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Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

Security concerns have prompted Oxford University in the U.K. to sever ties with Huawei.

A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.

High School Senior Brings Pianist's Perspective to Computer Science

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:14

A changed perspective of math and a determination gained as a piano student put Cumberland Valley High School senior Elizabeth Walker on a course to study computer science at Cornell University next fall.

What the Future of Work Means for Cities

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:30

Two weeks ago, MIT's David Autor gave the prestigious Richard T. Ely lecture at the annual meeting of American economists in Atlanta. Introduced by the former chair of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke as a "first-class thinker" who was doing "path-breaking" work on the central economic issues of automation, globalization, and inequality, Autor strolled up to the microphone with a big smile.

J-PAL North America Calls for Proposals From Education Leaders

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:47

J-PAL North America has announced a call for proposals designed to help education leaders identify effective practices that utilize education technology.

A Star Is Born…With C Programming and Robots

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:43

The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Robotics and Coding Academy aims to inspires children to pursue careers in science and technology.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:32

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement, eating and rumination patterns. They are milked not by humans but by robotic machines.

Former Super Bowl Champ Empowers Students to Learn Computer Science

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:50

Retired NFL defensive tackle Ellis Wyms recently founded Athletes for Computer Science, which deploys athlete ambassadors to teach children in underprivileged districts about computer science, technology, and coding.

The MOOC Pivot

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:09

After promising a reordering of higher education, the massive open online course (MOOC) field is instead coalescing around a different, much older business model: helping universities outsource their online master's degrees for professionals.

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 13:37

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum information science over the next 10 years.

Student Develops Machine-Learning Model for Energy and Environmental Applications

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:33

A West Virginia University physics student helped create a machine-learning model that has the potential to make searching for energy and environmental materials more efficient. 

Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:00

A growing number of hospitals and medical centers are embracing virtual reality technology to provide better,  faster training for resident doctors and surgeons.

STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 12:00

A survey found U.S. students and teachers continue to experience unequal access to science, technology, engineering, and math classes and resources.

Reseacher Will Shed Light on Doctoral Program Dropouts

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:16

Professor Catherine Berdanier will use an NSF CAREER Award to better understand the experiences and obstacles faced by engineering doctoral students.

Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:00

Researchers suggest educational institutions should establish an engineering discipline for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:17

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely regarded as one of the most influential, serving as a model for building other European democracies.

Software Developer Tops List of 2019 Best Jobs Rankings

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:18

Software developer is the top pick for best job in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report. The position's projected increase in demand and average stress levels helped it land the top spot.

Tech Giants, Gorging on AI Professors Is Bad for You

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 17:27

In an essay written in 1833, the British economist William Forster Lloyd made a profound observation using the example of cattle grazing.

Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:50

The University of Colorado is relying on robots to help students maintain a presence in class, even when they cannot physically be there.

2019's Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:29

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue is the top U.S. metro area for STEM professionals, according to WalletHub's 2019 rankings. Boston-Cambridge-Newton ranks second, and Pittsburgh is third.