These Are the World’s Most Innovative Economies

There’s something about those Nordic countries. In the battle of ideas, Sweden climbed to No. 2 and Finland cracked into the top five of the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which scores economies using factors including research and development spending and the concentration of high-tech public companies. South Korea remained the big winner, topping the international 

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Article of the Day: Why Email Is Only 7 Percent as Effective as Talking

The development of email and texting has enhanced our ability to communicate productively, efficiently, and quickly. But, based on new research into how human communication works, it’s easy to see a downside to our over-reliance on emails and texts. In fact, some of our online habits may be undermining our efforts at communicate successfully. For 

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Varsities Eye Austerity Measures as Student Debt Increases

Johannesburg – Leading universities have reported sharp increases in student debt levels ahead of re-opening for the new academic year despite no fee increases last year. Wits and the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, among others, told The Sunday Independent they were preparing for austerity measures to reduce budget deficits ahead of the 

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Billionaire Offers Biggest Education Prize

A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world’s most valuable education prize. The Yidan Prize will award nearly $8m (£6.64m) every year to two research projects that have the potential to “transform” global education. Charles Chen Yidan, who co-founded China’s internet company, Tencent, wants to use the prize to scale up innovative education research projects 

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Education Department in Spat with Human Rights Commission

Department told to deliver textbooks and stationery. The Department of Basic Education is embroiled in a spat with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which has criticised the department’s failure to deliver stationery and textbooks in Limpopo. In the statement released on Friday, the SAHRC gave Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga until Thursday to 

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Article of the Day: A Simple Lie Detection Technique You Can Actually Use

“Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.” –Mark Twain Much research has tested the reliability of various lie detection techniques. Some methods are quite effective – if you’re properly trained and if you apply these skills frequently. However, there is no lie detection “magic bullet” that works every time and 

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UK University Researchers May Have Found Anti-Fake News Tool

Cambridge University researchers have created psychological tools that can combat fake news. Apparently, mixing misinformation with actual facts can help cancel out the effects of bogus claims. BBC reported that researchers at Cambridge University have suggested that “pre-emptively exposing” readers to small bits of misinformation can negate the effects of fake news. The study’s lead 

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