A new report says Miami is the seventh least-affordable large metro area in the world. The recent report by urban researchers Richard Florida and Steven Pedigo says the Miami region's housing unaffordability crisis reinforces its high levels of inequality. "Miami has a very high end economy, attracting people from around the world. And an incredible influx of north easterners are streaming in here with high incomes," Florida said. "On the other hand, we have another economy, which is entirely filled with people who may not be working or working in very low skilled insecure jobs. And they’re sinking." The report says only Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and New York are more expensive than the Miami area. Top News Photos: First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole Released National Science Foundation According to the study, "low-income service workers" make up more than half of the region’s workforce. So while Miami has seen a surplus of units being built - … [Read more...] about Miami is 7th Least Affordable City in World: Report
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The Science component of "The Nation's Report Card" was released today and clearly indicates that we have moved one step closer as a nation in two of our most important goals: Building a large and complacent poorly educated low-pay labor class, and increasing the size of our science-illiterate populace in order to allow the advance of medieval morality and Iron Age Christian values. The "Nation's Report Card" is meant to report academic achievement of K-12 students, and is conducted by the US Department of Education as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The current report covers 4th and 8th grade science results, and has some information on 12 grade science, for urban school districts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore City, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fresno, Houston, Jefferson County Kentucky, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Diego. For fourth grade science, Austin, Charlotte and Jefferson County look … [Read more...] about The Nation’s Science Report Card is out. Everything is going fine.
There was a brief flurry of discussion yesterday kicked off by Matt Yglesias posting People Don't Major in Science—Because It's Hard, which more or less says what the title would lead you to believe (either title, since he's blogging for Slate where they like to give pages titles that don't match the post titles...). This was inspired by a National Bureau of Economic Research paper, the full text of which seems to be paywalled, sort of-- they emailed it to me at my work address for free. And since I could get it, I figured I should dig into it a bit to see what it really said. I'm not going to do this in the humorous Q&A format like I do for physics papers, for a bunch of reasons. Primarily that, on a quasi-aesthetic level, I found this pretty awful. This is mostly a matter of differing norms between fields-- I'm sure that it's perfectly within the normal style range for the intended audience, but coming from physics, a whole bunch of things about this made me twitch. I … [Read more...] about Science Is Hard?: “A Major in Science? Initial Beliefs and Final Outcomes for College Major and Dropout”
Published 8:34 am CST, Sunday, December 9, 2018 Renewable and fossil-fuel energy is produced when wind generators are seen in front of a coal fired power plant near Jackerath, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Renewable and fossil-fuel energy is produced when wind generators are seen in front of a coal fired power plant near Jackerath, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Photo: Martin Meissner, AP Photo: Martin Meissner, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Renewable and fossil-fuel energy is produced when wind generators are seen in front of a coal fired power plant near Jackerath, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Renewable and fossil-fuel energy is produced when wind generators are seen in front of a coal fired power plant near Jackerath, Germany, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. … [Read more...] about Climate talks pause as battle over key science report looms
Health The anti-vaxx movement has been gaining momentum in countries across the globe. In a world of post truth politics, more and more parents are buying into the belief that vaccines come with health risks. Many still believe the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is linked with autism, despite numerous scientific studies debunking this myth. Experts must find better ways to explain to people why we know that vaccines are safe and helpful to society. First-time parents face a barrage of complicated questions: How do we keep the baby safe? Is everything in the house all right? What about nutrition and environmental safety? Not all new parents agree on these subjects and sleep deprivation doesn’t exactly help. Some also have grandparents weighing in too. The first weeks of a baby’s life is the worst possible moment for parents to start discussions about childhood immunizations, research by the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI) and the School of Design Thinking … [Read more...] about The Anti Vaxxer Movement is Growing—We Need to Restore Faith in Science