News Pronto

The Conversation

Here's the score for Obama's college scorecard: more minuses than pluses

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageHow far can Obama's College Scorecard fix college affordability issues?Michael Fleshman, CC BY-NC-SA

This past Saturday, September 12, following an announcement in President Obama’s weekly address, the US Department of Education released its College Scorecard.

The president claimed additional information in the...

Read more: Here's the score for Obama's college scorecard: more minuses than pluses

Europe's refugee crisis: the last time round it was much, much worse

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageExpelled from their home in 1946Otto Donath/German Federal Archives, CC BY-SA

As train after train of refugees arrives in Germany, swamping the railway stations and stretching the capacities of welfare organizations, a senior Berlin-based administrator protests against the strain the newcomers are placing on the...

Read more: Europe's refugee crisis: the last time round it was much, much worse

Scientists at work: space balloons and charged particles above the Arctic Circle

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageLaunching a space balloon in Sweden.Alexa Halford, CC BY-ND

I research space weather. That’s how physicists describe how storms on the sun end up affecting us here on Earth. Most days I sit at a computer coding, attending telephone conference meetings with collaborators across the country and meeting with fellow space...

Read more: Scientists at work: space balloons and charged particles above the Arctic Circle

The Conversation US is growing

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageMorning meeting. Damian Thompson, Author provided

We have had good news this week in The Conversation US office. The Knight Foundation just announced that they are awarding us a grant to support the distribution of TCUS articles to local and regional newspapers across the United States (for more background have a look at my...

Read more: The Conversation US is growing

The Federal Reserve is losing credibility by not raising rates now

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageChair Yellen and her colleagues decided the economy isn't ready. Reuters

So the results are in: the Federal reserve decided to keep interest rates at around zero, delaying any increase in its target for at least six more weeks.

The move did not come as a surprise to Wall Street – which was betting 3-to-1 against the...

Read more: The Federal Reserve is losing credibility by not raising rates now

Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious readers

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageFamily dinners can whet children's appetites for reading.Family via www.shutterstock.com.

As a young child, I loved to imagine myself as a pioneer girl in Little House in the Big Woods, eating fresh snow drizzled with maple syrup. I even pestered my mother to make this treat with the dirty snow that fell on our Manhattan...

Read more: Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious readers

It's time for doctors to hang up the white coats for good

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageWhen did you wash that?Doctor in white coat via www.shutterstock.com.

On a warm August 2004 day in Philadelphia, I joined 150 first-year medical students on stage at the University of Pennsylvania to celebrate the start of our medical careers. The dean called our names and, one by one, draped short white coats around our...

Read more: It's time for doctors to hang up the white coats for good

Want more girls to be interested in computer science? Change some classroom stereotypes

  • Written by The Conversation

Authors: The Conversation

imageDo the current stereotypes keep women from entering computer science?marleighnorton, CC BY-NC

Imagine a computer programmer. What does this person look like? What is this person doing? Is the person with anyone? What kinds of hobbies might he or she have?

Chances are that you imagined someone who is: male, white or Asian...

Read more: Want more girls to be interested in computer science? Change some classroom stereotypes

More Articles ...

  1. Native shrubs: a simple fix for drought-stricken crops in Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Three women scholars grade Carly Fiorina's performance at the GOP debate
  3. Why the Fed is no longer center of the financial universe
  4. Thank an aging audience for Facebook's proposed dislike button
  5. Capitalism must evolve to solve the climate crisis
  6. When Greenpeace hires journalists, it's a double-edged sword
  7. The key to your health could be in your ZIP code
  8. Does bioenergy have a green energy future in the US?
  9. Why storytelling skills matter for African-American kids
  10. Myth of the 'Missing Link' in evolution does science no favors
  11. Malaysians worldwide demand prime minister's resignation
  12. The tale of Uber and a 19th century French economist
  13. Why Pope Francis' US visit is making the GOP squirm
  14. Can we tie unisex fashion trends to gender equality?
  15. Explainer: why stocks fall when the Fed considers raising interest rates
  16. The 2015 Sierra Nevada snowpack is a 500-year record low
  17. Why more grandparents are raising their grandchildren
  18. Can Iran's rulers still use enemies abroad to rally nation?
  19. If Goldwater can win the GOP nomination, why not Trump?
  20. How advertising research explains Donald Trump's profound appeal
  21. Stem cells could help mend a broken heart, but they've got to mature
  22. Local fishing rights + marine reserves: a better approach to small-scale fisheries recovery
  23. Should the Fed raise rates? Wrong question – here's the right one
  24. It's true. It matters when professors know their students' names
  25. If we burned all fossil fuels, would any of Antartica's ice survive?
  26. Our prosperity is in peril unless we shift from a wasteful world to a 'circular economy'
  27. Fourteen years after 9/11, Obama still struggles to close Guantanamo Bay
  28. Inside academia: black professors are expected to 'entertain' while presenting
  29. Why aren't under-65s diagnosed with cancer until the disease is advanced?
  30. In today's NFL, forget Super Bowl dreams – it's all about fantasy
  31. El Niño – what it will bring this year and how it could change with global warming
  32. Real crisis in psychology isn't that studies don't replicate, but that we usually don't even try
  33. Explainer: is it really OK to eat food that's fallen on the floor?
  34. Oliver Sacks, the brain and God
  35. From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump in four short decades
  36. More Syrian refugees: good for national security
  37. Why dress and appearance matter at black colleges
  38. Stephen Colbert's Late Show feasts on political fare
  39. The Common Core is today's New Math – which is actually a good thing
  40. When it comes to academic quality, Europeans show the way
  41. To see why attitudes on having children have changed, look at...New Yorker cartoons?
  42. The other immigrants: how the super-rich skirt quotas and closed borders
  43. Emails won’t decide Clinton’s fate in 2016
  44. New models to predict recidivism could provide better way to deter repeat crime
  45. Are we overscheduling our kids from the moment they're born? The real 'labor' economics
  46. Europe’s migration and asylum policy disintegrates before our eyes
  47. Don't look away from Aylan Kurdi's image
  48. Life's not fair! So why do we assume it is?
  49. Data show drone attacks doomed to fail against ISIS in Syria
  50. How to dramatically reduce smoking without banning tobacco sales