Amid concerns about college affordability, a call to increase Pell

When researchers at the National College Attainment Network this month looked at data showing how many people were reapplying for federal student aid to return for another year of college, they were alarmed.

After dipping in the spring at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the numbers over all had gone back to around what they were at this time last year. But not for the lowest-income students. The number of those with incomes less than $25,000 who were trying to get money to go back to school was down about 5 percent.

The numbers on reapplying for financial aid

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Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics | MIT News

At the heart of any electronic device is a cold, hard computer chip, covered in a miniature city of transistors and other semiconducting elements. Because computer chips are rigid, the electronic devices that they power, such as our smartphones, laptops, watches, and televisions, are similarly inflexible.

Now a process developed by MIT engineers may be the key to manufacturing flexible electronics with multiple functionalities in a cost-effective way.

The process is called  “remote epitaxy” and involves growing thin films of semiconducting material on a large, thick wafer of the same material, which is covered in an intermediate layer of graphene.

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Top 20 most popular phones in 2020

It is time to reflect on the smartphone scene as we’re sending off quite an unusual and remarkable year behind us. A lot of things happened and many of us were locked within the confinements of our own homes, having nothing but a smart device to connect to the outside world.

Thankfully, the smartphone companies kept delivering and they launched some incredible products in the past twelve months.

Top 20 most popular phones in 2020

We gathered a list of the top 20 most popular phones and half of those were manufactured by Samsung – no surprise there from the world’s biggest smartphone maker. Apple, OnePlus, and

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4 Most Important Networking Trends 2020

 

In today’s digital world, networking technology is everything. It’s what makes the internet possible. It’s how businesses support sprawling multinational footprints. It’s even stitching together the appliances in our homes into one, smart, convenient fabric.

For all of its importance, though, networking technology as a whole doesn’t tend to change much. For example, the internet itself runs on an iteration of a protocol that’s now 40 years old. Most of the developments in networking over that time have revolved around capacity and speed – not capability.

As we move into the 2020s, though, there are a number of trends

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10 fool-proof predictions for the Internet in 2020

There are many views about how to fix the Internet’s architecture, but there’s widespread agreement about many aspects of the future Internet. Here’s our list of 10 fool-proof predictions for what the Internet will look like in a decade.

Forty years after it was invented, the Internet is straining under the weight of cyber attacks, multimedia content and new mobile applications. In response, U.S. computer scientists are re-thinking every aspect of the Internet’s architecture, from IP addresses to routing tables (see main story: 2020 Vision: Why you won’t recognize the ‘Net in 10 years) to overall Internet security. There

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