How college loans exploit students for profit | Sajay Samuel "Once upon a time in America," says professor Sajay Samuel, "going to college did not mean graduating with debt." Today, higher education has become a consumer product -- costs have skyrocketed, saddling students with a combined debt of over $1 trillion, while universities and loan companies make massive profits. Samuel proposes a radical solution: link tuition costs to a degree's expected earnings, so that students can ma..
Engineers Design a New Solar Cell That is More Efficient and Costs Less Engineers from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have developed a new solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the […] The post Engineers Design a New Solar Cell That is More Efficient and..
My love letter to cosplay | Adam Savage Adam Savage makes things and builds experiments, and he uses costumes to add humor, color and clarity to the stories he tells. Tracing his lifelong love of costumes -- from a childhood space helmet made of an ice cream tub to a No-Face costume he wore to Comic-Con -- Savage explores the world of cosplay and the meaning it creates for its community. "We're connecting with something important inside of us," he says. "The costumes are how we reve..
Geophysicists Resolve the Mystery About Wind Flows on Jupiter Using a spinning table and a massive garbage can, new experiments simulated Jupiter’s swirling winds in the laboratory for the first time. The results demonstrate that the winds likely extend thousands of miles below Jupiter’s visible atmosphere. Jupiter’s colorful, swirling winds known as “jets” have long puzzled astronomers. One mystery has been whether the jets […] The post Geophysicists Resolve the Mystery About Wi..
New Study Confirms the Ideas About Galaxy Cluster Evolution A new millimeter wavelength study of massive clusters from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has found good agreement with current ideas about galaxy cluster evolution. Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, […] The post New Study Confirms the..