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Student Hackers to Tackle NSA Codebreaker Challenge

The National Security Alliance is hosting an annual exercise for students and professors to apply programming skills to solve problems related to national security.

edX MOOC-Based Micro-Masters Expand to Multiple Universities

An experiment by MIT to test out a credential program delivered as a MOOC has blossomed into 19 different "micro-masters" offered by nearly as many members of the edX consortium.

Online Data Tool Aims Chicago High Schoolers toward College

A new initiative is intended to close the gap between the number of students in Chicago Public Schools who aspire to earn a college degree (75 percent) and those who are projected to do so within 10 years of starting high school (18 percent). The To&Through Project is a joint effort of the Urban Education Institute and Network for College Success, both organizations based at the University of Chicago.

MIT Teaches Wireless Routers to Know How You're Feeling

A team of researchers at MIT believe they've created a way to recognize basic emotions with signals transmitted from the closest wireless router.



U Tennessee Upgrades Outdoor Wi-Fi without Adding Power Lines

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has added more outdoor wireless access points and security cameras without adding new power lines by using a powered fiber cable system.

UC Davis Aims to Save Students Money, Improve Outcomes with Inclusive Access Initiative

The University of California, Davis has recently gone public with its Inclusive Access initiative, a program that uses digital course materials in an effort to save students money.

Rochester Institute of Tech, Bradley U to Evaluate Effectiveness of K-12 Computer Skills Initiatives

Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Bradley University have received a $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effectiveness of K-12 efforts to encourage computing skills.

Credential Transparency Initiative Intros New Credentialing Tool, Nonprofit Org

The Credential Transparency Initiative today debuted its Credential Registry, a tool for documenting and comparing certifications, degrees, certificates, licenses, badges and other micro-credentials. The project includes the formation a new nonprofit organization, Credential Engine, tasked with taking the effort mainstream.

Video Gamers Beat Scientists and Computers in Protein Folding Competition

Researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered that video gamers can be as good or better than professionally trained crystallographers and computer algorithms at identifying the shape of a protein, a finding that has the potential to bolster citizen science initiatives and classroom gamification.

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