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Using (And Abusing) Data To Rank Colleges

Last week, U.S. News and World Report dropped George Washington University from their all-important "Best Colleges" list over inflated data. Some are questioning the value of those rankings, and asking why potentially more useful information about graduation rates and post-graduation salaries aren't collected or shared consistently. As college application deadlines near, we look at what information is and isn't available to students.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 4, 2015

You can see two films about dramatic changes—one real, the other fictional—in small, European communities.

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'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
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Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

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The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

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