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U.s. Students Show Significant Gains in Math, Science Results
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U.s. Students Show Significant Gains in Math, Science Results

U.S. math and science scores for students significantly improved on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Program for International Student...

Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'
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Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'

"The Smurfs' Village," a game for the iPhone and other Apple gadgets, was released a month ago and quickly became the highest-grossing application in the iTunes...

Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop
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Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop

A historic downward shift in U.S. research efficiency is described in a new report on science publication trends, showing that while funding rose, the quantity...

Assange's 'Poison Pill' File Impossible to Stop, Expert Says
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Assange's 'Poison Pill' File Impossible to Stop, Expert Says

The Poison Pill. The Doomsday Files. Or simply, The Insurance.

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Gov't Crackdown Spurs Initiatives to Route Around Dns

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China
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MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China

MIT's connections to China, already well-established, are set to be strengthened and expanded as part of a major, long-term effort to promote intellectual and...

Developing Robots For the Hospital Emergency Room
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Developing Robots For the Hospital Emergency Room

Vanderbilt University researchers formed an interdisciplinary team to study the use of robots in hospital emergency rooms. The researchers are developing a robotic...

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China to Lead World in Innovation by 2020

China is on track to be the world's leading country in terms of innovation by 2020, according to an AstraZeneca survey of 6,000 people in six nations. China currently...

With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial
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With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial

In a world that is always on camera, the centuries-old courtroom experience is becoming a lot more complicated.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers
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Criminals Find the Key to Car Immobilizers

For 16 years, car immobilisers have kept car thieves at bay, but that may now be changing.

Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms
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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Technology companies on Wednesday received troubling news that some had feared for years: Intellectual Ventures LLC has started suing.

Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue
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Anonymous Hacktivists Say Wikileaks War to Continue

A member of the Anonymous group of hackers, which has been targeting firms it sees as being anti-Wikileaks has said the campaign is not over.

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Civil-Rights Panel Weighs in on Where Minorities Fare Best in STEM Fields

A recently released report that examined minority students' pursuit of degrees found that admissions preferences based on race led to more minority students giving...

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
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Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

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Cyberattacks Are Retaliation for Pressure on WikiLeaks

A small army of activist hackers orchestrated a broad campaign of cyberattacks on Wednesday in support of the beleaguered antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks,...

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Special Report

The current state of North American computer science education includes an upward trend in university enrollment for undergraduate programs, but also the erosion...

'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care
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'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care

New research into hospital bed technology could soon represent a leap forward in patient care. A University of New Hampshire professor is negotiating with manufacturers...

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"this Paper Should Not Have Been Published"

Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.

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...
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