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Chicago Public Schools said 84.2% of its students attended remote learning classes Tuesday, the first day of the new year. That figure is down about 10% over each of the past four school years.

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The Charging Bull statue is shown in New York’s financial district, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. More sharp declines for big tech stocks are dragging Wall Street toward a third straight loss on Tuesday. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Big technology stocks tumbled again on Tuesday, continuing the Icarus-like flight path for companies that just a week ago were the high-flyers carrying Wall Street to record heights. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has made internet access essential and many of Chicago's Black and Brown communities hit hardest by COVID-19 also lack internet access and devices.

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Two new research centers headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will boost transformational breakthroughs in quantum information science. Here, Argonne scientist Dafei Jin observes a dilution refrigerator—a cryogenic cooling device for materials used for quantum computing. (Photo by Mark Lopez / Argonne National Laboratory)

Quantum technology is expected to transform our world, and Chicago appears to be at the center of this quantum acceleration, thanks to funding from the Department of Energy to establish two quantum research centers locally.

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More than 18,000 CPS students have signed up to receive free internet access through the Chicago Connected program. With classes beginning remotely in just two weeks, city officials expect that number to continue growing exponentially.

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This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo / File)

Microsoft says it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition.

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Summer education enrichment programs have taken to Zoom. Are they working?

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the launch of "Chicago Connected" on Thursday at Evergreen Middle School. (City of Chicago)

With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the launch of a $50 million program that will provide free high-speed internet to students over the next four years.

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Internet access has been a lifeline for those staying at home. But for the 18% of Illinoisans without a broadband internet subscription, that lifeline is cut off. We discuss ideas for ensuring internet equity.

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The website, Corona Connects, was started by a group of college students looking to volunteer their time when campuses closed and courses moved online. (Courtesy of Corona Connects)

CoronaConnects.org seeks to match people across the country with coronavirus-related volunteer opportunities based on interest, location, availability and time commitment.

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Crowded hallways are a thing of the past in the era of remote learning. (WTTW News)

What are high school students really learning during this time of stay-at-home orders and remote learning? Maybe more than lesson plans intended.

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City officials on Monday launched a new web-based application they say was designed to help those suffering from the coronavirus while laying the groundwork for a massive vaccination campaign.

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As parents and students know, schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Gov. J.B. Pritzker says educators should be prepared to stay the course in case their doors have to remain closed this fall.

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As governors grapple with the question of when to reopen their states, the need for a wide-scale contact tracing effort is at the top of many experts’ lists. Help may be on the way, but it’s getting a lot of scrutiny.

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Chicago Public Schools is planning to hand out more digital devices to students and families who need them as the school district prepares to carry out remote learning plans for the remainder of the academic year.

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Cellphones are lifelines for hospital patients. But when batteries run out, a patient’s ability to call home might also. Meet a Logan Square nurse practitioner who’s making an effort to keep patients plugged in with family.

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