate confrontation with a Cambridge, Mass., police officer, but the incident definitely touched off some reactions well beyond Harvard Square. Meanwhile, Gates has given his account of what happened and has called for an apology from the officer in question.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Black-History Expert Arrested in His Home; Racism Alleged

One Sgt. James Crowley may have thought he was stopping a break-in when he showed up at a house near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., last Thursday, but the man he eventually arrested there happened to be professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of the Afro-American studies department and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, who just happened to be in his own home.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Business Ethics? What a Concept

In what can only be the beginning of social revolution, 20 percent of Harvard’s MBAs have signed an ethics pledge, vowing not to advance their “own narrow ambitions” at the expense of others. But the question remains, where exactly is the other 80 percent of the class?

Posted on May 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Living Large and in Charge

Not surprisingly, Lawrence Summers is convinced that he deserved every penny of the $8 million that Wall Street firms paid him last year. And why shouldn’t he be cut in on the loot from the loopholes in the toxic derivatives market that he pushed into law when he was Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary?

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Norman Birnbaum on Susan Sontag

The publication of Sontag’s early diaries provides a revelatory look at the self-inventions of the late writer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 READ MORE


A Huge Opportunity for the Mom in Chief

What will happen if Michelle Obama makes the personal her political issue? What would a serious work-and-family policy look like?

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE



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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

The multiple failures that beset the country can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead on creating hordes of competent systems managers.

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s E-Team

Obama’s selection of a team of highly skilled pragmatists has already been described as a move to the political center, but Obama advisers and longtime acquaintances say that this is a misreading of the incoming president and his approach.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


The Molecular Full Monty

A cohort of entrepreneurs and scientists is the cutting edge of the Personal Genome Project. In an act of altruism and/or exhibitionism, the PGP-10 have put their medical records, traits and genetic codes on the Web where all the scientists, paparazzo and peeping Toms can see them.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: Media Were Mean to McCain, Not Clinton

A new study by two of journalism’s leading independent institutions has found that complaints from Hillary Clinton and her campaign that the media treated her unfairly are largely unfounded. According to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, it’s John McCain who should be upset with the coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Aide Quits Over Remark About Clinton

A Scottish newspaper played a key role in the resignation of Samantha Power, Harvard professor and unpaid foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign. Power stepped down after she commented to The Scotsman that Hillary Clinton was “a monster” who was “stooping to anything” to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


Lessons From Walter Reed

Linda Bilmes, the Harvard finance expert who helped establish the true cost of the war, including veteran healthcare, turns her attention to the Walter Reed scandal, and the bureaucratic quagmire that keeps our soldiers from getting help. Bilmes offers four lessons to avoid future problems. We can only hope someone takes her advice.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


A New Day at Harvard

Drew Gilpin Faust’s appointment as the university’s new president comes at a time when the story line of feminism has taken an odd turn.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


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The Misguided Pursuit of Happiness

In this TED conference speech, Harvard super-psychologist Dan Gilbert explains why we humans are so notoriously bad at predicting what will make us happy. Fascinating stuff. Also: The TED page has a wealth of other great talks.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Harvard to End Early Admissions

The Ivy League university said the program disadvantages poor and minority students, as richer students tend to take advantage of the early admissions opportunity.
Why should you care? Because Harvard is like The New York Times; it sets the agenda for others. Look for other schools to follow suit in this move to level the playing field.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


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