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Silver Lining Cleaning Up the Cloud


The New York Times has reported that “cloud” data centers—which store YouTube videos, run Google searches and process eBay bids—use about 2 percent of all electricity in the nation. In some data centers, up to 90 percent of the energy is wasted. Now, an industry consortium called the Uptime Institute is sponsoring a “server roundup” and handing out rodeo belt buckles to the Internet company that can take the largest number of heat-producing, energy-hungry serv-


ers offline. Many centers expend as much or more energy in cooling their facilities as in computing and transmitting data. Sharing best practices has become common among data center pros. Face-


book won the Institute’s Audacious Idea award last year for its Open Compute Project, which enabled both its server and data center designs to be open-sourced for anyone to access and improve upon.


Source: Slate.com


Online Literacy Students Learning to Adopt Internet Academics


The findings of a survey of teach- ers conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in collaboration with the Col- lege Board and the National Writing Project, show that the Internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, but digital literacy skills need improvement. Three-quarters of Advanced Placement and National Writing Proj- ect teachers say that the Internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ re- search habits, but 87 percent say these technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short atten- tion spans, and 64 percent say they do more to divert students’ attention than to help them academically. The good news is that 99 percent


of teachers in the study agree with the notion that, “The Internet enables students to access a wider range of resources than would otherwise be available,” and 65 percent agree that, “It makes today’s students more self- sufficient researchers.”


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