The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Safety & Nuclear Power

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power. Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.

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The Takeaway

New Standards for Science Classes

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Expanding science literacy is crucial to the United States economy, and of enormous strategic importance if we are to compete globally. And yet the last time the United States had a consensus on the strategic importance of science education, Sputnik had just been launched.

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The Takeaway

Why the Kilogram Is Getting Heavier

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Inside a vault maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France rests a cylindrical chunk of metal known as the kilogram standard, but it turns out that the "standard" is gaining weight. Physicist Richard Davis explains why.

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School Districts Team Up to Demand Better Textbooks

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New York City's Department of Education is joining forces with 30 other school districts to demand textbooks that are in sync with the new Common Core standards. At a panel on Thursday, some school officials said companies were trying to slip materials by them, with stickers that say things like, "Common Core Ready."

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Lower East Side Middle School Explores What it Really Means to 'Raise Standards'

Monday, June 13, 2011

When it comes to public education, everyone from President Obama to Mayor Bloomberg is clear about the need to raise standards. One hundred New York City public schools have begun experimenting with the new standards that will soon be required by New York State.

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