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In this Jan. 20, 2015 photo provided by Dartmouth College, Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, poses on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. Rockmore, a mathematics and computer science professor, spun off the idea for the contests from his experience riding a stationary bike. He started thinking about how the music being played during his spin class helped him pedal at the right the pace, and he was surprised when the instructor told him he selected the songs without the help of computer software. (Dartmouth College via AP)

Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. The judges won’t know which is which. The …

UMass Amherst takes new steps to comply with Iranian sanctions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Massachusetts’s flagship public university confirmed that it won’t ban Iranian nationals from certain graduate programs as it initially said it would do this year but instead will unroll several new measures to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst had said in February that it would block Iranian …

Citing state budget, officials raise tuition at New Hampshire’s universities

Monday, June 29, 2015

After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. USNH trustees asked for $90 million from …

Students continue to protest headmaster decision at Pembroke School Board

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A group of about 10 students went before the Pembroke School Board on Tuesday to reiterate their opposition to the board’s decision to change the title of the school’s top administrator. The students – most of them wearing …

For Pembroke Academy grads, ‘small moments’ hold a big meaning

Sunday, June 14, 2015

With their whole lives and a world of possibility in front of them, this year’s graduates of Pembroke Academy took a moment yesterday to put that all aside and look back. They each remembered those vivid memories they’d …

Bow High School graduates told to ‘keep on laughing’

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jason Smick was busy right up until last day of high school. On Friday afternoon, Smick came rushing back to Bow High School graduation practice, fresh from signing up for the Air National Guard. In the next few …

Valedictorian tells Merrimack Valley class they have already made choices that will impact the rest of their lives

Saturday, June 13, 2015

As the student speakers addressed their classmates at the Merrimack Valley High School graduation yesterday, they acknowledged the challenges that high school presented. Different grading systems were introduced, new administrators and teachers joined the school this year, and …

Seventh-generation nephew of John Stark encourages graduates to reflect on past to continue forward

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The cannon sat off to the side of yesterday’s festivities, away from the flashing cameras and waving relatives and the smiling graduates of John Stark Regional High School. That cannon is a relic of a time gone by, …

For Josh Marzelli, Kearsarge Regional graduation marks a milestone after multiple surgeries and a heart transplant

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The story of Kearsarge Regional High School’s class of 2015 is one of reacting to unexpected change. “This group has done a very good job with adjusting to change,” Robert Bennett, who was serving his first year as …

Franklin High graduates marked by talent, potential

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kimberly Gerlarneau is ready to move on from the homecoming and winter carnival events, say goodbye to high school athletics and move beyond the lifestyle of a student. Change is something she and her Franklin High School classmates …

From running away to running his life, via Second Start

Saturday, June 13, 2015

As a sophomore in high school, Dom Lucio was on the verge of giving up. He said he felt he was being torn down by his peers in the place where he was supposed to be building himself …

Parker Academy, graduates, do things their own way

Friday, June 12, 2015

Trevor Bowler didn’t wear a traditional mortar board cap at yesterday afternoon’s Parker Academy graduation ceremony. Instead, he wore a green-and-white Boston Red Sox hat, to match his polo shirt and neon-green Nike sneakers. None of the 11 …

Derryfield seniors getting ready for graduation

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Derryfield School teaches students starting in sixth grade, but the name given to students who spend seven years at the school signifies a permanence to their time there. The students who begin at the middle school and …