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Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley
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Chinese Aim to Build the Next Silicon Valley

Many of the cool tools consumers crave, such as iPads, smart phones and laptops, were dreamed up in the United States. But when it came time to turn the inventors'...

Programming 'boot Camp' Offers Basic Training
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Programming 'boot Camp' Offers Basic Training

John Stamey is a drill-sergeant to computer science students at Coastal Carolina University. Everyone in first-semester programming must write 370  programs. Student...

Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It
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Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It

Children in kindergarten are being introduced to engineering as school districts across the U.S. embark on an aggressive pursuit of the discipline amid growing...

Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?
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Why Do Women Leave Science And Engineering?

Increasing the retention rate of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields could help stem the U.S.'s declining share in world patenting and scientific...

Georgia Tech Students Compete at ­.k. Video Game Competition
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Georgia Tech Students Compete at ­.k. Video Game Competition

Five Georgia Tech students will be the first team from the United States to participate in Dare to Be Digital, a 10-week challenge in the United Kingdom where teams...

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Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Soon to Arrive in Ghana

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) has partnered with the EU Pascal2 Network of Excellence to establish an artificial intelligence...

The Humanities Go Google
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The Humanities Go Google

Stanford University's Literature Lab attempts to probe the evolution of literary style by using computer algorithms to sort, interrogate, and interpret some 1,000...

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Jump in Enrollments of First-Time, Full-Time S&e Graduate Students

Enrollments of first-time, full-time graduate students in science and engineering programs in the United States reached a record 108,819 in 2008, an increase...

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House Allocates $84 Billion for Technology R&D

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010, which provides $85 billion in science and technology research and...

Olpc and Marvell to Develop Xo Tablet Computer For Students
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Olpc and Marvell to Develop Xo Tablet Computer For Students

One Laptop per Child and Marvell will jointly develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based on the Marvell Moby reference design.

Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields
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Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields

Students at the new Hughes STEM High School, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, learn concepts of science, technology, engineering and math by...

Mine Your Business
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Mine Your Business

Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
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Straightening Out Heavy Tails

A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.

Engineer Goes from Race Track to Classroom
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Engineer Goes from Race Track to Classroom

Moving from the inner circles of professional automotive racing to the halls of academia has given Andrew Borme the second life he's wanted—teaching a new generation...

Book Urges a 'minds-On' Approach to Teaching Science
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Book Urges a 'minds-On' Approach to Teaching Science

Thomas O'Brien, director of Binghamton University's Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, hopes that his new book will change the way students...

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3-D Printer Proving Ground: Models Meet Their Match in Elementary Classrooms

Want a chocolate bar? Then, print one. Kids in the classroom are learning how technology works by fabricating 3-D copies of their favorite things. The goal is...

Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch
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Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch

Texas A&M at College Station computer science professor Robin Murphy creates rescue robots designed to slither through collapsed buildings, fly over wildfires,...

Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates
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Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates

Illinois Institute of Technology will provide all incoming, first-year undergrads with Apple iPads as part of an initiative to integrate new technologies into the...

Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity
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Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity

Salisbury University is working to increase graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with the help of a $996,303 National...

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Amd and Bgca to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth

The AMD Foundation has awarded a $115,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to implement Club Tech: Game Tech, a digital game development program, in...
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