Alan Alda challenged scientists to explain what a flame is to an 11-year-old. Three months and more than 800 entries later he is back with the winner of the contest. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the winning entry and why the contest was an effective exercise in science communication.
Teachers and school administrators in Richmond, Calif., dramatically reduced student suspensions by adopting a youth court program and other new approaches to discipline. But critics of the new approach say dropping traditional punishment could compromise school safety.
Federal interest rates on student loans are set to double on July 1, unless Congress takes action. Area Republicans claim President Obama is playing politics with legislation aimed at ensuring that doesn't happen.
New research shows that booms and busts in the housing industry help determine where high school students apply for college. Booms trigger applications to better colleges, busts to lesser quality schools.
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