Dylan Does Quantum Physics

I enjoyed the chance to speak with a group of (mostly) young men and women interested in actively pursuing a better society based on abundance, transparency and laws and policies that are more responsive to our needs.

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Honoris Causa

It is with admiration for your dedication to economic justice and your commitment to create fairness for all who seek the American dream that Union College presents you with an honorary degree. I, President Stephen Ainlay, am happy to confer on you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto.

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It’s the Culture

Through our 30 Million Jobs Tour, we began to discover a community that was driven not by the rules of the traditional system, but rather one that was focused on getting more for less. This new culture is one that places connection, community, and sustainability at the top of its priorities, and there are millions of people throughout the United States that are working to problem-solve our country’s greatest problems.

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Oh, the Udacity!

Meet Sebastian Thrun, an education pioneer with the ambitious goal of democratizing education altogether. The professor has been working to bring advanced education to the masses through his online start-up Udacity, a potential learning revolution.

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The Fight To End Global Poverty

More than $200 billion is donated by individuals in the U.S. a year to charity, but nearly half of the world’s population still lives in poverty. Yale economics professor Dean Karlan, founder of the non-profit organization Innovations for Poverty Action, talks with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan about where charitable donations go and how people can work together better to fight poverty.

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You had me at hello: How phrasing affects memorability

Cornell researchers took short, memorable lines from around 1,000 movies and compared them against other lines of a similar length spoken by the same character at about the same point in the film. (They define memorable lines as those listed as such on the Internet Movie Database website, IMDB.com.)

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The Accordion Family: Why Are Young Americans Moving Back Home?

“Leaving the Nest.” It’s a term most parents are happy to say once they proudly send their kids out the door and into the world when they head off to college. So why are so many kids moving back home after college? Katherine Newman of Johns Hopkins University tackles this question in her new book The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: “The Invention of Tomorrow is Absent Today”

Renowned astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planitarium Neil deGrasse Tyson is calling for a major rethinking and reinvestment — not only for America’s space program, but an entire revaluation of making science, research and technology in our country a priority on a national level.

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