If you want good information, ask around – a lot

“Under the right circumstances,” Surowiecki argues, “groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them.” For evidence, he cites how groups have been used to find lost submarines, correct the spread on a sporting event, locate a Web page, even predict the president of the United States. So why aren’t we using groups more? Well, for one, crowds have a pretty bad rep. –John Freeman…

Children's roundabout solves the water problem in remote areas

Traditional sources of water collection are from dams, springs, rivers, streams and farm reservoirs, with the introduction of boreholes where these traditional sources of water are unavailable. Until now such boreholes have been operated by handpumps as the use of modern alternatives such as diesel, petrol or electric pumps are costly to install and have the concomitant constant financial burden of fuel and maintenance costs. –Children’s roundabout solves the water…

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'Plagiarist' to sue university

A student who admits plagiarising his way through his three-year degree course plans to sue his university for negligence after he was caught out on the day before his final exam. Michael Gunn was told by the University of Kent at Canterbury earlier this month that a routine review of his English literature degree coursework “has revealed extensive plagiarism from internet sources”. –‘Plagiarist’ to sue university (Times Higher Education Supplement) “It’s…