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Computer Science Rocks!

Who says science and engineering is for nerds? Not rock star will.i.am. The technology-loving Black Eyed Peas singer thinks computer coding is so cool, he’s enrolled in a programming course at the California Institute for the Arts this fall. You can take it with him: it’s a free, massive open online course known as a MOOC.

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Imagine Cup Winners Solve World’s Woes

Searching for the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Look around your classroom. Or rather, check out Sydney, Australia, where students – many of them computer science and engineering majors – from every continent competed to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s 10th annual Imagine Cup.

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A Hand Without Fingers

Just because humans have fingers doesn’t mean that robots need to have them too.

Researchers have developed a new type of robotic hand – a soft gripping mechanism that stiffens when air is sucked out.

The hand is essentially a latex balloon filled with ground coffee (because the grounds are both lightweight and pliable).  Its softness allows the robot hand to conform to the shape of hard objects.

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Video: Maneesh Agrawala, 2009 MacArthur Fellow

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Stanford U. Student Summer Institutes 2010

The EPGY Summer Institutes are 2-to-4-week residential programs for academically talented and motivated middle and high-school students. The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their interests and abilities. Participants are enrolled in a single intensive-study course, taught by a Stanford instructor, and covering topics not typically presented at their grade level. Costs range from $5,900 to $3,175, with limited financial aid. $40 Application fee waived for application submitted by Jan. 13, 2010.

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