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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of 23andMe

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:50

There's a placard in Anne Wojcicki's office enshrining the attitude that nearly ran her company, 23andme, aground.

UCSD's Stefan Savage Wins a MacArthur Award

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:11

Stefan Savage, who's just won a five-year, $625,000 "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation, talks about how he became interested in cybersecurity, computer threats most of us haven't thought about, and why an Internet security guy works in a university instead of a Silicon Valley start-up.

Shafi Goldwasser Appointed Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:57

The Turing laureate will become the new director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley, on January 1, 2018.

Software Makes Educational Materials More Accessible in Developing Nations

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:57

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has partnered with developers in Zambia and Ethiopia to develop a software solution to address two recurring challenges of education and training programs on the African continent.

The Female Code-Breakers Who Were Left Out of History Books

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:45

Picture this. In 1917, the United States is just entering World War One. But to begin with, its military is small and its capacity for intelligence gathering is severely limited.

The Binary System Was Created Long Before Leibniz

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:54

There are reports of much older number systems using only two symbols that have been developed mainly in Asia.

National Academy of Engineering Announces Winners of 2017 Ramo Founders and Bueche Awards

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 09:49

The National Academy of Engineering's Simon Ramo Founders Award was to be presented to John E. Hopcroft on Sunday for his research contributions and leadership in engineering.

Filling the Pipeline for Computer Science Teachers

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:00

A shortage of computer science teachers is impeding state and local educators' adoption of new computer science mandates for students.

Study Sees Digital Divide Within the Global Classroom

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:08

A new study describes the similarities and differences between college students in the United States and India on managing students' use of digital devices in the classroom.

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:45

For more than two decades, Tim O'Reilly has been the conscience of the tech industry.

The NSA Officially Has a Rogue Contractor Problem

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:34

The NSA is one of the world's most notoriously secretive and powerful government agencies, guarding its powerful hacking tools and massive caches of collected data under layers of security clearances and world-class technical protections.

A Summer Away From the Keyboard

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:39

Three computer science students explain the pros and cons of spending their summer away from coding.

Why Researchers Should Step Out of the Lab

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:05

Quantitative assessment, cost modeling, and greater interaction with potential users of technology developed in research labs will help it become better aligned with the needs of industry, new research says.

What Is STEM Education?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:07

Teaching STEM in physical and online classrooms is the focus of two new papers that pull back the curtain to show there's more to the art of teaching than science.

A Field Farmed Only by Drones

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:30

Across the United Kingdom, the last of the spring barley has been brought in from the fields, the culmination of an agricultural calendar whose rhythm has remained unchanged for millennia.

Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Code.org estimates fewer than half of U.S. K-12 schools offer computer science courses, which a 2016 Google-Gallup survey elevates to 75% when accounting for after-school activities and clubs.

Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:18

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members all have access to the software code used to run their multi-step analyses, and the programmers update it daily with new features and bug fixes.

How China Is Catching Up To A U.S. Science & Tech Sector Uncertain Of Its Future

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:18

While the U.S. remains the global leader in Science and Technology, there is little doubt that its star is fading.

Colleges Are Marketing Drone Pilot Courses, but the Career Opportunities are Murky

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:33

Hot-air balloon pilot Richard Varney typically spends his weekends transporting tourists around central Massachusetts in a huge, multicolored balloon. But on a recent Sunday, Varney drove to a local community college and learned to fly a different type of aerial vehicle.

Where Are Computer-Savvy Workers Going to Come From?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:27

Linda Ott, professor of computer science at Michigan Technological University, comments on President Trump's call for funding for computer science and coding education in K-12 schools.

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