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Out Factories


Bill Gates says U.S. schools are "broken." Alvin Toffler calls them relics of

a by-gone industrial age. Now, according to Johns Hopkins University

researchers, 1 in 10 American high-schools is a "drop out factory," where 60

percent of freshman do not even make it to their senior year. What a colossal

waste of human talent. The U.S. has been living off the educational investments

of other countries, particularly China and India, for the past several decades.

What happens if the supply of foreign talent dries up or decides to head

elsewhere?

Education,

Schmeducation

People are creative. We like challenging and creative work. Most of us do not

need to spend more time in educational prisons sitting like a bump on a log in

class or getting ready for the big game, the pep rally or the prom. We need to

be involved in stuff that activates creativity.

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Active ingredient in Roundup found in 95% of studied beers and wines

The controversial herbicide is everywhere, apparently.

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Surprising Science
  • U.S. PIRG tested 20 beers and wines, including organics, and found Roundup's active ingredient in almost all of them.
  • A jury on August 2018 awarded a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma victim $289 million in Roundup damages.
  • Bayer/Monsanto says Roundup is totally safe. Others disagree.
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Scientists see 'rarest event ever recorded' in search for dark matter

The team caught a glimpse of a process that takes 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.

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Surprising Science
  • In Italy, a team of scientists is using a highly sophisticated detector to hunt for dark matter.
  • The team observed an ultra-rare particle interaction that reveals the half-life of a xenon-124 atom to be 18 sextillion years.
  • The half-life of a process is how long it takes for half of the radioactive nuclei present in a sample to decay.
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