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Man vs. Machine: Game On!

In the man-against-machine smackdown, humans remain ahead. But for how long? World Table Tennis champion Timo Boll matched wits against “the fastest robot on Earth” to find out.

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Just Splurt It Out!

ketchup pouringEngineers often seek ways to improve something that really bugs them. For Missouri high school seniors Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson, that something was the watery ketchup that first squirts from the bottle – and they designed a device to solve the problem.

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Meet Ursula Burns: From Poverty to CEO

When Ursula Burns joined Xerox as an intern in 1980, she never imagined she would one day run the company famous for inventing photocopy machines—let alone become the first African American female to head a Fortune 500 firm. Why would she? Just walking through the door, fresh from earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, represented a huge career leap…

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Girls’ Summer at MIT 2010

Application forms are now available for the 2010 MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP), a rigorous 4-week summer academic and residential experience for female rising senior high school students. Girls explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade . WTP is designed for girls who have demonstrated excellence at math and science but who have very little or no prior background in engineering or computer science.

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Class Acts: Rogue Scholar


Oddsmakers probably wouldn’t have bet money that Armando Rodriguez would one day become a professor. He grew up in a rough New York City neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s, and many of his friends were lost to the streets. His mother died of cancer when he was 13, and his father was a window cleaner. “He couldn’t provide much advice to me other than, ‘Go to school or I’m going to kill you,’” Rodriguez says. But his father did steer him to someone in the neighborhood who Rodriguez says saved his life. “He was the guy who saved me from juvenile delinquency and worse later on. He bought me books and helped me with projects. I know the difference an individual can make in a person’s life — I’ve lived it.”

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