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Women in STEM Retention Mistake Number 7: Math prerequisite courses that screen out students who could be successful in STEM
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Donna Milgram's work with educators has discovered that math courses often serve to screen out students who would like to pursue a career in engineering, technology or science but struggle in these early courses. The students who don't do well in these courses often come less prepared, having taken fewer math courses in high school. Research shows that there are many different ways to help students, especially female and minority students, succeed in courses like calculus, algebra and physics.
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BlackBerry urges patience
Vancouver Sun
For BlackBerry, despite a new name, familiar problems remain. Chief executive Thorsten Heins is again asking shareholders to remain patient, this time as Canada's embattled smartphone maker enters the second phase of its ambitious turnaround plan. After shareholders voted on to retire the Research In Motion identity for good, Heins assured investors at the company's annual general meeting in Waterloo, ON, that the tech firm, despite the formidable challenges it still faces, is on the right track.
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A future of phones, wearable computers and embedded sensors
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Leading tech companies believe that Google Glass is simply the beginning and that while the smartphone will continue to remain central to consumers digital lives, we could all soon be carrying devices inside our bodies. Speaking at the opening keynote debate at this year's VentureBeat MobileBeat conference, the head of voice recognition company Nuance, Gary Clayton, said that within biomedical engineering, the idea that wearable technology devices worn inside the body are only five-to-10 years away from becoming reality.
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Microsoft poised for radical restructure
Connecting the Australian Channel
Microsoft will unveil its biggest management reorganization in at least five years, to better compete in a world of mobile devices and Web-based services, according to the technology blog AllThingsD, citing anonymous sources. The changes will shift the duties and responsibilities of many top Microsoft executives and are intended to eliminate overlap within the 98,000-employee company.
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Genetic engineering, biotechnology and the future of humanity
Global Research
The then British Agriculture Minister Jim Paice told the Cereals 2012 conference that the public is softening its views towards GM crops. He said more work needed to be done to communicate the full facts about GM crops. He stated: "GM is not the panacea and it isn't going to produce all the food on its own, but it has a role to play as long as it is applied safely and all the tests on its application are properly carried out. But yes, I do believe that the famous tanker is beginning to turn."
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BlackBerry urges patience
Vancouver Sun
For BlackBerry, despite a new name, familiar problems remain. Chief executive Thorsten Heins is again asking shareholders to remain patient, this time as Canada's embattled smartphone maker enters the second phase of its ambitious turnaround plan.

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SIAST expands AG tech program
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Brett McCorkell will be able to begin a career as an agricultural technician a year ahead of schedule, as SIAST has doubled the enrolment for that program.

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Delhi to be hub of high technology industry
News Track India
The Delhi government hopes to make the city a hub of high technology and skilled economic activities, Delhi Industry Minister Haroon Yusuf said.

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New Kickstarter ion thruster would speed space exploration using nanosatellites
Extreme Tech
For the past few decades, space exploration has largely focused on building incredible high-end machines. It's not hard to see why machines like Curiosity and its rocket-powered hover crane are amazing accomplishments. There's another group of people, however, working to build spacecraft that can fit within five to six digit budgets rather than requiring yearly outlays from NASA or another national budget.
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How quality control works in our cells
Phys.org
A cellular control mechanism prevents the production of defective proteins in our cells. A team of researchers from Bern has now obtained valuable insights into this vital mechanism that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for genetic diseases. A person has hundreds of thousands of different proteins that are constantly being produced and degraded. Like in any factory where raw materials are processed, there are various control mechanisms in the cell that check the quality of the products, namely the proteins.
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40 years of the BMW Tower and Museum
The Auto Channel
The biggest four-cylinder in the world, a landmark for the city of Munich alongside the Olympic Park. Ergonomically compact inside and clearly contoured outside, it is a boldly conceived experiment and a milestone in the history of architecture. BMW has created space for its expanding business with an administrative centre of the new class.
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