Morning links: Future of education

Rivals secretly finance opposition to Wal-Mart
WSJ – Supermarkets that have funded campaigns to stop Wal-Mart are concerned about having to match the retailing giant’s low prices lest they lose market share.
Higher education’s bubble is about to burst– Will traditional academic institutions will be able to keep up with the times, or will “edupunks” be able to find new ways of teaching and learning that challenge existing interests?
Good business– If you’re the vendor, would you rather the definition of success was in your hands or those of the people that hired you?
World-wide hiring set to pick up– Employers world-wide are more optimistic about hiring next quarter but the U.S. isn’t preparing for robust job growth.

Asset bubbles can’t be eliminated– Whatever your theory is about why bubbles originate, count on another one appearing sooner or later.
Hungary: (mis)managing market expectations– Investors are seriously concerned about the Fidesz government’s readiness to stick to a tough economic programme without resorting to populist remedies.
Dutch parliamentary elections: The return of the bourgeoisie– The Dutch go to the polls today. What’s driving the fears and anxieties of the Dutch constituents?
A failure of economic and environmental regulation– Reforming the system isn’t about writing a host of new rules; it’s about elevating the status of regulation and regulators.

Israel’s Silicon Valley of beauty technology– Ultrashape’s technique involves high-intensity ultrasound waves guided by a sophisticated tracking and delivery system to explode unwanted fat cells — much the way heat-seeking missiles destroy enemy objects.
No comment– One good reason to end the practice of allowing unnamed comments is that it’s flat-out wrong. Another is that it is causing headaches for news outlets, headaches they seriously don’t need, and it will cause more in the future.
Don’t get stuck in Edu 2010
O’Reilly Radar– With investments being made now in education that may not be repeated for decades, the challenge presented to technology is one of developing platforms that will not require massive tech do-overs and reinvestment as new technologies coming online.

“Green consumerism” largely a myth– Conventional measures of carbon emissions give consumers a free pass and ignore the greenhouse gas production resulting from global sourcing of consumer goods.
Costa Rica puts brakes on popular stem cell tourism– Costa Rica is cracking down on an unauthorized stem cell clinic that has attracted hundreds of foreigners seeking relief from degenerative diseases and serious injuries.
Neuroplasticity is a dirty word– Synaptic plasticity refers to changes in the strength of connections between synapses, the chemical or electrical connection points between brain cells.

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