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News Update :: Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Google Offers Researchers a 'Drink from the Fire Hose'
Google Inc. announced it would make two new services available to the higher education research community--access to Web search and machine translations--as part of a new University Research Programs effort. The search firm made the announcement at its higher ed Faculty Summit held July 26 to 27 in Mountain View, CA....
Astronomy Program Expands Scope
A few weeks ago we reported on a new astronomy project called GalaxyZoo, a joint project of the University of Portsmouth, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins University whose goal is to classify about a million galaxies using help from volunteers over the Internet. According to organizers, the effort has been so successful that it's now being expanded....
Adobe Names Student Design Competition Winners
Adobe last week announced the results of its annual Design Achievement Awards, a competition honoring the best student work in design, video, film, illustration, and animation. More than 2,500 students from 30 countries competed in the 2007 program. Most of the awards went to students from the United States and Germany, with South Korea picking up one....
Top-Tier Tech Degree Is Not Business Silver Bullet
A degree from a top-tier university does not confer a greater probability of success in high-tech entrepreneurship than a degree from a mid-range university, according to a recent study of immigrants who took degrees in the United States and went on to found high tech firms....
Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom: Oracle Seeds Tech in China
Oracle Corp. is trying to enter the booming Chinese economy on the ground floor. The software firm has introduced an "Intro to Computer Science" course to universities and "senior vocational schools" throughout the country via its Oracle Academy program....
MIT MBAs Invent Virtual New York City-Style Doorman
Three enterprising grads from MIT's Sloan School of Management have put their heads together to address the "last-inch" problem of the overnight package delivery revolution: how to get a package inside the locked doors confronting most delivery service agents....
C++ for Tots: MIT Hatches Programming for Novices
Computer programming is not just for grownups anymore, thanks to developers at the MIT Media Lab. Researchers in the Lab's "Lifelong Kindergarten Group" have created a program called Scratch, a graphical programming language that is designed to be used by programming novices, including children and teens....
Tri-Universities Bet $5MM on AI-Driven Faculty Retirement Fund
The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University are betting $5 million that an investment fund driven by artificial intelligence technology will make money for its retiring faculty members....

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