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How Code for America upgrades local government

Frequently described as a Peace Corps for geeks, Code for America pairs highly skilled Web developers and entrepreneurs with cities in need of high-tech help.

By Apr. 9, 2013


Intel science contest picks 40 high school seniors as finalists

Chosen for their scientific prowess, the finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search will compete in March for the top prize of $100,000.

By Jan. 23, 2013


Thiel's college dropout plan scrutinized by '60 Minutes'

Investor and entrepreneur tells the CBS news magazine that a college degree is unnecessary for financial success, but critics call his program an elitist ploy.

By May. 20, 2012


The 404 830: Where sorry does not put the crackers in our stomachs (podcast)

Today we explore an offer from PayPal's co-founder to give a $100,000 fellowship to students who drop out and start their own company. He argues that people under 20 can learn more useful skills at a start-up than at a university.

By May. 27, 2011


Cosmo editor ponies up $30 million for the future of news

The new David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation will bring together students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford's Engineering School in a bid to help inspire a new generation of news consumption tools and applications.

By Jan. 30, 2012


Peter Thiel funds next round of under-20 entrepreneurs

The latest group of "20 Under 20" Thiel Fellows includes a junior at Harvard who's leaving to work on education software. Other projects: a desktop fabricator for electronics and a telepresence device.

By May. 9, 2013


People power in short supply for green tech

Tech-industry veterans who have traded bits and bytes for clean electrons say getting up to speed and making fresh contacts are key.

By Mar. 26, 2010


Ford sponsors MIT energy fellows

Automaker first to join MIT Energy Initiative, a group focused on using technology to solve global energy problems.

By Oct. 4, 2007


MIT says it wants a solar 'revolution'

A $10 million grant from Chesonis Foundation will go toward innovations in solar power conversion, storage, and using solar power to make hydrogen.

By Apr. 22, 2008


'Dark Knight' on its way to becoming 2008's most pirated movie

The Dark Knight is on its way to having the dubious honor of being the most-pirated movie of 2008, which means we may soon get what we pay for.

By Nov. 21, 2008