• Internet
    Netflix CFO David Wells to Quit, Will Choose His Successor

    Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells will step down after eight years on the job, during which the streaming service grew into an entertainment giant that spends more on movies and TV shows than the biggest Hollywood studios. Wells, 47, will help choose a successor and stay on until his replacement takes over to make sure […]

  • Science Updates
    Google’s DeepMind to Create Product to Spot Eye Disease

    DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company that is owned by Alphabet, plans to develop a medical product that will help doctors to detect more than 50 sight-threatening conditions from a common type of eye scan. DeepMind trained artificial intelligence software to detect signs of disease better than human doctors, according to a study published Monday in the scientific […]

  • Nigerian Answers Boko Haram’s Anti-Education Campaign with Schools

    In Nigeria, the militant Islamist group Boko Haram wants to end anything related to Western society – especially Western-style education. Even the name “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden.” But some activists are turning Boko Haram’s target into a weapon. In 2014, Rebecca Gadzama and her husband started a group called Education Must Continue, […]

  • Science Updates
    Is SpaceX the Model for a Private Tesla?

    Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has held up his closely held space transportation company SpaceX as a model for taking his loss-making electric car company private, saying he wants existing Tesla investors to continue to hold stock. Below are several questions and answers on SpaceX, its shareholders, valuation and customers. What did Musk say when he compared SpaceX and […]

  • Education
    Do we have the education leadership we need?

    What do you do with a commissioner who talks about our schools only in terms of failure? I watched his recent presentation to the Rochester 911 group on YouTube and that’s what is sounded like to me. Leading an education system is a complex undertaking. It takes real … well … leadership. I wonder if […]

  • Science Updates
    Astronomers Discover the Most Lithium-Rich Giant Star

    Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe. With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance of 4,500 light years from […]

  • LeBron’s radically different vision for public education is what we need

    It’s become fashionable for celebrities and the ultra-rich to start charter schools or make philanthropic gifts with the aim of remaking our “failing” public schools. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, gave away $100m to schools in Newark, New Jersey, which was largely squandered on consultants. The rapper Pitbull founded a charter school in Miami. It is run by a for-profit […]

  • Science Updates
    Humans Susceptible to Emotional Manipulation by Robots: Study

    Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany have found that humans are susceptible to emotional manipulation by robots. The findings indicated that humans have such a strong tendency to anthropomorphise – attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities like robots – that we can fall prey to emotional manipulation by such […]

  • Education
    Education, not restriction, is key to reducing harm from offshore gambling

    Australian internet gambling policies have been refined and prohibitions on illegal gambling sites clarified in recent years. Despite this, offshore gambling sites are as popular as ever with Australians. Estimates of offshore wagering in Australia range from A$63.9 to $400 million. Some predict this will grow to $910 million by 2020. These offshore sites not only pose potential […]