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Stephen Hawking, Famed Physicist, Dies at 76

Hawking's scientific claim to fame was his revelation that the universe began in a singularity, an infinitely dense point of spacetime.

My New Article on the Tijaniyya and Al-Azhar in JAAR

The Journal of the American Academy of Religion has published my article on the relationship between the Tijaniyya Sufi brotherhood, particularly the community of Ibrahim Niasse (1900-1975), and Egypt’s Al-Azhar University. You can find the abstract here.

The gendered impact of eliminating mandatory retirement

On March 6th, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario released a report on the sustainability of university expenditures. One of the issues highlighted in the report was financial cost of eliminating standard retirement at age 65. As Simona Chiose...

Meet the universe’s weirdest, wackiest stars: Live-stream lecture

Our galaxy is filled with so many stars, some were bound to be oddballs. This month, the Perimeter Public Lecture looks at some of the strangest. Watch live on Mar. 7 The post Meet the universe’s weirdest, wackiest stars: Live-stream lecture appeared first on

York university strike: Confusion on campus

With professors contradicting official communications, attendance for some classes is sparse while others are still full The post York university strike: Confusion on campus appeared first on

Sweet Success

It began as unlikely partnership in the fall of 2010.  Jonathan was a sophomore Entrepreneurship major at Belmont University.  James was a senior Marketing major at Lipscomb University.  Both students were members of the tennis teams of the two arch rival universities, which at that time were still in the same conference. Show More Summary

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: She Carried a Garrotte! Local media reports say …

COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: She Carried a Garrotte! Local media reports say more than 150 people took part in the rally against University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson. He has come under fire for refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns and opposing Bill C-16, which extends legal protections to transgender […]

From the Nixon Era, a Pioneering Proposal for Universal Catastrophic Health Insurance

People today remember the Nixon era mainly for the fiasco of Watergate, but there were positive moments, as well. Those included the first moon landing, passage of the Clean Air Act, and a dramatic diplomatic opening to China. There were also some bold policy initiatives that did not immediately bear fruit. Show More Summary

Portland State receives $1m grant to aid STEM transfer students

(Portland State University) Portland State University faculty have received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help students transferring from community colleges to achieve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees. More than half of the money will go to student scholarships.

Second U.S. Baby Born VIA Transplanted Uterus

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has announced a second woman in the U.S. who was born without a uterus has given birth to a baby, thanks to a uterus transplant. The post Second U.S. Baby Born VIA Transplanted Uterus appeared first on Growing Your Baby.

Microsoft targets university students with new Azure for Students plan

Microsoft is adding a second student-focused plan for Azure to its line-up, which includes free access to a number of the company's AI services.

Non-smokers with oral precancerous lesions at increased risk of cancer

(University of British Columbia) Although tobacco use is still one of the strongest risk factors associated with mouth cancers, precancerous lesions in the mouths of non-smokers are more likely to progress to cancer than those in smokers, new research from the University of British Columbia has found.

Applied math reveals the key to stopping norovirus lies -- literally -- in our own hands

(Arizona State University) From stately cruise ships to Olympic host cities, recent headline-grabbing outbreaks prove that norovirus, an incapacitating stomach bug, can strike anywhere and anytime. A new study from Royal Society Open...Show More Summary

Cosmologists find way to verify if the universe is hotter at one end than the other

Scientists have long observed an apparent gradient in the cosmic microwave background but have been unable to determine how much is real and how much is perceived. USC Dornsife researchers appear to have found a way to an answer.

MD Anderson and Berkeley Lights launch Optera Therapeutics to accelerate development of cell therapy

(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Berkeley Lights, Inc. today announced the launch of Optera Therapeutics Corp, a biopharmaceutical company developing cell therapies with scalable manufacturing solutions for cancer.

Study suggests molecular imaging strategy for determining molecular classifications of NSCLC

(Molecular Imaging Research Center (MIRC) of Harbin Medical University) Recent findings suggest a novel positron emission tomography (PET) imaging approach determining epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status for improved lung cancer patient management. The findings are published in the March 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Army scientists help robots understand humans with board game idea

(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Information scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Michigan have borrowed from the popular game "20 Questions," to make an important step towards helping robots maintain continuous and purposeful conversation with humans. Show More Summary

Social sensing emerges as a tool for Army leaders

(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Army and university scientists are turning to problems with social media to create social sensing as a scientific discipline. For the Army in particular, this emerging science space, they say, will better help commanders assess and comprehend the accuracy and true meaning of information on the battlefield.

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