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Cover Story: Closing the Educational Gap

BY Meghan Holohan - Tuesday March 08, 2011
A new report co-authored at Carnegie Mellon reveals an alarming decline in computer science education in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools. Several programs developed at CMU are helping to reverse the trend. By Meghan HolohanThe boxy robot chugged across the playing field with its target in sight as its designers watched with pride. 

Feature: Making a Mechanical Pal

BY Jason Togyer - Monday March 07, 2011
Several new social robots are expected to start prowling the halls (and playing games) at CMU this year. But giving a robot personality takes a lot more work than just putting on a happy face.By Jason TogyerA child who grew up watching TV in the 1960s, '70s and '80s would be forgiven for assuming that she'd have a robot pal by now. 

On Campus: Super-Sized Recycling

BY Jennifer Bails - Sunday March 06, 2011
A consortium of universities and government agencies will re-use "pre-owned" supercomputers for student and faculty researchBy Jennifer BailsIt's hard out there for a supercomputer.As soon as you're up and running, you're put to work crunching terabytes of data for computational biologists, astrophysicists and all of the other pushy scientists who expect instant results. 

On Campus: It's All in the Game

BY Ken Chiacchia - Sunday March 06, 2011
With Foldit and EteRNA, computers and humans work together to crack genetic codes--and the results are being translated into real laboratory experimentsBy Ken ChiacchiaHuman brains are becoming part of a vast, extended computing network that's creating new molecules of ribonucleic acid--RNA, one of the building blocks of all known forms of life.They're doing it through EteRNA, an online program that pools players' ingenuity and then translates their insights directly into laboratory experiments.  

On Campus: What Does a Computer Believe?

BY Tom Imerito - Sunday March 06, 2011
If it's NELL, it knows what it "reads" on the web — and then it tweets about itBy Tom ImeritoCan a computer system form beliefs? Carnegie Mellon's Never Ending Language Learner does. More than half a million beliefs, in fact--and still growing.  

On Campus: Mickey Moves In

BY Tom Imerito - Sunday March 06, 2011
The university's research bonds with The Walt Disney Company are getting stronger with a shift to the CICBy Tom ImeritoIn 1928, a struggling animator from Kansas unveiled the first animated cartoon to feature sound that was synchronized to the action on the screen. Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" was a blockbuster, and his name has defined the cutting edge of entertainment technology ever since.