Thunderous Storms in Jupiter’s ‘Great Red Spot’ are heating its atmosphere James O’Donoghue, College of Arts & Sciences The famous swirling red eye on Jupiter’s surface is extremely hot, and appears to be supplying enough heat to warm the rest of the planet’s upper atmosphere, according to research published Wednesday… View full article quoting expert James O’Donoghue

Want a fat nest egg? Make the right Social Security choices Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts Sciences It’s your last, best chance to fatten your nest egg. But all too often, new retirees undermine their own financial security by claiming Social Security too early, and without regard to strategy… Expert quote: “Social Security is about as complicated a fiscal system as is humanly possible to design. […]

Will 2015 be bitcoin’s year? Mark Williams, School of Management Technologists, financiers and ideologues predicted that 2014 would be bitcoin’s coming-out party, but the digital currency slipped more than 70 percent from the previous year’s high… Expert quote: “The reality is that btcoin is possibly not safer, possibly not cheaper, possibly not faster than other means of distributing money from point […]

Fight in Iraq has oil traders holding their breath Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences Energy traders are closely watching renewed fighting in Iraq, trying to gauge worst- and best-case scenarios for OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer—and the coming weeks could be critical… Expert quote: “The worst-case scenario is for the Kurds to say, ‘OK, enough of you guys. We don’t want anything to do […]

Lecture hall or laptop? Students go online Kenneth Freeman, School of Management Thanks to revolutions in technology and high-speed internet connections, the way we are learning is changing… Expert quote: “We’re engaging our students in teams, using virtual, video technology, to ensure that we have conversation that goes beyond person to person. We engage everyone in the classroom in the discussion.” […]

US getting tough on Egypt’s army? Don’t bet on it Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Remote Sensing For reasons international and domestic, the United States is unlikely to make significant cuts in assistance to Egypt, despite calls from Congress to do so and a Cabinet-level meeting this week about the country… Expert quote: “The $1.3 billion that goes to the […]