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So You Want to Be a . . . Software Developer

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:13

Software development is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:32

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:48

In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for associations: statistical links between, say, smoking and lung cancer, or the closing values of the New York Stock Exchange one day and the Tokyo exchange the next.

AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:54

In 2007, I spent the summer before my junior year of college removing little bits of brain from rats, growing them in tiny plastic dishes, and poring over the neurons in each one.

Females Now Make Up Less Than One Tenth of Computer Science Students in the U.K.

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Less than 10% of computer science students in the U.K. are female, and some schools have no female information and computing technology students at all.

Grad Student Leads Group on Algorithms and AI for Social Good

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:33

Founded in 2016, the Mechanism Design for Social Good research group identifies research topics for which algorithmic, mechanism design, and AI techniques have the potential to help groups  of people for whom opportunities have historically been limited.

Evidence Shows How Digital Technologies Help Illuminate the Humanities

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:24

Yale University's "Beyond Boundaries" symposium featured recent work of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty and staff members that incorporated digital technology into studies of the humanities.

Volunteer Program Brings Computer Science to Schools

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 09:30

Project manager Eric Hatch volunteers for a program that brings IT and software industry professionals into high school classrooms to teach computer science skills to students and teachers.

Learning Computer Programming, With No Teachers and No Tuition

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:24

Two-year-old Holberton School, which uses anonymous admissions tests and charges no tuition, is looking expand access to high-paying computer engineering jobs in Silicon Valley's tech industry.

Doctorates Awarded by U.S. Institutions in 2016 Near All-Time High

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:56

U.S. institutions awarded 54,904 research doctorate degrees in 2016, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, a U.S.-sponsored annual census of research degree recipients.

When Robots Milk Cows, Farm Families Taste Freedom

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:53

Robots have arrived at Bill and Carol Shuler's farm near Baroda, Mich., and life has taken a turn for the better.

Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (He was a PhD student there at the time.)

Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (He was a PhD student there at the time.)

Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 19:29

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world's largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as a core facility for the country's long-awaited brain project—China's version of the high-profile brain-science initiatives under way elsewhere in the world.

Here's How the US Needs to Prepare for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:17

Politicians worldwide are stealing one of the US government's best ideas by drawing up ambitious plans to make the most of advances in artificial intelligence.

Massive Study Finds Lectures Still Dominate STEM Ed

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:00

Fifty-five percent of STEM classroom interactions consist mostly of conventional lecturing, a teaching style prior research has identified as among the least effective at teaching and engaging students, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln study.

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:10

The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all at once in books.

Bridgeware

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

The challenge of combatting malware designed to breach air-gap isolation in order to leak data.

Building a Smart City

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Smart Internet-based infrastructure is one thing but will be ignored without the public's continuing engagement.

Realizing the Potential of Data Science

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00

Data science promises new insights, helping transform information into knowledge that can drive science and industry.

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