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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
From Communications of the ACM

Mine Your Business

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

Straightening Out Heavy Tails
From Communications of the ACM

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...

Teachers Plan to Teach in 3d
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Teachers Plan to Teach in 3d

Computer scientists at the universities of Hertfordshire and Southern Denmark are on track to finish building technology that would bring virtual reality to Europe's...

Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers
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Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology professionals reenter the work force as high school computer...

Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise
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Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise

Online tools developed in Europe have created completely new approaches in pedagogy – the science of education.

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork
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Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such...

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A 3-D Environment Model Enhances Collaboration During Learning

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid researchers have developed a model for three-dimensional virtual learning environments using an autonomous virtual tutor that...

Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science
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Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science

Having trouble encouraging your child to follow you into the sciences? You're not alone. A new survey finds that 53 percent of parents of school-aged children...

Researcher ­ses Wii Remote to Teach Computer Engineering
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Researcher ­ses Wii Remote to Teach Computer Engineering

Tom Daniels, an Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has figured out how to use Wii Remotes as a teaching tool in introductory...

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Innovations in STEM Education: A Conversation With Pcast's Jim Gates

An upcoming President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report will address the issue of improving pre-college math and science education...
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