"Every Major's Terrible," as Performed by an Actual University Chorus

Readers of XKCD may already be familiar with "Every Major's Terrible," Randall Munroe's cynical ode to undergraduate indecision, but there's a good chance you've never seen or heard it performed by an actual person – let alone an entire chorus. That's where the Simon Fraser University Choir comes in. » 1/19/14 1:00pm 1/19/14 1:00pm

Academic fraud in China is getting out of hand

In a few short years, China has metamorphosed from a middling contributor to scientific knowledge into one of the most prolific research entities on the planet. But the country's meteoric ascent to scientific prominence – widely attributed to a flawed incentive system – has given unintentional rise to a lucrative… » 9/30/13 12:24pm 9/30/13 12:24pm

How long is the average PhD dissertation?

Though page number is obviously far less important than the content and quality of one's work, it is nevertheless very common for PhD candidates to obsess over the length of their theses. How many pages should it be? How long are other people's theses? Short answer: it varies. And by more than you may realize. » 7/15/13 8:00am 7/15/13 8:00am

UC Riverside Solidifies Its Reputation As Haven for Science Fiction…

The University of California at Riverside has always had a vast, impressive collection of science fiction books and related ephemera in its library. This year the university is solidifying its reputation as the school to go to for serious scholarship related to scifi. They're holding a series of distinguished lectures… » 2/02/09 4:55pm 2/02/09 4:55pm