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H-1b Visa Holders Earn More Than ­.s.-Born It Professionals, Study Claims
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H-1b Visa Holders Earn More Than ­.s.-Born It Professionals, Study Claims

A new University of Maryland study found that foreign-born information technology (IT) professionals with temporary skilled worker visas earn more than their U.S...

Synthetic Genome Reboots Cell
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Synthetic Genome Reboots Cell

In the culmination of a project spanning 15 years, scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have engineered the first cell controlled by a synthetic genome.

Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues
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Facebook Grapples With Privacy Issues

A backlash over Facebook Inc.'s privacy practices has triggered disagreement inside the company that could force Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to scale back efforts...

Minding the Gap: A Look at the Divide Between the Sciences and the Humanities
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Minding the Gap: A Look at the Divide Between the Sciences and the Humanities

In the past 50 years, universities have often sought to bridge the divide described in 1959 by noted scientist and novelist C.P. Snow in his Rede Lecture at the...

'digital Genome' Safeguards Dying Data Formats
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'digital Genome' Safeguards Dying Data Formats

European researchers have deposited a "digital genome" time capsule inside a data storage facility known as the Swiss Fort Knox, which contains a blueprint that...

Hp Researchers Say Manure Could Help Power Data Centers
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Hp Researchers Say Manure Could Help Power Data Centers

Hewlett-Packard researchers have proposed a biogas recovery system that converts livestock waste into methane, which can be used as fuel to generate electricity...

Teaching Robots Some Manners
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Teaching Robots Some Manners

People are more likely to adapt to and use robots if they behave more like humans, even if that means they operate less efficiently. 

As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot
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As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot

A captain returned to the cockpit after taking a bathroom break and found the first officer facing away from the instruments and talking to a flight attendant....

Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates
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Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates

Illinois Institute of Technology will provide all incoming, first-year undergrads with Apple iPads as part of an initiative to integrate new technologies into the...

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Advancing the Nuclear Enterprise Through Better Computing

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are merging decades of nuclear energy and safety expertise with high-performance computing to effectively address a...

Duke to Shut ­senet Server, A Piece of Internet History
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Duke to Shut ­senet Server, A Piece of Internet History

Duke University this week will shut down its Usenet server, which provides access to a worldwide electronic discussion network of newsgroups started in 1979 by...

Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation
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Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation

Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century...

Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity
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Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity

Salisbury University is working to increase graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with the help of a $996,303 National...

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Rensselaer Joins Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected to join a new international network of prestigious world-class research laboratories to support the growing field...

At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5
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At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

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Software Improves Rehabilitation Techniques

Clear and simple visualizations of biomechanical data could improve rehabilitation after a stroke, accelerate the recovery from joint replacements, and prevent...

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Amd and Bgca to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth

The AMD Foundation has awarded a $115,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to implement Club Tech: Game Tech, a digital game development program, in...

Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot
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Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot

A Japanese professor of robotics and his bride were the first couple in the world officially wed by a robot.

Computers Could Make Better Drugs
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Computers Could Make Better Drugs

Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin professor Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster...

Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims
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Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims

A recent Chartered Institute for IT worldwide survey found there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being. Access to communication...
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