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Without cafeteria trays, colleges cut water use … and calories

Scores of colleges and universities across the country are shelving their cafeteria trays in hopes of conserving water, cutting food waste, softening the ambience, and saving money, reports the New…

Invoking the Sputnik era, Obama vows record outlays for research

In an April 27 speech at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., President Obama presented a vision of a new era in research financing comparable to the Sputnik-period…

Steinbeck heirs seek to slow Google Books settlement

A group of authors and the heirs of others, including representatives of the estate of John Steinbeck, are asking a federal judge to delay by four months the deadline for…

Laptops help sick kids stay connected to school, friends

A third-grader at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., Ahmed Hamdi hasn't seen much of his class in the past few months. That's because he was diagnosed with…

Florida introduces web-based reading aid

The Florida Department of Education on April 27 unveiled a new reading assessment program intended to use web-based technology to quickly identify a student's strengths and weaknesses in reading, reports…

McAfee launches free online cyber-crime help center

Is your computer acting funny? Are you worried that you might have visited a malicious web site or opened an eMail attachment with malware? Now, you can now go to…

Digital lessons soon could replace books in West Virginia

According to the state's top education official, West Virginia public schools within a few years might switch from hardbound textbooks to digital lessons carried around by students on portable computers,…

Windows 7 to have an ‘XP mode’

Microsoft is trying to make it easier to sway users of Windows XP onto the latest version of its operating system, CNET reports. …

GE’s breakthrough can put 100 DVDs on a disc

General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs, reports the New York Times. …

Swine flu shows need for science, Obama says

President Obama declared on April 27 that "science is more essential ... than ever before" for the nation's security, health, and economy. And the proof, he said, is the swine…