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Comment: Re:Charter schools undermine public schools (Score 1) 715

by jbcksfrt (#45942693) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Throw money at the public schools and the problems will be fixed

Money is a necessary but insufficient condition for high quality public schools. In my area (Memphis, Tennessee, US), some of the worst school districts in the state (and the country, actually) have significantly more funding per student than the the surrounding areas where school districts win awards year after year. The parents and board members of the lousy districts constantly play the victim card, despite having considerably more money and equivalent or better facilities. Corruption among people signing the checks may explain some of the issues.

Parental involvement

This is spot on, IMHO. I would include accountability at home for performance at school in that as well.

Comment: Re:How unsurprising (Score 1) 152

Every number 1 country/empire, or however one chooses to phrase it, will eventually no longer be number 1. So, saying so isn't exactly a bold prediction. And even if or when the US is no longer the most influential country in the world, it will definitely not be irrelevant. Many countries used to be more influential than they are now but are far from irrelevant. See Russia, UK, France, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Italy, Greece, Spain, Japan, China (ascending now, of course), etc.

Comment: Re:Yay, someone who knows what they're talking abo (Score 1) 201

by jbcksfrt (#39276307) Attached to: Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer: a Universal Strategy
Thanks. Those are good points. I believe that integration location is a problem with a lot of viral vectors, but lentiviral vectors tend to cluster less frequently within and around growth-promoting genes. This could be due to differences in the integration mechanism or because the cell does not have to be actively dividing and therefore the growth-promoting genes may not be active. I am not sure.

Comment: Not giving people wild-type HIV (Score 2) 201

by jbcksfrt (#39275009) Attached to: Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer: a Universal Strategy
The viral vectors are based on replication-deficient HIV. They are missing some of the genes necessary for their replication. They cannot (or at least should not) be able to reproduce in the cells, so they are not giving people AIDS. One of the reasons HIV is used because it is a lentivirus, which means it can integrate into the genomes of cells that are not actively dividing.
Patents

Zynga and Blizzard Sued Over Game Patent 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the swinging-for-the-fences dept.
eldavojohn writes "Thinking about developing a game involving a 'database driven online distributed tournament system?' Well, you had better talk to Walker Digital or risk a lawsuit, because Walker Digital claims to have patented that 'invention' back in 2002. The patent in question has resulted in some legal matters for the makers of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft and its expansions, Mafia Wars, and many others.' Walker Digital (parent company of Priceline.com) said it's not sure how much damages are going to be, and requested that through discovery in the court. If you think Walker Digital is not a patent troll, check out their lawsuit from two months ago against Facebook for using privacy controls Walker Digital claims to have patented. It would seem that any online competitive game that uses a database to select and reward contestants in a tournament could potentially fall under this patent — of course, those with the deepest coffers will be cherrypicked first."
Education

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Posted by samzenpus
from the people-get-what-they-deserve dept.
Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."
Earth

40 Million Year Old Primate Fossils Found In Asia 91

Posted by samzenpus
from the look-who's-coming-to-dinner dept.
sosaited writes "It has been widely believed that our ancestors originated out of Africa, but a paper published in Nature by Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists puts this in doubt. The paper is based on the fossils of four primate species found in Asia which are 40 million years old, during which period Africa was thought to not have these species. The diversity and timing of the new anthropoids raises two scenarios. Anthropoids might simply have emerged in Africa much earlier than thought, and gone undiscovered by modern paleontologists. Or they could have crossed over from Asia, where evidence suggests that anthropoids lived 55 million years ago, flourishing and diversifying in the wide-open ecological niches of an anthropoid-free Africa."
Science

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"
Image

Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the strength-of-heart dept.
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."

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