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Judge Rules Harvard’s ‘Fine Admissions Policy’ Passes Constitutional Test

Harvard University’s undergraduate admissions program does not discriminate against Asian-American applicants, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday, rejecting a lawsuit brought by opponents of affirmative action and backed by the Trump administration. The lawsuit was brought by a group hoping …

Boston Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood

Slow as molasses? This treacle didn’t trickle. It was a sticky, deadly tsunami that flattened an entire Boston neighborhood within seconds. This week the city marked the 100th anniversary of its most peculiar disaster – the Great Molasses Flood. It …

It’s Not Easy to Teach Robot Drivers to Think Like Humans

Robot cars make for annoying drivers. Relative to human motorists, the driverless vehicles now undergoing testing on public roads are overly cautious, maddeningly slow, and prone to abrupt halts or bizarre paralysis caused by bikers, joggers, crosswalks or anything else …

Harvard Blasts Plaintiff in Seeking Dismissal of Admissions Discrimination Claim

Harvard University said a lawsuit by Asian-Americans who claim the school discriminated against them during the admissions process should be dismissed because their arguments are based on “invective, mis-characterizations and in some cases outright misrepresentations.” The Ivy League school told …

Could Global Warming Be Speeding Up? It’s Likely, Say Harvard Scientists

Two climate scientists suggest they’ve come closer to resolving a critical debate about how quickly human activity will heat up the planet. The answer isn’t good news. It’s almost universally understood that the Earth will continue to get warmer for …

Harvard University Dining Hall Workers Prepare Strike Over Wages and Health Insurance

Harvard University dining hall workers are preparing to go on strike. The workers, represented by the Unite Here Local 26, say they’ll strike starting Wednesday if a new contract isn’t reached by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Union negotiator Michael Kramer says …

Insure Against Risk of Climate Catastrophe: Peter Orszag in Bloomberg View

“Go Set a Watchman” isn’t the only book this year that brings new perspective to an old story line. “Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet” should shift our narrative on climate change. The old story line: People …