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May 28, 2012

Eugene: #1 in America’s Top Cities for Bike Commuting

A nationwide analysis shows that towns where people bike to work are richer, fitter, and more successful in many other ways

Read more by The Atlantic.

May 25, 2012

Is that smile real or fake?

A computerized system developed at MIT can tell the difference between smiles of joy and smiles of frustration.

Can you tell which of these smiles is showing happiness? Or which one is the result of frustration? A computer system developed at MIT can. The answer: The smile on the right is the sign of frustration. Images courtesy of Hoque et al.


May 24, 2012

Use of iPad in fingerprints


May 22, 2012

Upside Down Apple Logo

…”Why is the Apple logo upside down on laptops when the lid is open?”
…We were told by the Apple design group, which takes human interface issues very seriously, that they had studied the placement of the logo and discovered a problem. If the Apple logo was placed such that it was right side up when the lid was opened then it ended up being upside down when the lid was closed, from the point of view of the user…

Read the story by Joe Moreno

May 21, 2012

Top 10 Pervasive Tech Myths That Are Only Wasting Your Time

Better Hardware Specs = Better GadgetsLossless Music Sounds Better than MP3Android Task Killers Are Necessary for Good PerformanceJailbreaking Your Phone Is IllegalMac Users Don’t Need to Worry About MalwareYou Should Buy an Extended Warranty for New GadgetsYou Should Fully Discharge Your Laptop Battery Every TimePassword-Protected Wi-Fi Networks Are Safe from HackersPeerBlock will Keep You Safe and Anonymous on BitTorrent[Insert Tweak Here] Will Speed Up Your Computer

Read by LifeHacker

Google rolls out improved Gmail search, scans your emails for better results


May 17, 2012

Google: Introducing the Knowledge Graph


May 16, 2012

10 Types of Plagiarism

The Plagiarism Spectrum is a guide to help educators, students, academics, and writers recognize the various forms of
plagiarism. To download the paper from click here.


Online Portal for Faculty for Selecting Textbooks

An online portal for selecting textbooks based on quality, affordability and faculty peer reviews.

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May 3, 2012

MIT and Harvard launch a ‘revolution in education’

MIT President Susan Hockfield and Harvard University President Drew Faust, accompanied by top officials from both institutions, announced on Wednesday a new collaboration that will unite the Cambridge-based universities in an ambitious new partnership to deliver online education to learners anywhere in the world.

The new venture, called edX, will provide interactive classes from both Harvard and MIT — for free — to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. But a key goal of the project, Faust said, is “to enhance the educational experience of students who study in our classrooms and laboratories.”