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March 19, 2012

'Serious video games' are now used for everything from educating about Somalian piracy, to explaining childbirth, to helping soldiers cope with the trauma of war. 

March 17, 2012

Watch Video Listen to the Audio GWEN IFILL: The big post-holiday sales rush began today, as retailers served up deep discounts and easy gift exchanges to lure shoppers back to the mall. But, in the state of Colorado, school-age children have been prepped somewhat differently for the shopping season. Schools there are trying to teach children about the realities of spending and financial discipline. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden explains. TOM BEARDEN: A carefree winter day on a preschool playground in a Denver suburb, 3- to 5-year-old children who are many years away from the realities ...

March 16, 2012

A program using new technology and flexible pricing based on supply and demand appears to have made finding a parking space easier in parts of San Francisco.

Watch Video Listen to the Audio JEFFREY BROWN: Next, enticing students, especially girls, to stay in school by promoting a future for them in science, technology or engineering. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels has the story. It's part of our American Graduate series: an 18-month project with other public media partners to examine the causes of and solutions to the high school dropout problem. MAN: So this was a weapon to attack usually a castle. SPENCER MICHELS: In an after school class at Frick Middle School in Oakland, Calif., 20 girls are trying to figure out how to build a catapult ...

Watch Video Listen to the Audio RAY SUAREZ: For millions of high school students, getting a driver's license is a rite of passage. But, increasingly, states and school districts are linking the chance to get a license with requirements that students stay in school and perform academically. That's the focus of our story tonight, part of our American Graduate series on the nation's high school dropout crisis. Hari Sreenivasan reports. HARI SREENIVASAN: For 17-year-old Chelsea Shamblin, a driver's license means the chance to get to and from her after-school job as a dance instructor more easily ...

March 13, 2012

The city conducted a public survey to decide whether to replace its streetlights sodium light bulbs with L.E.D.s, a move that could save money and energy.

March 12, 2012

Intelligence agencies are the biggest buyers of data-crunching services, but civilian agencies aren't far behind.

March 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new law in Ohio creates an alert program to spread information to help find missing law enforcement officers and people suspected of seriously hurting or killing officers.

A program that encourages small businesses to perform research and development for NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies has helped companies commercialize such high-tech innovations as pressure-sensitive paint and flexible, heat-activated repair patches.

Latest federal data transparency site also delivers information on White House visitors, travel payments, and more.

Engaging citizens with maps and markers. Credit: Lee Shaver on FlickrThis piece originally appeared on The City Fix.

Urban planners, designers and architects have their work cut out for them. The rate of urbanization around the world means that we have to reconfigure the way we think, design and plan cities. It is not like starting from scratch on a clean canvas. Reconstructing existing cities to fit the needs of a larger population will be especially difficult because it will require planners to accommodate the needs of current urbanites, while forecasting the needs of future ...

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to authorize the installation of traffic cameras on the outside of school buses.
Inside buses, as in schools, video cameras are a commonly used crime deterrent. But on the roads, bus drivers report, the familiar red and white octagonal sign that unfolds as they stop to pick up or drop off children is often patently ignored.
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March 5, 2012

Despite decades of "steady improvement", Chicago is still home to some of the dirtiest waterways in the country. Now after years of obfuscation, the city's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is finally moving forward with cleanup plans.
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Administrator John Pistole expresses hopes for expanding trusted traveler programs.

Some studies show that integrating social media into college coursework may be helping students learn better.

Neighborhoods lack access to affordable, healthy foodMore than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don't have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows.

March 3, 2012

in one Florida elementary school, administrators are handing out "FCAT power bars" to improve students scores on the state's dreaded standardized tests.

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