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  • Spending: the lowdown on free e-courses

    Open online classes can broaden your knowledge, but don't pin your career hopes on them yet. 1. MOOCs are huge. Massive open online courses (or MOOCs) are college-level courses available to anyone. Lectures and course materials are accessed online, and...
  • Asteroid strikes: Where have all the craters gone?

    Asteroid strikes: Where have all the craters gone?
    Some 66 million years ago Earth was hit by a space rock reckoned to have been 10km (six miles) across. The resulting chaos did for the dinosaurs and many other species, opening the way for the age of mammals--and ultimately humans. It also left a big hole...
  • 'Internet's Own Boy' explores hacker Aaron Swartz's life, death

     'Internet's Own Boy' explores hacker Aaron Swartz's life, death
    Aaron Swartz was both a hero of the Internet age and a victim of it. On Jan. 12, 2013, Swartz, a developer of Reddit who had become an Internet folk hero with his commitment to make online content free to the public, hanged himself in his Brooklyn...
  • Study: 50,000-year-old poop proves Neanderthals ate their veggies

    Study: 50,000-year-old poop proves Neanderthals ate their veggies
    As gross as it sounds, samples of the world's oldest known human feces are offering scientists new insight into the gastronomic behavior of our extinct, meat-loving cousins, the Neanderthals. In a study published Monday in the journal PLOS One,...
  • Infrastructure building is historically cheap. Why has it stopped?

    Infrastructure building is historically cheap. Why has it stopped?
    Via Twitter, Erik Brynjolffsson of MIT posts a graph similar to the one above and asks:  "Why is public construction plummeting? a)no workers available b)interest rates too high c)nothing worth fixing d)??" The answer, of course, is d. There is no...
  • Ciencia escatológica: las heces humanas más antiguas no son un chiste

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No es motivo de risa, pero el descubrimiento de las heces humanas más antiguas conocidas está ofreciendo una visión muy valiosa para los científicos sobre cómo era la vida de los neandertales que vivían en España hace unos 50.000...
  • 'The Internet's Own Boy' has good distribution of info

    'The Internet's Own Boy' has good distribution of info
    *** (out of four) First: How could anyone make a documentary in which the narrator constantly mispronounces the subject’s name?! In “The Internet’s Own Boy,” a well-organized doc about late Reddit co-creator and suburban...
  • Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' ★★ 1/2

    Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz' ★&#9733 1/2
    The boy we see in "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," now at the Siskel Film Center and available on demand starting this weekend, grew up in Highland Park, his imagination seizing on (and seized by) computers not long after he could...
  • In Iraq, echoes of Vietnam

    In Iraq, echoes of Vietnam
    A corrupt government that has alienated many of its people finds itself unable to overcome a growing insurgency in an endless civil war and expects a superpower on the other side of the globe to come to its rescue. That's the story in Iraq today —...
  • Driverless cars still a long way off

    Two years ago, the annual MIT/New England Motor Press Association Technology Conference focused on autonomous vehicles. These are cars and trucks that can drive themselves. The conclusion: Autonomous vehicles will impact every aspect of vehicle and road...
  • Newport Aquatic Center rowers shine

    Seven rowers from Back Bay high schools helped the Newport Aquatic Center finish second in the lightweight eight final at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships completed June 15 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. Newport Harbor students Jake Sliker,...