Should coding schools have free enrollment under Obama’s new free community college initiative?

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If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead of paying for a two-year community college program, the government could instead get more bang for less buck by paying for a 12-week program. That’s something that the nation’s first coding president should understand.

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NASA wants to Send Astronauts to Mars by 2030

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Now for something completely out of this world.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially announced, this week, it plans to send humans to the red planet – in a future manned mission that will see humans first attempt to land on the surface of an asteroid, and if successful, the later goal being to put those human astronauts on the actual surface of Mars.

“NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s,” the press release issued by the U.S government-funded space organization read.

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Germany generates 74% of power needs from renewable energy

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An offshore wind turbine near Rostock. Germany.

Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday last Sunday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.

 

 

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Taobao breaks mobile shopping record in less than an hour with over $100 million in sales

China’s leading e-commerce marketplace.

Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce marketplace, racked up RMB 1 billion ($164 million) in mobile purchases from over 14 million user accounts one hour into China’s annual Single’s Day shopping blitz,

 

 

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Kickstarter hits new crowdfunding milestones

Kickstarter is the most popular crowdfunding platform and they just broke two industry records.  According to the company’s stats page, more than five million backers have successfully funded over 50,000 creative projects on Kickstarter, cementing Kickstarter as the world’s leading crowdfunding platform.

 

 

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Researchers create world’s fastest wireless network that hits 100 gigabits per second

Fraunhofer’s Millilink chip, with III-V transistors capable of switching at 300GHz.

Researchers in Germany have combined photonics and electronics to create a world-record-breaking wireless network that can send and receive data at a heady 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). This beats the same team’s previous world record of 40Gbps. At 100Gbps, or a transfer rate of 12.5 gigabytes per second — ten times faster than Google Fiber — you could copy a complete Blu-ray disc in a couple of seconds.

 

 

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IBM’s Amazing Nanotube Chip Breakthrough

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I.B.M. scientists are reporting progress in a chip making technology that is likely to ensure the shrinking of the size of the basic digital switch at the heart of modern microchips for more than another decade.

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World’s smallest 3D map of the world

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The world’s smallest map is composed of 500,000 pixels, each measuring 20 nm2 and was created in only 2.23 minutes.

Zurich scientists have created the world’s smallest 3D map – of the world.  IBM’s perfectly formed ‘nano-world’, has now been accepted by the Guinness World Record organization.  (Pics)

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