Category Archives: Education

How to Save Ukraine


By Keith Darden – Inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events; the struggle between Russia and the West has been a catalyst, but not a cause.

The protagonists in this conflict are subnational regions.

The EU association process, and especially the protests, repression, and revolution that followed, activated very deep and long-standing divisions between them.

Unless Kiev deals with its regions and installs a more legitimate, decentralized government, Ukraine will not be won by the East or the West. It will be torn apart.

Kiev needs to transfer some very substantial powers, including those over education, language, law, and taxation, to the regions. more> http://goo.gl/N0fbWm

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Five Minutes with David Cole
WordPress – As a Happiness Engineer, everything I do revolves around helping others and making WordPress.com a better experience for us all.

Since I joined Automattic almost one year ago, I’ve helped users via our public forums, private support channels, and terms of service queues. I’ve also had the privilege of training staff, beta-testing new features, traveling for work/play with my fantastic co-workers, and much more.

You’ll currently find me answering questions in real-time as part of the Live Chat squad. more> http://tinyurl.com/lpf7jbx

Tiny “step edges” are a big step for surface science


R&D – It can be found in toothpaste, solar cells, and it is useful for chemical catalysts: titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an extremely versatile material. Although it is used for so many different applications, the behaviour of titanium oxide surfaces still surprises.

The surface of titanium oxide is never completely flat. On a microscopic scale, there are tiny steps and edges, many of them with a height of only one atomic layer. At these edges, electrons can localize quite easily.

“We have observed that oxygen molecules can connect to the surface precisely at these locations,” says Ulrike Diebold at the Vienna Univ. of Technology. more> http://goo.gl/PWzvBy

The Role For The Business Press As Watchdog And Think Tank


By Paul Glader – News organizations could do a better job of labeling and explaining the difference between news and opinion. And news organizations should recognize their potential to expand their opinion and analysis role.

Employing more experts and producing new kinds of reporting and analysis is a smart way forward for news organizations. more> http://tinyurl.com/p7xpwoh

How GE Plans to Act Like a Startup


By Liz Stinson – Last year, the aviation engineers at General Electric found themselves with a jet engine bracket problem.

GE turned to GrabCAD, an online community of more than a million engineers and designers, and presented a challenge: Whoever could redesign a bracket that reduced the most weight while still supporting the engine would win $7,000.

More than 1,000 entries came in, with the winning design by M Arie Kurniawan a young Indonesian engineer who reduced the weight by a whopping 84 percent, to .72 pounds. more> http://tinyurl.com/nm7kyb8