science and technology

Vanishing bandwidth

Superintendent Silva's decision last spring to provide every Saint Paul Public School student with an iPad in two years has not proven to be a seamless transition for SPPS staff and students. For those students who have received iPads it sometimes takes several minutes for web pages to load on their devices. Quite often the students are unable to download apps due to a dearth of bandwidth available to the devices. The network remains sluggish and iPads often lose their IP Addresses that allow them to access the network and the Internet. This generally means the iPads need to be restarted in hopes that the devices will be able to connect to the district network after they restart.

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Girls explore creative coding at Katie DoJo

Since my return from the Code for America 2014 Summit I have replayed – virtually and literally – the images of the presenters. One image keeps recurring – the image of creative young women working with users to craft techie tools that solve real-life human needs. For so many of these young women the story was not so much about the tool but about the ways in which the app improved someone’s life. That implicit purpose seemed uniquely explicit in the presentations of dozens of young female coders.

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Code + Collaboration: Open government is greater than the sum of its parts

The challenge of genuine, sustained, respectful collaboration, both the hope and the life blood of the information age, fascinates me. Over time I have learned to value viable collaboration and to celebrate the power of a diverse community of human beings who share the serious work it takes to identify, then achieve, a common purpose. I understand that collaboration is organic. More important, I appreciate that, while people and organizations will pay for goods and services, no one wants to pay for collaboration.

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A day at Farmfest: No tech talk with Gubernatorial Debate, yes drones for farming!

Today I spent the day at Farmfest. Originally I had planned to attend the Broadband Task Force meeting at Farm Fest but the meeting was cancelled; I figured this was a good opportunity to learn more about broadband and agriculture business as well as get a broad take on the priority folks in agriculture place on broadband.

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ST. PAUL NOTES | CTEP: Mending chairs and relationships

(Photo by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva) CTEP member Hnou Vang teaches Me Mar, a Karenni refugee.

With six "very old" chairs, the elderly woman knew she needed some repairs. Trying out her new computer skills, she put "chair repair" into Google, and saw several repair shops within easy driving distance — and a website called "how to repair chairs." And, she proudly told her Computer Club friends, she followed the directions and fixed all the chairs herself!

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University of Minnesota celebrates completion of world-class NOvA detector

(Photo by Bridget Bennett) Members of a tour group take photos while observing the NOvA far detector on July 24, 2014, in Ash River, Minn. The 14,000-ton detector is one of the world's largest free-standing plastic structures.

A newly unveiled 14,000-ton neutrino detector built in part by hundreds of University of Minnesota students and staff is searching a kilometers-wide beam of particles for clues about the beginning of the universe.

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University of Minnesota combats food supply issues with MnDRIVE

(Photo by Holly Peterson) College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor Nicholas Phelps explains aquaponic farming in a greenhouse in St. Paul on July 25, 2014. Phelps’ project is one of 17 receiving funding from MnDRIVE.

With government dollars and partnerships with industry in tow, the University of Minnesota’s research powerhouse is turning its gaze to addressing global food security, safety and sustainability.

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Walking historic Minneapolis — There's an app for that!

Seldom have we known such a summer for strolling Twin Cities neighborhoods – enjoying the magnificent gardens, the unique architecture, the cool breezes, the friendliness of your own neighborhoods, and the stories of neighborhoods waiting to be explored.

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Ending net neutrality: Greater higher ed costs

With more college students than ever jumping on the Internet, the issue of net neutrality is ever more relevant on campus.

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