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August 8, 2010 - 5:24pm
A constant theme in discussions with Indian academics, government officials, and business people concerns the low quality of the country’s rapidly expanding higher education system. India now ranks third in size, after China and the United States. The current cumbersome, and ineffective accrediting system is being dismantled. The government is proposing a new system — how it may work is as yet unclear.
August 8, 2010 - 5:22pm
Within the last two weeks, I have taken my older daughter to see Eclipse in IMAX as well as Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, and The Last Airbender all in 3D. You haven’t “lived” until you have seen vampires and werewolves in IMAX, and 3D makes animation more fun and people and events more real. Having first seen Avatar in 2D and then subsequently in 3D, the difference for me is very much worth the difference in price. And yet, of the five films I have mentioned above, 2 were excellent, two were good, and one was fair. IMAX and 3D enhance but can’t overcome a weak story line.
August 8, 2010 - 3:38pm
In a recent New York Times article David Leonhardt makes a point that we on this site have been discussing for years: as the gender gap closes in terms of equal pay for equal work, mothers continue to be underemployed and struggling. The market favors those who can put in long, uninterrupted hours, weeks, and years building their careers, and those people tend to be men — whether or not they are parents—and single or childless women.
August 6, 2010 - 4:15am
I have been using Delicious.com as my social bookmarking service for more than 2 years. It has become an indispensable tool in my online toolkit. I have more than 2,500 bookmarks and almost 500 unique tags in my account. If Yahoo, the current owner of Delicious, ever decided to charge a fee for the service, I would gladly pay whatever they asked. Delicious is my online memory.
August 5, 2010 - 9:21pm
As regular readers know, I used to work in for-profit university. I fled it for various reasons, but still find some of the commentary about them unhelpfully reductive. Naturally, I’ve been following Senator Harkin’s hearings -- and the responses to the hearings -- with interest.
August 5, 2010 - 9:00pm
I just had to do some housecleaning among my RSS feeds. Some of my favorite blogs had moved from Scienceblogs to Scientopia in the wake of PepsiGate.
August 5, 2010 - 7:45pm
My career has always been important to me, but I never wanted it to dominate my personal life. Early on, I instated my “8 o’clock” rule: if it’s not done/read/written/graded by 8:00 pm, it would have to wait until the morning. This was the time when civilized people had a glass of wine and ate dinner with someone they loved.
August 5, 2010 - 7:36pm
There is a concept in mathematics that shows up in calculus and geometry, the concept of a "neighborhood." Like its real life counterpart, it is a designation of all points within a certain distance from a particular point. That distance is often represented with a Greek letter, such as “epsilon” or “delta," and these play important roles in the definition of the concept of a limit, which is the cornerstone of calculus. I thought of these concepts recently as I realized how lucky I am to live in the (geographic) neighborhood in which our house is located.
August 5, 2010 - 7:05pm
Editor's note: this guest entry was kindly produced by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, as well as Director of the First Year Experience, at the University of Washington, Bothell.
August 5, 2010 - 4:15pm
What do we learn from Google's decision to kill the Wave?

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