The Daily Populous

Sunday April 8th, 2018 night edition

image for The first comprehensive study of China’s STEM research environment based on 731 surveys by STEM faculty at China’s top 25 universities found a system that stifles creativity and critical thinking needed for innovation, hamstrings researchers with bureaucracy, and rewards quantity over quality.

But when it comes to China’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research environment, newly published research suggests that they may have a long way to go.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, explores key challenges that face this burgeoning area of Chinese higher education as the nation pushes to become an academic superpower.

While prior research has relied on anecdotal accounts and small focus groups, Appelbaum and Han gathered data from 731 surveys completed by STEM faculty at China’s top 25 universities.

They sought to understand not only the issues facing the country’s top researchers, but how government policies might affect their capacity to innovate.

“Our research shows that the Chinese educational system stifles creativity and the critical thinking necessary to achieve innovative breakthroughs, too often hamstrings researchers with bureaucratic requirements, and rewards quantity over quality,” said Appelbaum.

“That’s because the challenges that are facing China’s research environment are not things that can be easily fixed by money.

“They should monitor progress in reforming the educational system to encourage more creative and innovative thought, rather than simply counting publications and patents.”. »

Mom arrested after Tempe toddler ate mac and cheese made with TH

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A Tempe mom was arrested after police say her child ate mac and cheese made with THC butter.

The Department of Child Safety was notified by someone in Limpert's home that her almost-two-year-old daughter had ingested THC butter while eating macaroni and cheese with her father.

Limpert later admitted making the mac and cheese with THC for her husband, but did not know her daughter ingested it. »

Boris Johnson involved in £160,000 “gift” of Russian money to Conservative party

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When details of the deal emerged Cameron was forced to publicly defend the pair’s actions and denied he had taken money from a “Putin crony”.

Johnson has been accused of trying to use the poisoning of the Russian spy in Salisbury to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to deflect questions about Russian money flooding into the Conservative party in recent years.

In an attempt to deflect the question, Johnson called the amendments, which might affect some influential billionaires and political donors, “unsuitable“. »

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

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The program is due to be fully operational by 2020, but is being piloted for millions of people already.

Potential misdeeds include trying to ride with no ticket, loitering in front of boarding gates, or smoking in no-smoking areas.

There is also a list for good citizens — that will reportedly get you more matches on dating websites. »