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Illinois Students Build 33-Teraflop Cluster From Gpus

Students at the University of Illinois have built a supercomputer out of GPUs as part of a hands-on class. They expect the cluster to be ranked on the Green500...

Twitter Can Increase Student Engagement, Boost Grades
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Twitter Can Increase Student Engagement, Boost Grades

Using a social networking platform such as Twitter as a tool in university courses can increase student engagement and boost grades. That's the conclusion of a...

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­niversities May Be Failing to Sufficiently Teach Basic Research Skills

Colleges and universities may be failing to prepare students for today's information-driven workplace where research skills and collaborative learning are becoming...

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Wising ­p on STEM Completion

Arizona State University researchers recently unveiled CareerWISE, a website designed to increase the retention of women pursuing degrees and careers in science...

Taking Movies Beyond Avatar
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Taking Movies Beyond Avatar

University of Abertay Dundee researchers have developed a technique that builds on the virtual cameras used in the movie "Avatar" by using home computers and motion...

Video Game Design Program Boosts Interest in Science Careers
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Video Game Design Program Boosts Interest in Science Careers

Funded by a U.S. National Science Foundation grant, a George Mason University program is using video game design as a way to increase student interest in science...

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DARPA-Funded Project to Spark Computer Science Education

DARPA recently awarded TopCoder a contract to develop a virtual community featuring competitions and educational resources in order to boost computer science education...

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Strengthening the Voice of ­ndergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research have joined forces to form a new organization to strengthen and promote...

Teaching Real-World Programming
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Teaching Real-World Programming

In an innovative software-engineering class, students meet for regular "code reviews" with senior programmers from Boston-area companies.

Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool
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Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Korea Institute of Science and Technology researchers are building robots to provide English instruction to schoolchildren. The researchers say the goal is to...

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Rensselaer Creates New Center For Data Science Research

Researchers throughout Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are coming together to develop a new interdisciplinary Data Science Research Center. The center will bring...

Career Opportunities
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Career Opportunities

What are the job prospects for today's—and tomorrow's—graduates?

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts
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Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

Computer science and engineering graduates generally have significantly higher starting salaries than liberal arts majors, according to a Wall Street Journal and...

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White House Unveils STEM Campaign

The Obama administration will use the White House Science Fair and the USA Science and Engineering Festival to promote education in science, technology, engineering...

Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science
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Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science

Europe is suffering more than other parts of the world from the decline in the number of students pursuing math and science careers. At the same time, Europe is...

I Win, You Lose
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I Win, You Lose

University of Bristol researchers led by Paul Howard-Jones and Rafal Bogacz recently conducted a study using brain imaging to reveal how people can learn from failure...

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­md Cyber Security Center Stresses 'more-Than-Tech' Solutions

The University of Maryland is launching a new cyber security initiative to stimulate public-private partnerships and address U.S. vulnerabilities, including those...

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks
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In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the...
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