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Climate scientists targeted by unrelenting harassment campaign

WASHINGTON — A major US-based science association on Wednesday issued an open letter expressing its concern about harassment of climate scientists, saying such tactics could harm scientific progress. The letter, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, followed an incident in Australia earlier this month when university…

Study: Students who resist change see teachers as biased

It has become a truism among conservative activists that college professors typically have a liberal bias which causes them to give lower grades to students who express right-wing opinions. In 2005, for example, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was a Minnesota state senator, she and another Republican legislator called for…

UK cops arrest professor for planning ‘zombie wedding,’ mock execution during royal ceremony

Over a dozen British police officers engaged in a “pre-crime” arrest of a university professor and a street theater group yesterday, in what activists called a “Minority Report”-style crackdown ahead of the royal wedding. Professor Chris Knight, 68, a former anthropology lecturer at the University of East London, had planned…

Two held for fatal shooting at Ohio frat party

WASHINGTON – Two men were arrested and charged with murder after they allegedly fired into a university fraternity party in Ohio, killing one student and wounding 11 others, police said. The men had been thrown out of the early morning party near the campus of Youngstown State University after a…

California student arrest may have averted disaster

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police at a Los Angeles university campus may have prevented a tragedy when they detained a deranged student later found to have a shotgun and bomb-making ingredients in his dorm room, the school’s police chief said on Saturday. California State University, Northridge, police chief Anne Glavin…

Bankers rebuffed by university over request to censor scholarly paper

A powerful banking association tried — and failed — to censor a Cambridge University student’s thesis that exposed a flaw in electronic card security. Chip and PIN is a smartcard payment system in the United Kingdom that requires customers to enter a personal identification number (PIN) when making a transaction.…

Extended exposure to Fox News makes voters stupid, university study finds

The troublesome record of spin by conservative television station Fox News has long been a cause for concern to many Americans, who frequently allege that the nation’s most viewed “news” network has the effect of dumbing down voters. Turns out, they were right. A University of Maryland study (PDF) published…

After tripling tuitions, UK may ban student marches

London’s top police officer says he is considering banning student marches in the wake of violent flare-ups at protests opposing a massive increase in university tuition fees. The move has prompted some observers to declare that Britain may be headed towards “martial law” as police push back against angry youth…

Students warned: Read WikiLeaks and you’re out of a government job

Graduate students at US universities are being warned not to read or post links to WikiLeaks documents, or they could be denied work with the US government. Several news reports suggest the State Department has been warning university departments that students could fail security screening if they are seen to…

Student protests turn violent in Rome

Italian students throwing eggs clash with police over reforms in protest that paralyzes Rome Italian students angry at state university budget cuts clashed Tuesday with riot police who used tear gas and police vans to seal off much of Rome’s historic center to stop protesters reaching Parliament. There were no…

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