It’s no secret that the cost of education has skyrocketed in America and continues to be a core issue with which politicians, educators, activists and students grapple. The average total tuition and fees plus room-and-board charges in 2018-19 for an in-state, public four-year college was $21,370, according to a College Board report. How are students paying for that? With student loans. Lots of student loans. Outstanding student loan debt rose to $1.46 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve. While we can advocate for change within and outside of the political system, we must play ball in the meantime —Read More →

By Min-Ling Li Min-Ling is a Program Coordinator at IEA and works most closely with our high school Apprenticeship Program, through which she meets and interacts with many gifted high school students. Before coming to IEA, she was a high school mathematics teacher. Going off to college is probably one of my best and most anxious memories. At that point in time, it seemed that all of my prior education was in preparation for this milestone. As a first-generation college student, the plethora of tasks to complete for college applications was overwhelming. I recall that my mom, who completed 6th grade in China before immediatelyRead More →

The satellite communications that ships, planes and the military use to connect to the internet are vulnerable to hackers that, in the worst-case scenario, could carry out “cyber-physical attacks”, turning satellite antennas into weapons that operate, essentially, like microwave ovens. According to research presented at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, a number of popular satellite communication systems are vulnerable to the attacks, which could also leak information and hack connected devices. The attacks, which are merely a nuisance for the aviation sector, could pose a safety risk for military and maritime users, the research claims. Ruben Santamarta, a researcher for theRead More →

We’re less than two weeks from the Democrats’ first debate in Miami on June 26 and 27. I’m looking forward to the occasion — not so much because I’m eager to hear Bill de Blasio trying to drop some too-clever-by-half insults on the front-runners, but because the debates should help us exit a doldrums phase of the Democratic primary in which not a lot has been happening. Until then, we’re left with some pretty slim pickings for Silver Bulletpoints. So I want to focus this week’s edition around the recent Selzer & Co. poll of Iowa, which was conducted on behalf of CNN, the DesRead More →

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 24 art installations Twenty-four pop-up art installations appeared around New York City yesterday, including in front of the offices of major news organizations and Google. They consist of a small enclosure of chainlink fence with what appears to be a child inside beneath a blanket, and they play audio captured from a detained child in a border holding facility. “No kids in cages,” read signs on the installations’ fences. Police removed several installations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. [The Washington Post] 60 percent of “meat” By the year 2040, according to aRead More →

  I would consider myself pretty healthy. I’m 37 years old 5’5” 160lbs, I don’t smoke, do drug, drink occasionally and exercise a few times a week. I don’t do anything considered extreme by any means. But lately (last 2 years to be exact) my body fat percentage has been rising. For my height and age the normal body weight percentage is should be 25-31% as acceptable. Body Fat Percentage Categories Classification Women (% Fat) Men (% Fat) Athletes 14-20% 6-13% Fitness 21-24% 14-17% Acceptable 25-31% 18-25% Obese 32% + 25% + Last year I was 28% body fat and this year I was at 29%Read More →

On Thursday, November 20, IEA welcomed fifty guests to The Barder House in Pasadena, California, for our Autumn Benefit. The heartwarming sense of community along with an intellectually stimulating lecture created an amazing evening. Thank you to all who joined us. Here are a few of the event highlights. After an opening reception featuring cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Matt Roman, attendees enjoyed a guest lecture by IEA parent and friend Dr. Steve Hindle. Dr. Hindle presented a comparative talk on the English and American Civil Wars, making parallels between the takeover of the British monarchy by Oliver Cromwell and the leadership ofRead More →