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Wake Forest examines value of college education

For Bill Zandi, the son of Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi, enrolling as a student at a prestigious private institution like Wake Forest University was less surprising than the student's choice of major: philosophy.

The folly of big agriculture: Why nature always wins

Large-scale industrial agriculture depends on engineering the land to ensure the absence of natural diversity. But as the recent emergence of herbicide-tolerant weeds on U.S. farms has shown, nature ultimately finds a way to subvert uniformity and assert itself.

Why free PC power management tools may not be worth the money

Sure, there are all sorts of pared-down but free options for reduce the energy used by your computer fleet. But sometimes free is too cheap, and it'll end up costing you in the end.

China suspends Bo from party elite

The senior Communist Party figure at the centre of China's most sensational political scandal in decades, Bo Xilai, has been suspended from the party's ruling elite amid revelations his wife has been named a prime suspect in the murder of British national Neil Heywood.

Tennessee law allows creationism theory in classrooms

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday refused to sign a bill that would permit discussion of creationism in classrooms alongside the traditional evolutionary-based explanation of the origins of life, but allowed it to become law anyway.

Can a Chinese trade group make rare earth minerals greener?

A new trade group aims to reduce environmental damage from rare earth materials, but it likely won't increase the supply of the minerals -- which cleantech and IT firms depend on -- or check soaring prices.

Lafayette conference shows concern about liberal arts colleges’ economic future

A year ago, the notion that Smith College -- with a $1 billion endowment, high student demand, and frequently cited educational quality -- was raising existential questions, particularly about its economic model, seemed a fairly radical notion.