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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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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc
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Olpc ­nveils Slimline Tablet Pc

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) recently announced that the latest version of the XO laptop series, the XO-3, will be available in 2012 and will cost less than $100...

Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software
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Scholars Test Emotion-Sensitive Tutoring Software

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Beverly Park Woolf and Ivon M. Arroyo, along with Arizona State University's Winslow Burleson have developed an intelligent...

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Computer Science Education: It's Not Shop Class

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has a plan to reform U.S. high school computer science education by giving the curriculum a much-needed update. NSF...

Give a Humanist a Supercomputer . . .
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Give a Humanist a Supercomputer . . .

Humanities researchers involved in the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Energy's high-performance computing competition provided updates...

Ntu and Edb Launch S$50 Million Ic Design Research Centre
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Ntu and Edb Launch S$50 Million Ic Design Research Centre

Nanyang Technological University and Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) have launched the Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Center of Excellence. The center...

Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers
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Cyber Challenge Tests Nation's Top Hackers

With the coolness of a card shark at the final table of the World Series of Poker, Matt Bergin pulls the hood of his brown sweatshirt over his head and concentrates...

New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs
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New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

Educators and technologists say both the image of computing work and computer science education in high schools need to change to fill what are expected to be the...

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ACM and India

ACM is in the process of establishing ACM India as a legal entity and will hold its first conference in late January....

New Search Challenges and Opportunities
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New Search Challenges and Opportunities

If search engines can extract more meaning from text and better understand what people are looking for, the Web's resources could be accessed more effectively.

Tenure-O-Meter
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Tenure-O-Meter

Indiana University computer scientists have developed the Tenurometer, a tool for evaluating the impact of scholars in their field. Tenurometer counts the number...

Advancing STEM Education
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Advancing STEM Education

Seven institutions received funding in fiscal year 2009 through Innovation through Institutional Integration, or I3 — an effort intended to link institutions' existing...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

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Wales Gets

The Welsh Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced HPC Wales, a new high-performance computing (HPC) institute that will provide the industrial...

Of Girls and Geeks: Why Women Don't Like Computer Science
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Of Girls and Geeks: Why Women Don't Like Computer Science

The stereotype of computer scientists as nerds who stay up all night coding and have no social life may be driving women away from the field, according to a new...

Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations
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Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations

The new University of Southampton supercomputer, which will go live in January 2010, will enable students in the school's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation...
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