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20/11/2012
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College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

In the rush to keep up, elite universities are lining up to join forces with a MOOC provider. Coursera, which began with Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and the University of Michigan in April, currently leads the field with 33 university partners. But edX, too, is expanding rapidly — the University of California, Berkeley, has joined, and the University of Texas announced that it would use edX courses for credit. Already, students in one Udacity class can get credit through the Global Campus of Colorado State University. Most MOOC providers are making plans to offer credit — and charge fees for certificates and proctored exams. Continue reading

20/11/2012
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Gita Nanden says green design isn’t just for eco snobs

“We don’t want to be the progenitors of gentrification,” says Nanden, whose firm recently completed construction on its new green office building, located in Brooklyn’s transitioning Bushwick neighborhood. Rather, she and her partners want to design eco-friendly buildings and spaces that are as likely to house people on welfare as they are to house upper middle class professionals. Continue reading

18/11/2012
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5 Ways Most Americans Are Blind to How Their Country Is Stacked for the Wealthy

Redistribution has not spread the wealth, it has concentrated the wealth. Conservative estimates say the richest 1% have doubled their share of America’s income in 30 years. It’s worse. From 1980 to 2006, the richest 1% actually tripled their share of after-tax income.

The real problem is tax avoidance: lost revenue from tax expenditures (deferrals and deductions), corporate tax avoidance, and tax haven losses could pay off the entire deficit. But the very rich refuse to pay. They have their own safety net in the House of Representatives. Continue reading

15/11/2012
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Who knew? Modern Glass Bakeware More Likely to Break

The two major brands of glass bakeware, Pyrex and Anchor Hocking, were originally made from borosilicate glass, a heat-resistant glass first developed by Corning for use in railroad yard lanterns in the early 1900s. At some point along the way — no one will reveal exactly when, but it may have been in the 1980s or ’90s — both companies switched to soda lime glass, a less expensive alternative. Continue reading

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