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Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments in ex U.S. Developed and Emerging Markets Posted Positive Returns in Q3 2012, Bouncing Back From a Negative Second Quarter,

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Venture Capital Report – 1 minute ago
Private equity and venture capital funds that invest primarily in companies located outside the U.S., in both developed and emerging markets, generated positive returns during the quarter ending September 30, 2012. While trailing the performance of international public equity indices during the period, both alternative asset groups improved significantly from negative results in the second quarter, according to global institutional investment advisor Cambridge Associates LLC (C|A). The *Cambridge Associates LLC Global ex U.S. Developed Markets Private Equity and Venture Capital Ind… more »

Men May Have Natural Aversion to Adultery with Friends’ Wives

Jonathan Kantrowitz at American Mating Habits – 15 hours ago
Findings about testosterone levels illuminate how humans evolved to form alliances After outgrowing teenage infatuations with the girl next door, adult males seem to be biologically designed to avoid amorous attractions to the wife next door, according to a University of Missouri study that found adult males’ testosterone levels dropped when they were interacting with the marital partner of a close friend. Understanding the biological mechanisms that keep men from constantly competing for each others’ wives may shed light on how people manage to cooperate on the levels of neighborho… more »

Prescription for double-dose algebra proves effective
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 18 hours ago
Martin Gartzman sat in his dentist’s waiting room last fall when he read a study in Education Next that nearly brought him to tears. A decade ago, in his former position as chief math and science officer for Chicago Public Schools, Gartzman spearheaded an attempt to decrease ninth-grade algebra failure rates, an issue he calls “an incredibly vexing problem.” His idea was to provide extra time for struggling students by having them take two consecutive periods of algebra. Gartzman had been under the impression that the double-dose algebra program he had instituted had only marginal … more »

The High School Course-Taking of Students Labeled With a Learning Disability

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 21 hours ago
Placement of some students into the courses needed only for high school graduation and others into those that prepare them for college constitutes academic stratification. This study uses data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to investigate whether students labeled with learning disabilities complete fewer academic courses by the end of high school compared to their peers who are not labeled. Results indicate large disparities in completion of college preparatory coursework, especially in math, science, and foreign language, even net of students’ academic preparation… more »

Mercury test may overestimate exposure from dental amalgam fillings
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Dental News Report – 1 day ago
A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings, according to University of Michigan researchers. Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release mercury vapor into the mouth. But both the amount of mercury released and the question of whether this exposure presents a significant health risk remain controversial. Public health studies often make the assumption that mercury in urine (which is composed mostly of inorganic mercury) can be used to estimate ex… more »

The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 1 day ago
This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will display a magnificent exhibition of avant-garde masterpieces from one of the world’s most prominent collections. *The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection* features nearly 70 works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s collection in New York, including paintings and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view at the AGO from Nov. 30, 2013, to March 2, 2014. Focusing on the period from 1910 to 1918, The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection explores a time of tremendous c… more »