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The First Computer Musician
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The First Computer Musician

In 1957 a 30-year-old engineer named Max Mathews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, to generate 17 seconds...

Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas
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Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas

Like any other high school junior, Wynn Haimer has a few holes in his academic game. Graphs and equations, for instance: He gets the idea, fine—one is a linear...

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Calculating the Potential Return on Your Major

As the cost of college climbs ever higher each year, amid a national economic forecast that remains cloudy, questions about the value of a four-year degree are...

Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science
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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

Inside a darkened theater a viewer floats in a redwood forest displayed with Imax-like clarity on a cavernous overhead screen.

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­.s. Lagging in ­sing Technology, Study Shows

The World Economic Forum's annual study on national computing and communications technology use found that the United States ranked fifth out of 138 countries for...

More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality
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More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality

Jack London was the subject in Daterrius Hamilton’s online English 3 course. In a high school classroom packed with computers, he read a brief biography of London...

Promoting Science, and Google, to Students
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Promoting Science, and Google, to Students

Google is synonymous with "search engine," and now, for students, it wants to be synonymous with "science."

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E-Textbooks Get a Lift From Publishers

Over the years, publishers have tried a variety of strategies to sell digital textbooks but with limited success. Two major publishers, Pearson and McGraw-Hill,...

On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural
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On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural

In the end, the humans on "Jeopardy!" surrendered meekly.

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Intel Spreads Its ­niversity Research Bets

Computing in general is increasingly applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look at the engines behind cloud computing—vast, distributed armies...

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire
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Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup,...

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Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track

More women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women—largely because of pressures from having a family—are far more likely than their...

More Schools Embracing Ipad as Learning Tool
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More Schools Embracing Ipad as Learning Tool

A growing number of schools across the United States are embracing the iPad as a teaching tool. Some parents and scholars have raised concerns that schools are...

Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology
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Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology

Mississippi had a problem born of the age of soaring student testing and digital technology. High school students taking the state’s end-of-year exams were using...

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To Attract the Next Google, the City Seeks a New College

Worried that New York City is not spawning enough technology-based start-up companies with the potential to become big employers like Google, city officials are...

An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math
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An Exhibition That Gets to the (square) Root of Sumerian Math

Papyrus, parchment, paper ... videotape, DVDs, Blu-ray discs—long after all these materials have crumbled to dust, the first recording medium of all, the cuneiform...

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries...

Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.

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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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...
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