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Students Create Smartphone App Capable of Detecting Malaria

A group of grad students has come up with a way to instantly diagnose malaria, using only a smartphone and some fancy software. The team, comprised of students from around the nation, developed the prototype using a Samsung Focus smartphone, running Windows 7. After adding a microscopic camera lens to the phone, the students developed software capable of analyzing and scanning blood for mala...

Professor Shuts Student's Laptop in Class, Gets Arrested for Assault

A professor at Georgia's Valdosta State University was arrested on assault charges last week, after shutting a laptop on a student's hand. Frank J. Rybicki, an assistant professor of media studies, reportedly became angry with a female student who seemed to be surfing the Web on her laptop rather than paying attention to class. Frustrated, he shut the laptop and dismissed the student, who immed...

Chicago Teacher Accused of Ridiculing 7-Year-Old Student on Facebook

A public school teacher in Chicago is under investigation for allegedly ridiculing one of her students on Facebook. Last week, 7-year-old Ukailya Lofton attached Jolly Rancher candies to the ends of her braids in celebration of her school's picture day. The hairstyle reportedly amused Lofton's computer teacher, who allegedly took a picture of the child with her cell phone and shared it on Faceb...

Tyler Clementi's Parents Urge Prosecution, But Also Leniency

The parents of Tyler Clementi -- the 18-year-old Rutgers student who committed suicide last year after his classmates secretly recorded and streamed video of him having sex -- said yesterday that they want his former roommate Dharun Ravi's invasion of privacy case prosecuted, though they do not want him to receive "harsh punishment." His parents hope that the invasion of privacy charges will un...

N.Y. Teacher Could Be Fired Over Controversial Facebook Post

Share A Brooklyn teacher could be out of a job very soon, after making some controversial comments about her students on Facebook. Just a day after a 12-year-old girl drowned on a school field trip to the beach, fifth-grade teacher Christine Rubino posted a status update, implying that her students may deserve the same fate. "After today, I'm thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I...

Student Charged With Hacking Grades on School Computers for Money

Police in Nevada have arrested a 19-year-old college student, accusing him of hacking into his high school's computer system and inflating students' grades in exchange for money. The suspect, Tyler Coyner, allegedly obtained the password to Pahrump Valley High School's network, giving him the ability to change students' grades. Coyner, who is currently enrolled as a student at the University of...

Copycat College Site Scams Students With Fake Application Fees

The University of Redwood, judging from its website, seems like any other college. The school boasts a full faculty, its campus features plenty of verdant, open spaces, and it even accepts applications online. The only problem, though, is that the University of Redwood doesn't exist. And all those alluring campus photos and accomplished faculty members actually belong to Oregon's Reed College -...

Whiny Teacher Blogs About 'Whiny' Students, Gets Suspended

A Pennsylvania teacher has proven that educators aren't so different (or more mature) than their supposedly petulant pupils. Thirty-year-old Natalie Munroe has reportedly been suspended with pay, and could possibly be terminated from Central Bucks East High School, because of repeated blog posts that labeled her students as "lazy whiners" and "disrespectful oafs." She also posted a "pithy joke,...

Study: Facebook Causes Stress, Anxiety, But Keeps Us Hooked, Anyway

Some Facebook users may enjoy collecting hundreds of virtual friends, but it turns out that those online relationships can cause a lot of stress, as well. That's what researchers at Edinburgh Napier University discovered after conducting a survey of 200 students who regularly use the social networking site. Among the students who were surveyed, 12-percent said they actually dislike receiving fr...

Texas Teen Uses Robot to Remotely Attend High School Classes

Lyndon Baty's weakened immune system won't allow him to attend classes at his local high school in Knox City, Texas. Fortunately, though, there's a robot capable of doing that for him. Baty, who suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease, is now remotely attending his freshman classes via a VGO robot, which allows him to interact with his teachers and fellow students from the comfort of his own ho...

Student Ranks Female Classmates on Facebook, But the Ladies Fight Back

A suburban Illinois student is facing expulsion for ranking 50 of his female classmates, and posting the list to Facebook. The unnamed Oak Park-River Forest High School student, who has since been suspended, also gave other male students hard copies of the list, which ranked girls based on their physical attractiveness and level of alleged promiscuity, and labeled them with names such as "Fallen A...

Lazy Florida Schools Replace Teachers With Computers

Walk into just about any classroom in the developed world, and you'll see the same basic things: desks, chairs, students -- and, of course, a teacher. You won't always find those things in the sunny state of Florida, however, where someone has had the bright idea to replace teachers with computers. It's all part of a new program in the public schools of Miami-Dade County, and involves 54 school...

Cell Phone Cheats Caught Using Spectrum Analyzer

Cell phones, particularly fancy new smartphones, have become the bane of teachers across the nation -- not just because they provide an in-class distraction, but also because they've made it increasingly easy to cheat on exams. Officials in Taiwan have devised a solution to catch cheaters in the act using spectrum analyzers. Officials monitoring exams for government jobs used Rohde and Schwarz FS...

'Attack a Teacher Day' Facebook Event Leads to Six Adolescent Girls' Arrests

Six middle-schoolers in Carson City, Nevada have been arrested for using Facebook to threaten violence against their teachers. One of the six students, all of whom are 12- and 13-year-old girls, created a Facebook event entitled "Attack a Teacher Day," and allegedly invited around 100 others to do that very thing last Friday. The other five girls, among the invitees, allegedly posted threatening m...

Nursing Student Expelled Over Facebook Photo, Promptly Files Lawsuit

Last month, a nursing student was expelled from a community college in Kansas after posting to Facebook a photo of herself standing next to a human placenta. The student, 22-year old Doyle Byrnes, reportedly took the photo during a lab session, led by Johnson County Community College nursing instructor Amber Delphia. Four other students posed alongside the placenta, but it was Byrnes's photo that ...