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Can Virtual Teachers Plug the Educational Divide?

Newcastle UniversityNewcastle University professor of educational technology Sugata Mitra believes that introducing more technology to the classroom is the keyView...

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This Internet Fix Is No Pipe Dream

InfoWorldThe Internet's security problems could be corrected by exploiting existing standards and protocols for Web services, security, identity, and authentication...

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IBM Tries to Tackle Nanotube Chip Cooling

Network WorldIBM researchers are exploring ways to improve heat management in carbon nanotube transistors to prevent the devices from self destructing. IBM's Phaedon...

What Will It Take to Increase Hispanics in Stem? Money, Of Course
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What Will It Take to Increase Hispanics in Stem? Money, Of Course

Diverse OnlineThe National Science Foundation (NSF) recently asked Hispanic-serving institutions at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' Capitol...

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Cards on the Table: Low-Cost Tool Spots Software Security Flaws During Development Process

NCSU NewsNorth Carolina State University (NCSU) computer security experts have developed Protection Poker, a new risk management tool that helps software developers...

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Lack of Ability Does Not Explain Women's Opting Out of Math-Intensive Science Careers

American Psychological AssociationReasons for women's underrepresentation in math-heavy science careers other than a lack of mathematical ability were uncovered...

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Knowing When to Fold: Engineers Use 'nano-Origami' to Build Tiny Electronic Devices

MIT NewsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing nano-origami, a new technique that enables engineers to fold nanoscale materials into simple...

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Despite Layoffs, Microsoft Holding Firm on H-1bs

Citing their "crucial contributions to Microsoft's innovation successes," Microsoft said it will not significantly change its employment practices regarding immigrant...

A New Vision For Scientific Visualizations
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A New Vision For Scientific Visualizations

VisTrails, a suite of visualization tools developed by Juliana Freire and Claudio Silva, both associate professors of computer science at the University of Utah...

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Cognitive Radio Helps Organize Ad Hoc Emergency Services Network

University of TwenteResearchers at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands have developed an emergency communications system using cognitive radio technology...

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Excited Atoms Advance Quantum Computing

National Science FoundationThe dream of quantum computing has come a step closer to reality through National Science Foundation-funded research into atomic manipulation...

ICANN President to Step Down
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ICANN President to Step Down

IDG News ServiceICANN president and CEO Paul Twomey will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced. Twomey, who has led the organization since...

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Tech Companies Pledge to Deal With Shortage of Women Workers

By 2010, there will be an estimated shortfall of 300,000 qualified engineers working in Europe's IT sector. At the same time, fewer than one in five computer scientists...

Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures
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Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures

Frederic Kaplan at the Swiss Federal Institutes in Lausanne has designed and built the QB1 computer, a PC-based robot that plays music and games and is operated...

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Math Problems + Video Games = Learning

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny, N.J., and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at...

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The Real High-Tech Immigrant Problem: They're Leaving

New York TimesLanguage in the U.S. bank bailout legislation that discourages banks from recruiting skilled foreign workers on work visas has re-ignited the controversy...

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Indian Colleges to Compete in IBM's 'Blue Battle'

EE Times IndiaIBM has launched IBM Blue Battle, a technology competition for 25 Indian engineering colleges that offers students the opportunity to obtain hands...

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Data Travels Six Times Faster in the Clouds

The National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago established a cloud computing system that can quickly compile data from widely...

Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children
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Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children

ExplorationVanderbilt University researchers have developed a system that enables robots to monitor a child's emotional state, potentially leading to robotic playmates...

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Commerce Chief Faces 5 Internet Emergencies

Network WorldAssuming former Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D) is confirmed as President Obama's Commerce Secretary, he will need to immediately begin addressing a...
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