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US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy 1038 1038

TaeKwonDood writes "Do you want the bad news first or the good news? The good news is that about 80% of Americans think science knowledge is 'very important' to our future. The bad news is most of those people think it's up to someone else to get knowledgeable. Only 15% actually know how much of the planet is covered in water (47% if you accept a rough approximation of the exact number) and over 40% think dinosaurs and humans cavorted together like in some sort of 'Land Of The Lost' episode. What to do? Pres. Obama thinks merit pay for teachers makes sense. Yes, it will enrage the teachers' union, but it might inspire better people to go into science teaching. It's either that or accept that almost 50% of Americans won't know how long it takes the earth to go around the sun."

Comment Re:What for? (Score 5, Interesting) 204 204

You basically quoted an ancient Chinese proverb:

"Therefor in governing the people, the sage empties their minds but fills their bellies, weakens their wills but strengthens their bones. He always keeps them innocent of knowledge and free from desire, and ensures that the clever never dare to act."

From the Tao Teh Ching (III)
Unix

Unix Dict/grep Solves Left-Side-of-Keyboard Puzzle 423 423

destinyland writes "For decades, people have been asking this brain teaser: 'What's the longest word you can type with only the left-hand letters on a keyboard?' The answer is supposed to be 'stewardesses,' but grepping the standard dictionary that ships with Unix reveals a much better answer. There's nearly 2,000 shorter words that can typed with only the left hand — including one word that's even longer. (The article also quotes a failed novel attempt using nothing but words typed on the keyboard's left side.)"

Comment Re:Japan != Anything you want to emulate (Score 1) 382 382

There is another side to the japan story regarding conformism, authority etc.

-Unlimited detainment without shown cause.
-99% conviction/confession rates.
-Search and seizure without warrant.
-Tentacle porn, and females with voices 20 octaves too high.

The place clearly puts up with about anything.

Brain damage is all in your head. -- Karl Lehenbauer

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