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Private groups step in to show teachers how to use technology in the classroom
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Private groups step in to show teachers how to use technology in the classroom

Educators across the country say they need additional – and better – training. One-time, workshop-style sessions just haven’t inspired the bulk of teachers to adopt technology.

The tech behind smart guns
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The tech behind smart guns

Some companies have turned to radio-frequency-identification devices. Other research efforts are focusing on biometrics — using qualities of a gun owner's body to verify identity.

Why Oklahoma’s public preschools are some of the best in the country
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Why Oklahoma’s public preschools are some of the best in the country

Oklahoma has fully funded 4-year-old preschool for every child, regardless of family income, since 1998.

When companies hire temp workers by race, black applicants lose out
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When companies hire temp workers by race, black applicants lose out

At one company's branch in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a request for white men was known as an order for “country boys,” according to three former employees.

Ivory from long-dead mammoths might slow elephant poaching
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Ivory from long-dead mammoths might slow elephant poaching

There were 26 million elephants in Africa in 1800, according to the National Geographic Society. That number was cut in half by 1900. By 1989, it had plummeted to around 600,000.

2016: a showdown year for reproductive rights
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2016: a showdown year for reproductive rights

For advocates of women's reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of "annus horribilis." Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent.

Snow blows in fits and starts, only partly because of the wind
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Snow blows in fits and starts, only partly because of the wind

With a wind tunnel, scientists probe the physics of airflow and snow.

How elite private colleges might serve black students better
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How elite private colleges might serve black students better

A Q&A with David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College.

The physics of sliding on ice
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The physics of sliding on ice

A new mathematical model could answer puzzling questions about frozen water.

The narco-terror trap
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The narco-terror trap

The DEA warns that drugs are funding terror. An examination of cases raises questions about whether the agency is stopping threats or staging them.

Could you answer these Common Core test questions?
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Could you answer these Common Core test questions?

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly.

Privacy not included: Federal law lags behind new tech
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Privacy not included: Federal law lags behind new tech

At-home paternity tests fall outside the federal privacy law's purview. So do wearables that measure steps and sleep, testing firms like 23andMe, and online places where people store health records.

When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?
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When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?

Whether because of mistakes, infections or plain bad luck, those who go in don’t always come out better.

When students become patients, privacy suffers
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When students become patients, privacy suffers

Weaknesses in state and federal laws — and the often-conflicting motives of students, parents, and college officials — have left patient privacy vulnerable when students receive medical treatment on campus.

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The controversy that's rocking the world of competitive curling

Top players are concerned that "directional fabric" on curling brooms makes it too easy to control the direction of the sliding rock.

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In tracking outbreaks of food poisoning, can Yelp help?

Yelp’s usefulness for epidemiologists is going to depend a lot on how it handles food poisoning complaints down the road.

Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up
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Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up

Business, civic coalitions pick up where the federal and state governments fall short.

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Inside the spaceflight of 'The Martian'

A look at the real-life science of the spacecraft and mission in the book and movie.

How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers
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How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers — without their consent

In Alabama, a positive drug test can have dire repercussions for pregnant women and new mothers. Their newborns can be taken from them. They can lose custody of their other children.

A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case
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A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case

When a retired police officer told Deb Anderson about the Jane Doe in her small town of Blue Earth, she couldn’t believe someone could die unidentified.