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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations
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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around...

Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and ­ndermine Girls' Math Performance
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Female Teachers Can Transfer Fear of Math and ­ndermine Girls' Math Performance

University of Chicago researchers have found that female elementary school teachers can pass on their anxiety and stereotypes about math to female students. 

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

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Eff Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track

Think that turning off cookies and turning on private browsing makes you invisible on the web? Think again. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched...

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right
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Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified...

Forty Students Named Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010
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Forty Students Named Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010

Forty high school seniors from across the United States were named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2010, a program of Society for Science & the Public...

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China Set For Global Lead in Scientific Research

China has demonstrated the most growth in scientific research of any country in the past three decades and is on pace to overtake the United States as the world's...

Colleges Look For New Ways to Help Women in Science
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Colleges Look For New Ways to Help Women in Science

Colleges have developed programs to support women in science and engineering through the use of federal grants such as those offered under the U.S. National Science...

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Apple Wins Patent For "proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple,U...

U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s
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U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s

Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation — at least until the recession began — refuting...

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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-seven men and women are inducted as 2009 ACM Fellows.

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Teaching Computer Games

Rapid computer game creation (RCGC) could be used to close the digital divide, according to Nikunj Dalal and colleagues at Oklahoma State University. Schools and...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team
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Engineering Firm Awards Contract To Rowan ­niversity Computer Science Team

Mission Solutions Engineering has awarded a $100,000 one-year contract to Rowan University to help the firm improve the capabilities of a software system called...

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Darpa: U.s. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Sure, we’re all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security risk for the...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers
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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to...

India: A Nation Develops
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India: A Nation Develops

India is making the transition from a global outsourcing center to a global innovation nexus, but lingering challenges include persistent infrastructure difficulties...

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Wanted: Cyber Ninjas

U.S. colleges are adding courses and specialized degrees in the once-exotic field of cybersecurity to try to meet the growing demands for computer security skills...
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