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­niversities Perpetuate the Digital Divide, Study Finds
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­niversities Perpetuate the Digital Divide, Study Finds

A new study by has found that students have unequal opportunities to learn about technology in high school and at home, which can affect their choice of major, ...

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Science Center Receives $15 Million For Health It Research

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $15 million stimulus grant to establish the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and...

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After Google-China Dust-­p, Cyberwar Emerges as a Threat

Recent cyberattacks against Google and other tech firms highlight concerns about adversaries' ability to launch a full-fledged cyberwar against the United States...

In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
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In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja

Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an "evangelist." But after starting her own company, she needed...

Science and Engineering Employment Reached 5.8 Million in 2008
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Science and Engineering Employment Reached 5.8 Million in 2008

Employment in science and engineering occupations in the United States reached an estimated 5,781,000 by May 2008,  up 13.7 percent from May 2004, compared to...

Hackers Not Linked to China's Government, Researcher Says
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Hackers Not Linked to China's Government, Researcher Says

China-based hackers who stole data on India's missile systems, private correspondence of the Dalai Lama and Canadian visa applications appear not to be linked...

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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...

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Hurdles Multiply For H-1b Seekers

U.S. government efforts to enforce H-1B visa rules could reduce the demand for the 65,000 available visas for fiscal year 2011, for which applicants could petition...

Head-Mounted Display Monitors Patient Data During Surgery
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Head-Mounted Display Monitors Patient Data During Surgery

A new head-mounted display system lets anesthesiologists keep an eye on critical monitoring data during surgery—without having to turn their attention away from...

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After Patent on Genes Is Invalidated, Taking Stock

Many biotechnology stocks fell on Tuesday as investors struggled to understand the impact of a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question...

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Debunkers of Fictions Sift the Net

It is one of the paradoxes of the Internet. Along with the freest access to knowledge the world has ever seen comes a staggering amount of untruth, from imagined...

Nist Workshop Takes First Steps Toward Standards For Preserving Digital Data
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Nist Workshop Takes First Steps Toward Standards For Preserving Digital Data

A recent U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology workshop discussed the requirements for creating an international digital data preservation standard...

Clearing a Path For Latino Scientists
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Clearing a Path For Latino Scientists

A University of Southern California study found that although the number of Latinos earning bachelor's degrees has increased over the last decade, the growth has...

Bionic Vision Unveils Advanced Prototype Electronic Eyeball
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Bionic Vision Unveils Advanced Prototype Electronic Eyeball

University of New South Wales  and Bionic Vision Australia researchers recently unveiled an advanced prototype of an electronic eyeball that could be used by people...

Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android
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Walking, Talking Doll: Japanese Scientists ­nveil Female Android

Japanese scientists worked with robot manufacturer Kokoro to develop a female android that can mimic a person's facial expression. 

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Searching For Answers: Ethical Considerations of Google's Presence in China

When Jim Caccamo, Ph.D., heard of Google's recent struggles in China, he knew he'd need to update the curriculum for the Technology, Society and Christian Ethics...

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Sharp Increase In Computer Science ­niversity Enrollment

The number of undergraduate students majoring in computer science increased 14 percent over the last two years, reversing the steep decline in computer science...

Programming With Purpose
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Programming With Purpose

The University of Washington recently held a reception that enabled computer-science and engineering undergraduate students to show off new accessibility applications...

Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners
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Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Researchers at the University of Twente's MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology, in partnership with Radboud University, are working to develop robot-assisted...

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Two Programs Honored for Bringing ­nderrepresented Groups into Mathematics

The American Mathematical Society is honoring two programs that do an outstanding job of bringing more individuals from underrepresented minority groups into the...
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