A Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the flight line in Everett, Wash.
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the flight line in Everett, Wash. - 
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Boeing reports its latest business results today. It's been a tough year so far for the company's powers that be. They've been doing damage control after battery problems grounded Boeing's overdue fleet of 787 Dreamliners, and there's still a huge backlog on orders for its commercial airplanes.

But the company's also been growing in other directions. These days Boeing is building drones that run on liquid hydrogen, and dipping its feet in the revenue stream of cybersecurity. It's also trying to sell more military aircraft overseas.

San Jose State University is about two semesters into an experiment with MOOCs -- also known as massive online open courses. The plan was to increase access to education by offering cheap online courses for university credit ($150 per course, free if you aren’t taking them for credit). Then came the preliminary data, and the grades weren’t good.

 

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