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Ancient Cultures Are Just a Click Away

Thanks to European research, today's portals can take you to fascinating virtual destinations — both ancient and new — and all just a click away. The work allows...

Computer Science Majors Increase at Most Significant Rate Since Dot Com Boom
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Computer Science Majors Increase at Most Significant Rate Since Dot Com Boom

The number of computer science majors enrolled in U.S. universities rose 8.1 percent in 2008, the first increase in six years, reports the Computing Research Association...

That's Mr. Roboto to You
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That's Mr. Roboto to You

Scientists in Japan are testing a robotic teacher at fifth- and sixth-grade classes at a primary school in Tokyo. Originally introduced as a secretary, the Saya...

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Tech Skills Crucial to Any Career, Students Say

A recent IBM Academic Initiative survey found that 80 percent of 1,600 college students polled agreed that high-technology skills will help them succeed, and a...

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Women Opt Out of Math/science Careers Because of Family Demands

Women tend to choose non-math-intensive fields for their careers — not because they lack mathematical ability, but because they want flexibility to raise children...

The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat
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The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jeannette M. Wing is an expert on computational thinking, the discipline of applying computer science's problem-solving methods...

Geeks May Be Chic, But Negative Nerd Stereotype Still Exists, Professor Says
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Geeks May Be Chic, But Negative Nerd Stereotype Still Exists, Professor Says

Despite technology's growing impact on society, academic geeks, or nerds, still suffer from negative stereotypes in popular culture, which may explain why women...

Half of Americans See Another Country Emerging as World's Technological Leader
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Half of Americans See Another Country Emerging as World's Technological Leader

Half of all U.S. residents expect that another country will become the world leader in addressing technological challenges this century, reveals a new Duke University...

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Researchers Strive to Improve Online Education

ASU NewsArizona State University's (ASU's) New American University project aims to enroll 100,000 students in online courses by 2012, which will require finding...

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More Science, Less Drama: IT Pros Defend Engineering Careers

Network WorldMany information technology (IT) professionals believe that parents could be doing their children a disservice by not encouraging them to pursue advanced...

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Tech Companies Pledge to Deal With Shortage of Women Workers

IDG News ServiceMicrosoft has joined Alcatel-Lucent, IMEC, Orange-France, and Motorola in signing the Code of Best Practices for Women and ICT, which seeks to attract...

Students Help to Bring the Internet to Rural Africa
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Students Help to Bring the Internet to Rural Africa

Residents of rural Kenya now have e-mail accounts and Internet access thanks in part to the work of University of Michigan engineering students who enabled satellite...

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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...

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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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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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...

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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New Direction in Teaching Computer Science Emphasizes Activity, Interaction, Critique

The Washington University in St. Louis computer science department is using a new "active learning" approach to teach undergraduate students in an effort to better...

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­U.S. Said to Be Losing Competitive Edge

The U.S. economy has lost much of its competitive edge during the past decade, concludes a new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report. The United...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...
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