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Web Science: The New Frontier
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Web Science: The New Frontier

To Chris Baker, the World Wide Web's existence has been "like the birth of a new planet." Baker, a University of New Brunswick researcher, is asking himself,...

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Report: Poor Science Education Impairs ­.s. Economy

"Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a new report released before a U.S. Congressional committee, found little improvement in K-12 technical education in the United...

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FCC Opens Unused TV Airwaves to Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has passed a proposal to make vast swaths of idle TV broadcast airwaves available for high-speed wireless broadband...

Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?
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Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

African-Americans account for just 1.3 percent of computer science faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, and only 1.6 percent of computer science doctorate...

Australia's Education Departments Go Wild For the Ipad
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Australia's Education Departments Go Wild For the Ipad

Schools and universities around Australia have jumped headfirst into trials of Apple's hyped iPad tablet as they rush to discover exactly the device's use in the...

Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants
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Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants

Over 1,000 graduate students and researchers registered for courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering this summer. The courses...

For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World
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For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World

Quietly over the last decade, phones that make text messaging easy have changed life profoundly for millions of deaf people.

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Lead By Women in Graduate Degrees Doesn't Extend to It

Women received 60 percent of the master's degrees and 50.4 percent of the doctorates in the 2008-09 academic year, but degrees in computer and information sciences...

Obama Expands 'educate to Innovate' Campaign to Improve STEM Education
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Obama Expands 'educate to Innovate' Campaign to Improve STEM Education

President Barack Obama announced Thursday (September 16) the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve science, technology, engineering...

NC State Receives Grant To Study Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom
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NC State Receives Grant To Study Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

North Carolina State University recently received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to explore using artificial intelligence...

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Researchers Team Up With Schoolteachers on Web-Based Instruction System

A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to Florida State University will fund the creation of an electronic performance support system...

A Professor
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A Professor

At this time of year, students are buying textbooks and looking for ways to avoid reading them.

Campusreader Aims to Turn Electronic Tablets Into Tools
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Campusreader Aims to Turn Electronic Tablets Into Tools

The iPad, Kindle, and other electronic reading tablets may prove to be game-changers to help people overcome barriers to effective reading and comprehension, say...

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Engaging Girls in STEM

Girls in the United States are no more interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers than they were 20 years ago. Aa recent study also...

Student-Built Satellite Scheduled for Launch
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Student-Built Satellite Scheduled for Launch

A 6.5-pound satellite scheduled for launch on November 19 is to become the first stand-alone spacecraft built by University of Michigan students to go into orbit...

Dental Surgery at the Click of a Mouse
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Dental Surgery at the Click of a Mouse

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz researchers have developed an e-learning platform that enables dentistry students to download case studies with videos and images...

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Searching For STEM Success

Rural community colleges (CCs) have recently done much better than urban and suburban CCs in the percentage increase of associate degrees awarded to women and minorities...

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Study Confirms Wireless Computers Effective During Class

A recent Columbus State University study shows that students who consistently use laptops with interaction software to enhance or supplement their classroom notes...

Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
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Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms

With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students through STOMP, the Student...

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Not Enough Students Take Advanced STEM Courses, Warns Iet

More students are taking advanced level science, technology and math in the United Kingdom, but the number is not enough to fill a skills shortage in time to prevent...
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