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MIT professor wins $250,000 Turing Award

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has won the $250,000 Turing Award, one of the most prestigious honors in computing, for helping to make computer programs more reliable, secure, and…

Schools try separating boys from girls

Single-sex classes are being tried as an experiment to address sagging test scores and behavioral problems in a growing number of schools nationwide, reports the New York Times. …

Montana legislators back K-12 distance learning

State lawmakers in Montana have endorsed a measure to create a new distance-learning program that would give students in every school district virtual access to both basic and advanced classes,…

Obama decision on stem cells cheers scientists

President Barack Obama's decision to lift the contentious Bush-era restraints on stem-cell research came with a larger message for all scientists: Follow the data, not political ideology, reports the Associated…

The broadband gap: Why is theirs faster?

New York Times editor Saul Hansell examines why broadband service is faster -- and cheaper -- in many other countries. In Japan, he writes, broadband service running at 150 megabits…

Teachers say they might tape-record students

Teachers in El Paso County, Texas, say they might begin tape-recording students in their classrooms as a means of self-protection, reports the El Paso Times. …

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. …