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Comment: Re:one step closer to drive thru degrees (Score 1) 371

by Some Pig! (#33464564) Attached to: Harvard Ditching Final Exams?

To a large extent corporations not only are OK with this, but encourage more of it with ever increasing degree requirements!

Yes...

An unstructured, pure-vocational model of post-high-school education would be cheaper in money and lifespans. It may arrive. The present system is unsustainable.

But there are factors keeping it in place for the moment. One significant factor is that employers are barred by law from general IQ testing. Higher education can be viewed as a vast and expensive indirect proxy for such testing.

Earth

Lost World of Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats 93

Posted by kdawson
from the raise-you-one-camouflaged-spider dept.
pilsner.urquell writes "40 previously unidentified species were discovered inside the crater of an extinct volcano on Papua New Guinea. The finds include a hairy caterpillar, an iridescent beetle, a striped possum, and what may be the world's largest rat — the size of a 'well-fed cat,' and showing no fear of man. The extinct volcano Mount Bosavi last erupted more than 200,000 years ago." There are also an audio interview with the expedition leader and a gallery with 15 photos of the new species.
The Military

Researchers To Build Underwater Airplane 263

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the journey-to-the-bottom-of-the-sea dept.
coondoggie writes to tell us that DARPA seems to still be having fun with their funding and continues to aim for the "far out." The latest program, a submersible airplane, seems to have been pulled directly from science fiction. Hopefully this voyage to the bottom of the sea is of the non-permanent variety. "According to DARPA: 'The difficulty with developing such a craft come from the diametrically opposed requirements that exist for an airplane and a submarine. While the primary goal for airplane designers is to try and minimize weight, a submarine must be extremely heavy in order to submerge underwater. In addition, the flow conditions and the systems designed to control a submarine and an airplane are radically different, due to the order of magnitude difference in the densities of air and water.'"

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