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Facebook announces ‘graph search’ feature

Facebook has announced that it will be transforming its search engine into what is called a “graph search”.

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Third Street Brewhouse born in Cold Spring

A new look, a new product and a new way of doing business.

These ideas are shaping the concept of Third Street Brewhouse, a division of the Cold Spring Brewing Company.

Since the launch of the new business concept in early June, the craft beer manufacturer has been the much needed jump start the Cold Spring Brewing Company has needed.

Cold Spring Brewing Company was brewing a mediocre beer in outdated equipment, said vice president and general manager Doug DeGeest.

And he was sick of it.

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Prices vary between local grocery stores

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If you’re a poor college student with a poor diet, you might be able to chalk it up to your grocery store.

In a survey of over 50 items between the Coborn’s Superstore in the Southside neighborhood and Cash Wise East across the river, Coborn’s charges an average of more than 10 percent more for produce, meat, household goods and more.

Fresh fruit and vegetables cost an average of over 14 percent at Coborn’s, and personal care items average even higher.

“Coborn’s and Cash Wise have different operating models,” said Emily Coborn,  communications manager at Coborn’s, Inc. “They’re essentially different grocery chains, even though they’re owned by Coborn’s.”

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“Bing It On” challenge

Microsoft’s Bing.com is hoping to have heard the phrase “Google it” for the last time. Last Thursday the rival search engine decided to show the world what they believe to be the little-known truth about surfing the web: Bing is better than Google as a search engine.

According to Bing, the Microsoft search engine was chosen over Google nearly 2:1 in blind comparison tests. These tests were conducted by independent research company Answers Research in San Diego, CA, who asked nearly 1000 Americans aged 18+ to type in 10 search queries of their choice into both Bing and Google and choose whether they preferred the left side, right side, or neither, according to Bing.com. To remove bias, the search results were stripped away of branding of any kind, including advertisements, knowledge graphs, or social searches.

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Curiosity rover lands on Mars

The Mars rover Curiosity will land on the surface to help discover new ventures.

Scheduled to touch down on the surface at 8:31 p.m. on Aug. 5 , this will be the fourth rover sent to the Martian surface and ninth mission to the system in ten years.

Curiosity has several goals while operating as the Mars Science Laboratory.

It will feature an onboard biology lab used to analyze soil samples. This will be used to analyze geological features of the planet and attempt to detect any biosignatures of previous life. It will also be used to understand how minerals were formed on the surface.

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PAC in need of upgrade

Many enjoy the refined echoes of instruments and voices that bounce off the walls of the Performing Arts Center, but  after a few questions to those who frequent the halls, it appears that this is a building in need of some increased funding.

Apparently, this is not a recent concern.

“It’s been an issue for the past ten years,” said Terry Vermillion, chair of the music department.

It is not as if the department has been left completely in the dark.

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Social media helps SCSU, students connect

SCSu has jumped at the opportunity to connect with students and staff using social networking sites.

Websites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are some of the most popular sites on the internet right now. Facebook boasts 600 million users alone, a num- ber that is steadily rising.

The SCSu Facebook page is an effective tool for students to stay connected with their school and vice versa. The page features news stories pertaining to student interests, as well as faculty and alumni interests.

One recent story is SCSU alumni and Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen’s donation to the Sanford Health Foundation.

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Medical Technology Quality Degree

SCSU will host a new master of sciences degree this fall that will be focused on technology in the field of medicine.
the Medical technology Quality degree will have courses teaching students about the medical technology industry as well as the manufacturing process. the most im- portant issue will be teaching students how to design systems that are safe, reliable, consistent and ensure product quality from conception to commercialization.
a long term goal for this program is to help students get acquainted with the industry and provide a good foundation to launch their careers.
Professors recommend students have an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, biochemistry, bio statistics, public health or nursing before entering into courses.
“in today’s competitive environment, especially in the Minnesota medical device sector, identifying and hiring competent and well-informed personnel in the quality profession is becoming more and more difficult,” said Jeff Fecho, vice president of global quality for St. Jude Medical.
this program is closely developed by a medical technol- ogy committee consisting of several experts in the medical industry that are prominent in Minnesota.
Suzanne danielson, director of Regulatory affairs and Quality, along with will donovan, division quality manager, both come from 3M. Michael Morton is senior director of Regulatory affairs for Medtronic. Vicki Bebeau is senior di- rector of Clinical Research for St. Jude Children’s hospital, among several other professionals.
Minnesota is one of the leading developers in medical technologies, with almost 600 Fda-approved facilities that produce medical devices. Between 2005 and 2009 these companies registered nearly 2,200 new patents, making Minnesota the state with the second largest number of patents.
“the medical technology quality program, coupled with the already active regulatory and clinical programs at SCSU, provides us with a readily available and credible source specifically geared toward the medical device indus- try,” Fecho said. “this program has global appeal and is a key educational component in assuring that our employees have what they need to keep us compliant and competitive.”
the Medical technology Quality program is not the first master’s program of its kind. Two other programs that handle medical technology have been at SCSU for several years.
Regulatory affairs and Services is a program which handles safety control and ensuring products are able to be used effectively. this is one of the highest jobs in demand for the medical technology industry and the program has been running since 2007.
applied Clinical Research is another master’s degree which focuses on medical technology and equipment safety and is also one of the highest jobs in demand. they ensure that equipment is well-built and will not malfunction during operation. this degree has been here since 2010.
Classes will be evenings and weekends at the university’s twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. interested students should contact the College of Science and engi- neering at 320-308-2167 or email mtq@stcloudstate.edu.

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Google sets their eyes to the future with their ‘Project Glass’

For the technologically “plugged in”, chances are by now you’ve heard of Google’s big announcement “Project Glass”.

For the uninitiated, “Project Glass” is Google’s attempt to bring heads-up displays to the masses through small glasses.

Announced alongside a promotional concept video and concept photos of models wearing futuristic glasses, “Project Glass” quickly grabbed the attention of the technologically geared en masse.

The concept video showed a person going through his daily life — except this time he’s aided by pop-ups, directions and live-chat all appearing seemingly smoothly from the background to the focus of his attention.

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Student Research Colloquium slated for April 17

SCSU will host the 15th Student Research Colloquium on campus Tuesday, April 17. The SRC is the annual event wherein the university allows students to present their research. It is open to faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from SCSU and other regional universities.

SRC helps the students, faculty and members of the community to get along and participated in various kind of activities which range from scientific to artistic. There are creative arts, mathematics, business, social science, humanities, physical and life sciences and engineering research in the event.

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