Day: April 2, 2021

Colt McCoy helped rich UT-Austin donors fight to keep “The Eyes of Texas”

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Former Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy, who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals, was among a group of connected University of Texas at Austin donors who organized an effort last June to pressure university leaders to keep the alma mater song, “The Eyes of Texas,” according to new emails provided to The Texas Tribune.

Last month, the Tribune reported that dozens of UT-Austin donors threatened to pull funds if the university got rid of the song, which has been the

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EmDrive: Is It Possible? | Scientists Just Killed the EmDrive

  • The “impossible” EmDrive has failed international testing in three new papers.
  • The idea was always far out, but that’s part of how science moves forward.
  • EmDrive works (or not) by pumping microwaves into an asymmetrical closed chamber.

    In major international tests, the physics-defying EmDrive has failed to produce the amount of thrust proponents were expecting. In fact, in one test at Germany’s Dresden University, it didn’t produce any thrust at all. Is this the end of the line for EmDrive?

    You think space is badass. So do we. Let’s nerd out over it together.

    The EmDrive, copyrighted by

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    Gov. Stitt signs two education bills into law Wednesday as several oppose one of them

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed two education bills into law Wednesday that would change the state’s funding formula and expand the time students can transfer districts, while allowing districts to deny a transfer.

    The two bills being signed left House and Senate Democrats fuming. They said on the surface it appears it will help, but in the end, they feel it will hurt school districts. Supporters, though, said the bills leave parents with a choice and help with what Stitt calls a “ghost student” problem.

    “We think this is make-sense legislation,” Stitt said.

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    Ellison calls for debt forgiveness for students defrauded by for-profit college

    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has joined 24 other state attorneys general in seeking payment refunds and the cancellation of student loans for former students of ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit college that closed in 2016.

    The “borrower’s defense” application to the U.S. Department of Education requests loan forgiveness for students who borrowed federal money to attend ITT Technical Institute between at least 2007 and 2011. The college misled students about the value of a degree, according to the application.

    Under federal law, the U.S. Department of Education can forgive federal student loans for borrowers who were deceived.

    More than

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    Groups demand change after alleged discrimination at University of Central Oklahoma

    Different groups at the University of Central Oklahoma are demanding change after alleging discrimination on campus, and they are accusing the school of hiding it. A tipster sent us a letter sent to the president of UCO, which states members of the African American, Native American, Latino, and LGBTQ faculty and staff associations said they’ve felt discriminated against at the school. They mention an unfair hiring process, had their complaints disregarded, and faced instances of bias, discrimination and racism in educational contexts and employment contexts.We are further told all four affinity groups met on March 23 with President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar. … Read More

    Science Plays the Long Game. But People Have Mental Health Issues Now.

    When it came to judging government-funded research projects — a cleaner enterprise, presumably — I again asked the questions that people in crisis continually asked me. Is this study finding useful for my son, or my sister, in any way? Or, more generously, given the pace of research: Could this work potentially be useful to someone, at some point in their lifetime?

    The answer, almost always, was no. Again, this is not to say that the tools and technical understanding of brain biology didn’t advance. It’s just that those advances didn’t have an impact on mental health care, one way

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