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Trash into energy: Cornell unveils renewable bioenergy initiative

In a new Cornell University campus initiative, vegetable oil from dining hall fryers, animal bedding from campus barns, farm waste from university research, and other sources of biotrash will be…

Should universities forget eMail and use Facebook instead?

Neilsen Online has just released a report stating that social networking is more popular than eMail, writes ZDNet blogger Zach Whittaker, which leads him to the question: Considering eMail is…

U.S. to nation’s schools: Spend fast, keep receipts

The New York Times reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a message to the nation's school officials last week saying, in effect: Heads up! We'll be sending you billions…

Microsoft’s new system makes switching software easier

Microsoft is developing a feature in its new operating system that allows users to turn off Internet Explorer and other key Microsoft programs, Reuters reports. …

Can peer-to-peer file sharing coexist with network security?

Security experts have long cautioned about the risk to school and corporate networks posed by the use of peer-to-peer file sharing by individuals, warning that the practice creates holes that…

Teen-created Muziic likely to irk YouTube

A 15-year-old has created a free-music service by harnessing YouTube's vast library of music videos--and that could rankle YouTube owner Google Inc., CNET reports. …

Telescope blasts into space to find other Earths

NASA's planet-hunting telescope, Kepler, rocketed into space March 6 on a historic voyage to track down other Earths in a faraway patch of the Milky Way galaxy, reports the Associated…

White House names first chief information officer

President Obama has chosen Vivek Kundra, 34, the chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, to oversee a push by the federal government to expand uses of cutting-edge technology,…

Texting in class sparks bill to ban cell phones

A debate over Iowa students and their cell phones has shifted from the classroom to the Capitol, reports the Des Moines Register. …

Panel: Texas schools must embrace electronic textbooks

Advocates for more technology in the classroom, and fewer textbooks, are stepping up their arguments for change this year, trying to convince Texas lawmakers that the future of electronic textbooks…