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What would you describe yourself as doing right about... now? As in, right now. This very moment. Are you educating yourself? Taking a breather? Blowing off steam? Perhaps you're wasting time on the Internet, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. Starting in a few months, the University of Pennsylvania will be offering an official on-campus course entitled "Wasting time on the Internet." For those unaware, UPenn is an Ivy League school that's rather difficult to get into, and even more difficult to afford. A degree from there goes a very long way -- just ask any number of lawyers, doctors, and... Read more...
In the world of consumer technology, innovation is moving ahead at a breakneck pace. But there's one area in particular that's struggling mightily: batteries. We just can't seem to keep up with power demands, and as newer and faster gizmos come out, it's requiring an awful lot of energy to keep them lit and online through all hours of the day. So, if we can't make batteries any better, stronger or longer-lasting in the short term, how about making them recharge 1000 times faster? That's the idea put forth by a new project out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These new microbatteries... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation... Read more...
Well, it now appears that an 11-year-old has raised the bar so high that others entering college can just give up. Yes, we said others entering college, because Moshe Kai Cavalin, 11, has just graduated from  East Los Angeles College, with a 4.0 GPA, no less. His favorite subject: astrophysics. Yep, we pull open astrophysics books every day for casual reading. Cavalin is the only child of a Taiwanese mother and an Israeli father. To embarrass us still further, Cavalin is also an accomplished martial artist, who has won several national martial arts championships. As opposed to sports figures,... Read more...
College students are always looking for new and creative reasons to ditch class.A new study has just given them teflon ammo: New psychological research suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person.The reasoning behind it, according to study author Dani McKinney, a psychologist at the State University of New York - Fredonia, is that the students who attend via podcast can rewind parts they miss or don't understand the first time. They can take better notes that way and absorb the content of... Read more...
Technology shows great promise but still under long term research DailyTech reports -- "Researchers at the University of Central Florida announced this week that they have developed a way to store massive amounts of data onto a disc roughly the size of a typical DVD. This sounds like another competitive format to Blu-ray or HD-DVD, but in fact, the new technology can store thousands of times that of a DVD." I remember seeing my first terabyte storage device -- massive thing about the size of a small apartment at the Los Alamos Research Labs, and that was less than ten years ago, and only had a... Read more...
You new it wouldn't take long for robotics to take on a more curvacious appeal.  The good folks at Kyoto University have created the "FT" (Female Type) bot...   "Woman type (Female Type)" it designated "FT" from the initial. At 35 centimeters and weight 800 gram in height 6 head bodies. 13 months being temporary, to develop, as for production expense several 1000000 Yen. This is a babelfish translation so the grammar isn't the best but you'll get the gist just fine.... Read more...