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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...

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...

Using Facebook, Teen Confirms Secret to High SAT Score

Share A teenager from New York thinks he's cracked the SAT -- and he says he did it with a little help from Facebook. Fourteen-year-old Milo Beckman apparently wanted to test the research of MIT professor Les Perelman, who had claimed that longer essays resulted in higher SAT scores. According to the College Board, these essays aren't graded according to any rigorous criteria, but on the "general...

Kids Who Spend More Time on Computers Don't Suffer Academically, Study Says

It looks like the kids are alright, after all. A new study from the University of Maryland shows that more time spent in front of a computer doesn't hurt a child's academic performance, and, in some cases, actually improves test scores. Led by family science professor Sandra L. Hofferth, the six-year study followed a group of 1,000 children, who were between the ages of six and 12 in 1997, and con...

Test Your Ability to Focus in the Face of Digital Distractions

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that some scientists are claiming our ability to focus has been affected by phone calls, tweets, e-mails, text messages and so on. According to these studies -- as well as Nicholas Carr's books and blogs -- we've become a nation that can't ignore day-to-day digital distractions to get a simple job done. Has a constant stream of information hurt ou...

Who Needs Teachers When You've Got Robots to Grade Essays?

Automated test scoring is nothing new. Most of us are quite familiar with the act of filling in little #2 pencil marks on a Scantron, and having it fed through a machine that puts a depressing little red dash next to each wrong answer. That's all well and good for tests with simple multiple choice answers, but what about tests with written answers and essay questions, like an English test? Well,...

Southwest Details In-flight Wi-Fi Plans, Yahoo! Partnership

Southwest got official with its Wi-Fi plans late last month, but avid travelers who favor the only airline worth flying anymore (okay, Virgin America and JetBlue aren't bad either) were left wondering about most of the details. Today, the company has fired up a single Row 44-equipped flight, and it has announced plans to equip three more airplanes with in-flight WiFi by early next month. Further...

Boeing's Hydrogen-Powered Airplane Completes Test Flights

Boeing's European outpost has achieved a technical feat that, while not expected to revolutionize air travel, at least shows progress in the effort to lower the overall reliance on very pricey (and, you know, scarce) jet fuel. Boeing Research & Technology Europe, which operates out of Madrid, has been working on the "Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane" since 2001. The goal has been to "demonstra...

Southwest Airlines Adding In-Flight WiFi Internet Access This Summer

One of the United States' best-known, no-frills airlines may be getting a bit, well, frilly, as Southwest has just announced it will be testing a new broadband, satellite-delivered Internet access service to its passengers starting this summer. Dallas, Texas-based Southwest is working with Row 44 (self-described world leader in airborne broadband communication) to equip four aircraft for trials ...

The Trippiest Optical Illusions on the 'Net

This silhouette wins the award for coolest thing we've seen all day -- and it's not just because the tiny dancer above is in the buff. This is a little test that will tell you whether the left or right hemisphere of your brain is more dominant. Instead of concentrating on her chest, concentrate on the woman's movement. If you see her spinning clockwise, that means you're using the right side, ...