Harvard Is Tracking Student Attendance With Secret Cameras

Everyone has skipped the occasional class here and there, but Harvard University is taking it seriously. It has started tracking the attendance of its students using secret cameras — and it didn’t tell them it was doing so.

University Research Funds Threatened In Latest Budget Row

The Federal Government is apparently willing to slash University research funding if it doesn’t get its way with regards to higher education reform.

Inside Apple's Secretive University-Style Training School

Deep within the bowels of Apple, there’s a secretive school where employees learn about the company and how to work for it. Some call it education, others indoctrination — but either way, a new report explains what it’s like.

Victorian Uni Students Are Hosting A 24-Hour App-Building Hackathon

Students from Monash Uni and the University of Melbourne’s IT clubs are collaborating on UNIHACK, a 24-hour app building challenge sponsored by some pretty big tech companies. The idea is simple: turn up with your team, cram 24 hours of coding and development, and produce a winning, working app.

Caffeine-Eating Bacteria May Fix Your Broken Heart

Everyone loves a good cup of joe, including our friendly neighbourhood bacteria Pseudomonas putida CBB5. This microbe can consume caffeine with the best of us, a talent that could help heart arrhythmia and asthma patients.

The Human-Powered Helicopter That Hopes To Take Flight

A team from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is hoping to take to the skies in their human-powered helicopter tomorrow.

Defective Toilet Paper Flooded The University Of Colorado For Two Years

There are certain things in my life that I really, really hope don’t turn out to be defective—seat belts, parachutes, the private browsing setting when I use my girlfriend’s computer—but toilet paper might just have made it to the top of that list.

University Teaches Students Finer Aspects Of Phone Photography

If you thought taking a photo on your phone was as simple as framing and snapping, think again – Pennsylvania’s Immaculata University is teaching students how to use them “properly”. Professor Flannery explains that “it’s part of our responsibility to teach kids how to use this tool”.

This Is The Real Reason Why Students Need Computers In Classrooms

From the source: “A typical Computer Science lecture at Humboldt Universität, Berlin.” My guess is that you can apply this to most Computer Science lectures in most universities all around the world. [Blubber]

Can Twitter Make You Smarter?

Can using Twitter make you smarter? A new semester-long study found that university students who used Twitter for educational purposes earned GPAs a half-point higher than a non-tweeting control group.