IQ Tests: Are Humans getting smarter?

From the algorithms that make our social media accounts function to the sleep-tracking technology in our smartwatches, the world has never seemed so technologically advanced and developed. This is why it would be easy to assume that with each generation, humans are getting smarter. But is this the case? It’s a question many scientists have pondered, particularly so given that throughout the 20th century the average score on IQ tests around the world increased significantly – especially in the west. This increase was around three IQ points per decade – meaning we are technically living with more geniuses on the planet than ever [...]

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Chinese rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean, draws criticism from NASA

Remnants of China’s biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with most of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the atmosphere, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit but drawing U.S. criticism over lack of transparency. The coordinates given by Chinese state media, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office, put the point of impact in the ocean, west of the Maldives archipelago. Debris from the Long March 5B has had some people looking warily skyward since it blasted off from China’s Hainan island on April 29, but the China Manned Space Engineering Office said most [...]

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US college’s student inventors gaining national attention

Service for local companies grabs the spotlight as a potential aid to competitiveness In a world of universities being asked to more clearly show value, Indiana’s Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is gaining national attention as a possible model for converting US research knowledge into commercial growth. For the past 20 years, the private rural campus of about 2,000 undergraduates has been running a unique fee-for-service program in which companies can get low-cost help overcoming technological hurdles. Its successes include a nearly 100 percent post-graduation job placement rate and a string of companies that helped to develop new products in fields including healthcare, food, travel, [...]

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