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“The Rats Say Yes” to inventor Robert R. Williams

"The Rats Say Yes" was made for the 2010 National History Day, an annual nationwide competition in which students present projects relating to a theme. The theme this year was Innovation in History. Each year more than half a million students participate by conducting research in libraries, archives and museums, conducting oral history interviews, and visiting historic sites, and then presenting their findings as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.




Learning From The Gulf Oil Spill Could Save Our Planet

President Barack Obama received generally poor marks for his June 15th Oval Office speech on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It was calm, reasoned and precisely worded - just the sort of thing that doesn't fly when Americans are angry. But the "law professor" speech, as some...




Will Politics Trump Economic Progress?

In 2007, following roughly a year-and-a-half of bipartisan discussions, the U.S. Congress passed what is now known as the America COMPETES Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked the Act's reauthorization for a second time, creating a...




Confessions of a Converted Lecturer: Eric Mazur

Eric Mazur: "I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material?




Changing Times in Science

Members of the science community often disagree about the need for more scientists in the U.S. In surveys examining the efficacy of science education and the need for more scientists, some study results suggest a dearth of scientists, while others proclaim a glut in a tight employment environment. But no one questions the need for more inspired and inventive scientists.