2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
- Why Common Core may not fix our kids' problems with math
That's lower than the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average, leaving the U.S. 26th out of 34 OECD countries. Americans did achieve average scores for the science and reading literacy sections, but even this is a little disappointing considering how much our government spends on education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the PISA results a "picture of educational stagnation" in a press release. Unsurprisingly, he used the scores as a justification for pushing Common Core, a set of standards to increase educational rigor, focus on conceptual thinking rather than memorization, and utilize international benchmarks.
- Obama 'crossed the constitutional line,' House panel is told
Two constitutional law professors told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama exceeded his authority when he unilaterally extended the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The law professors made their comments during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority. “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.
- A taste of the horrible things to come for Windows XP
Windows XP is now more than 12 years old but according to data from Net Applications, it is still used on more than 31% of desktop and laptop computers around the world. Those tens of millions of PC users could be in for a very rude awakening next year once Microsoft cuts off support for the aged operating system. Microsoft itself even warned users of the imminent tsunami of viruses and other malware that will inevitably wash over XP stragglers once it stops issuing updates and fixes for the OS. Now, a recently discovered critical zero-day flaw has been acknowledged in a Microsoft support document that could cause serious problems for XP users. “The vulnerability is an elevation of privilege
- Shell floats hull of enormous rig
- 11-year-old stopped from selling mistletoe, but told begging allowed
- Spooky Physics Phenomenon May Link Universe's Wormholes
Wormholes — shortcuts that in theory can connect distant points in the universe — might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement, where the behavior of particles can be connected regardless of distance, researchers say. These findings could help scientists explain the universe from its very smallest to its biggest scales. Currently, researchers have two disparate theories, quantum mechanics and general relativity, which can respectively mostly explain the universe on its tiniest scales and its largest scales. In principle, these warps in the fabric of space and time can behave like shortcuts connecting any black holes in the universe, making them a common staple of science fiction.
- Most youth unhappy with Obama's job performance: poll
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Young Americans are unhappy with virtually every major thing President Barack Obama has done since he was re-elected, but they would still vote for him today, according to the results of a Harvard University survey released on Wednesday. This increasingly influential demographic known as the "millennial generation" has been a traditional base of Obama's support. Still, disapproval ratings were higher for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. And a plurality of respondents, 46 percent, said they would still vote for Obama for president if they could recast their 2012 ballots, compared with 35 percent who said they would vote for the then-Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.