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Crdf Applauds Introduction of Science-Based Diplomacy Legislation
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Crdf Applauds Introduction of Science-Based Diplomacy Legislation

The U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) applauds the  introduction of legislation to enhance and expand the role of science in American foreign...

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Effort to Widen ­.S. Internet Access Sets ­p Battle

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation's media and technology priorities by establishing high...

Netflix Ditches Beat-Our-Recommendation-System Contest Due to Privacy Questions
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Netflix Ditches Beat-Our-Recommendation-System Contest Due to Privacy Questions

Netflix's grassroots competition to best its recommendation algorithm was a big popularity booster for the company—but thanks to concerns over privacy (backed up...

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Race Matters

Black college instructors play a significant role in encouraging black science students to persist as science majors, according to a study by Cornell University...

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Educating Elite Hackers

It started with Michael Coppola taking things apart at the age of five: the remote control, his mother's house lamps, the family's VCR. He was curious about how...

Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores
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Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores

Students in Massachusetts will help fine-tune a computer-based, emotionally perceptive mathematics tutoring software developed by University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills
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Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills

Tsukuba University engineering students have developed Yotaro, a baby humanoid robot designed to teach young people about parenting. 

Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering
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Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering

Physicist Louis Lanzerotti, chairman of the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators committee, says the board's recent report to the White House...

Nsf Selects Theoretical Computer Scientist For its Highest Honor
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Nsf Selects Theoretical Computer Scientist For its Highest Honor

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Tuesday (March 9) the selection of New York University's Subhash Khot, an associate professor at the Courant Institute...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...

Google
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Google

In a meeting at Google in 2004, the discussion turned to an e-mail message the company had received from a fan in South Korea. Sergey Brin, a Google founder, ran...

Cyber Crooks Leave Traditional Bank Robbers in the Dust
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Cyber Crooks Leave Traditional Bank Robbers in the Dust

Organized cyber criminals stole more than $25 million from small to mid-sized businesses in brazen e-banking heists in the third quarter of 2009 alone, federal...

Annual Science Festival to Host 'excite Your Mind' Events
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Annual Science Festival to Host 'excite Your Mind' Events

The San Diego Science Festival , the largest celebration of science on the West Coast, will be held March 20-27 to raise awareness of the importance of science,...

ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of First Modern Personal Computer
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ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of First Modern Personal Computer

ACM has named Charles P. Thacker the winner of the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering design and realization of the Alto, the first modern personal computer...

IT Spending Will Rise - But Not Rebound - in 2010
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IT Spending Will Rise - But Not Rebound - in 2010

Global IT expenditure is expected to rise slightly this year for the first time since the onset of the global economic downturn, according to industry analyst Ovum...

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Australia Substantially Increases Research Collaboration With China

A study from Thomson Reuters shows broadening international collaboration in the research of Australia and, to a lesser degree, New Zealand, over the past 10 years...

Getting More from Location Data
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Getting More from Location Data

Thanks to smart phones and other mobile devices, the number of applications that make use of geolocation data is exploding. But developers and device makers face...

Survey: Educators Aren't Discussing STEM Careers With Students
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Survey: Educators Aren't Discussing STEM Careers With Students

Science and math educators are keeping classes knowledgeable and interesting, but they are not promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers...

Cyberwar Declared as China Hunts for the West's Intelligence Secrets
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Cyberwar Declared as China Hunts for the West's Intelligence Secrets

Urgent warnings have been circulated throughout NATO and the European Union for secret intelligence material to be protected from a recent surge in cyberwar attacks...

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Enrollment Down in Canada's ICT Programs

Across Canada, enrollment in information and communication technology (ICT) degree programs is down. A 2008 study prepared for the Information and Communications...
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