LA Clippers team up with LA tech stars to promote science, engineering, math careers

It was a Friday of questions and answers at the L.A. Convention Center, as scores of students and parents descended downtown for the Clippers SciFest SoCal. That’s right. Instead of a basketball court at nearby Staples Center, where players school each other in the art of hoops, this was about getting schooled in the science of things. A colorful version on Mars on display by JPL at the Southern California science and engineering festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, March 22...
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24 Common Cognitive Biases: A Visual List of the Psychological Systems Errors That Keep Us From Thinking Rationally

There’s been a lot of talk about the Dunning-Kruger effect, the cognitive bias that makes people wildly overconfident, unable to know how ignorant they are because they don’t have the basic skills to grasp what competence means. Once popularized, the effect became weaponized. People made armchair diagnoses, gloated and pointed at the obliviously stupid. But if those finger-pointers could take the beam out of their own eye, they might see four fingers pointing back at them, or whatever folk wisd...
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Academic Decathlon teams from San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, South Bay begin statewide contest

LOS ANGELES — El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills will begin defending its California and U.S. Academic Decathlon titles Friday as competition gets underway in this year’s state contest in Sacramento. In what has become an annual battle, El Camino will face tough competition from fellow Los Angeles Unified School District campus Granada Hills Charter High School. Granada Hills has won the state and national Academic Decathlons six of the past eight years — with El Camino winning...
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Universities to be fined for awarding too many top degrees

Education secretary Damian Hinds to take tough measures on institutions found guilty of artificial grade inflationBritish universities must slash the number of top degrees they award or risk undermining their world-class reputation, the education secretary has warned.Damian Hinds said there had been a steep and unjustifiable rise in the awarding of first-class degrees, urging universities to “reset the norm” by handing out a higher proportion of 2:1s. Offending universities could face fines, or ...
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If you had the money, would you pay off a college admissions officer? 1 in 4 parents say they would, a new poll finds

If you had the money, would you bribe a college official to get your child admitted? Fifteen percent of all American adults would answer yes, according to a new poll. And that number rises to 25 percent for adults who actually have children ages 18 and under. It’s a hypothetical question, but certainly a revealing ethical one. There’s been a flood of outrage over the recent college admissions scandal, in which federal prosecutors charged parents with everything from paying off testing proctors t...
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British schoolchildren receive chemical burns from "toxic ash" on Ash Wednesday

Between 73 and 100 students (as well as at least 17 teachers and administrators) from St Augustine’s Catholic High School in Redditch, England received chemical burns to their foreheads from "toxic ash" used to mark them as part of a Catholic ritual on Ash Wednesday. The toxic substance was "sourced from a priest from the Diocese of Birmingham, which sourced it from a company in Aldridge." The burns are quite disfiguring and may result in lifelong scarring, according to doctors who treated ...
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Effort to keep Washington kids from dropping out gets $2M grant to help 25,000 more students

Communities in Schools of Washington, a nonprofit that links students in danger of dropping out with services to help, is getting a grant from the Ballmer Group to expand its reach.
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Advancing Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Research Through Open Innovation Competitions

Crowdsourcing is a way for many individuals to address a common problem. This paper describes the design and outcomes of three crowdsourcing contests focused on algorithms for 1) clustering antibody sequences, 2) imputing gene expression measurements, and 3) performing fast queries on a particular dataset. Innovation through contests greatly improved the solutions available. [Author: by Blasco, Andrea, Michael G. Endres, Rinat A. Sergeev, Anup Jonchhe, Max Macaluso, Rajiv Narayan, Ted Natoli, Ji...
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