Outsourced grading comes to college - Chronicle

Overloaded professors and TAs are often not able to provide the kind of feedback that students desire or deserve. One company is addressing this, by providing “virtual TAs” from all over the world who will grade your papers — for a price. But what are the costs, and benefits, really? Check out this article.   

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Endangered whales felt respite with 9/11-induced quiet - Futurity.org

Recently released research used the “natural experiment” conditions of the lull in ship activity after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to measure the stress effects of ship noise in right whales. They found a significant decrease in stress hormones in these endangered animals during the period of reduced ship activity. The UW’s Center for Conservation Biology‘s Sam Wasser is a co-author on the original study. 

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