This “Robotic Skin” can turn pretty much anything into a robot

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Inanimate objects coming to life — the stuff of nightmares? Not so when you can control the objects thanks to “robotic skin.” Then it’s just really, really cool.

You don’t have to take our word for it, either. Yale researchers have actually created this robotic skin, and they posted a video of it in action on Wednesday— the same day they published their research on the tech in the journal Science Robotics.

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Reforming higher education: when online degrees are seen as official

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In early 2012, leading minds from Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. started three companies to provide Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.  They were open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, no cost, millions of students signed up, and pundits called it a revolution.  The technology was supposed to transform higher education. What happened?   Continue reading… “Reforming higher education: when online degrees are seen as official”

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Big Think launches the Floating University e-learning platform

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What’s the Big Idea?  What if the world’s greatest thinkers and leading practitioners all taught at the same school? What if anyone, anywhere could enroll in this school? This fall, Big Think is proud to announce the launch of The Floating University, a new educational media venture that creates and distributes online multimedia curricula featuring the best experts, scholars and professionals that the world has to offer.

 

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Is An Ivy League Diploma Still Worth the Money?

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They’re often called the elite eight, boasting U.S. presidents, Nobel Prize winners, Wall Street CEOs, world leaders—as well as famous actors and musicians—among their alumni.  But they’re incredibly expensive and getting more so—prompting many students and families to ask: Is an Ivy League diploma really worth the money?

 

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Elite Colleges Reporting Record Low Acceptance Rates

Elite Colleges Reporting Record Low Acceptance Rates

The already crazed competition for admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities and colleges became even more intense this year, with many logging record low acceptance rates.

Harvard College, for example, offered admission to only 7.1 percent of the 27,462 high school seniors who applied — or, put another way, it rejected 93 of every 100 applicants, many with extraordinary achievements, like a perfect score on one of the SAT exams. Yale College accepted 8.3 percent of its 22,813 applicants. Both rates were records.

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