Coursera moves closer to academic acceptance

Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, Stanford University computer science professors who started Coursera,

Coursera, an online-education provider is one step closer to academic acceptance, saying Thursday that the American Council on Education would recommend colleges grant credit for the successful completion of some of its free classes.

 

 

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Amazing 3-D Sidewalk Art Class With Edgar Mueller

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SaskWater is once again sponsoring Street Art, an art form popular in Europe for centuries and only starting to make its way into North America. Internationally renowned 3D artist Edgar Mueller will be coming from Germany to give a workshop to local artists, during which he will create his own vibrant masterpiece on River Street.

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Ergonomic Stand-Up Desks Allow Students To Stand Or Sit While Working

Stand-Up Desks Allow Students To Stand Or Sit While Working 

 Abby Brown, the sixth grade teacher who designed the stand-up desks

From the hallway, Abby Brown’s sixth-grade classroom in a little school here about an hour northeast of Minneapolis has the look of the usual one, with an American flag up front and children’s colorful artwork decorating the walls.

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On The High School Popularity Scale, Being In The Middle Has Rewards

On The High School Popularity Scale, Being In The Middle Has Rewards 

The cult of popularity that reigns in high school can look quaint from a safe distance, like your 20th reunion. By then the social order may have turned over like an hourglass: teenagers who were socially invisible have emerged as colorful characters, confident, transformed. Others seem preserved in time, same as ever, while some former princes and queen bees are diminished or simply absent, now invisible themselves.

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The Fate of China’s Useful Exotics

 The Fate of China’s Useful Exotics

 Twelve major minority groups in China

Disdained by the Chinese majority and harassed by the government, Beijing uses its ethnic minorities to portray itself as a seemingly tolerant and multi-ethnic nation. Now the identity of China’s minorities is threatened by modernization, commerce and pop culture. (Pics)

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iPhones For Every Freshmen At ACU

iPhones For Every Freshmen At ACU

Even the crazy hot chicks are attracted to ACU now

iPhones or iPod Touches will be issued to incoming freshmen at Abilene Christian University (ACU) this fall. The intent is to provide what amounts to a “campus lifeline” that lets students check on every aspect of their campus life with a single, pocket-sized device. (Video)

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China To Offer Free Schooling for Migrant Kids

China To Offer Free Schooling for Migrant Kids

 A new era for China’s migrant children

Children of migrant workers will have the same education opportunities as their urban counterparts before the end of this year, the China Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday. “The central government will allocate funds to local education departments sufficient to cover extra education expenses in accordance with the number of migrant children they accept,” the ministry said on its website.

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Introducing the $82,350 MonoTracer

Introducing the $82,350 MonoTracer

The MonoTracer is in a class of its own

Before you think about it, this is a real vehicle. Not a prototype or mock up, a real expensive first-class ride.

The MonoTracer is an enclosed motorcycle or “cabin cycle,” a style of vehicle which experiences a lot less drag than your average motorbike and keeps you from having to pick the bugs from between your teeth later. Its aerodynamic design and 130 horsepower engine get the MonoTracer from zero to 60 in about 5.7 seconds, and it has more speed than you’ll ever need, topping out at 155 mph. (w/pics and video)

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