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Capturing college students' attention

Some US universities are transforming the way that science is taught

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(Above) Students work collaboratively during an introductory chemistry class at the University of California, Davis, using a remote control to answer questions.

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Students work collaboratively during an introductory chemistry class at the University of California, Davis, (above) using a remote control to answer questions.

Davis, California

HUNDREDS of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze

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