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Inside Sony's Search for the Next Walkman

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:56

Sony Corp., which is emerging from five years of brutal restructuring that gutted its workforce and product lineup, wants to show off a few new things.

$2-Million Donation Supports Launch of Theoretical Machine Learning Program

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:43

The donation comes from Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, and Wendy Schmidt, president of The Schmidt Family Foundation and cofounder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

There's a Debate Raging in Science About What Should Count as 'Significant'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:59

Psychology and many related fields are in the midst of what can be viewed as a coming-of-age crisis.

How Apps Can Motivate You by Tapping Into Your Personality

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:00

Rita Orji at the University of Waterloo in Canada is designing interactive persuasive computer games customized to the player's motivational style.

As Washington Tries to Protect Tech, China Could Fight Back

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:44

As the Trump administration moves to take on China over intellectual property, Washington will find it has limited firepower.

Profile of Claude Shannon, Inventor of Information Theory

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:56

Claude Shannon couldn't sit still.

Is the U.S. Education System Ready for CS for All?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00

Insights from a recent Google-Gallup national research study seeking to better understand the context of K--12 CS education.

Better Business Through Sci-Fi

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 16:38

About five years ago, Ari Popper enrolled in a course on science-fiction writing at the University of California, Los Angeles, hoping to distract himself from the boredom of his day job as the president of a market-research company.

Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature Into the Digital Universe

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:24

Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can't keep up.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:25

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.

Flush Times for Hackers in Booming Cyber Security Job Market

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:40

The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security.

Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

The Trump administration's lack of support for $4 billion CSforAll initiative of the Obama administration has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the lead and contribute resources. 

NSF Research Traineeship Program Supports Preparation of Future STEM Workforce 

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:53

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded 17 projects a total of $51 million to develop and implement potentially transformative models for graduate education in STEM fields.

Robots, Start Your Engines!

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:52

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

The College Course Where the Military Assigns the Homework

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:22

This spring, as part of their coursework, four Stanford University students found themselves in Coronado, California, doing pushups on the beach and charging into a 61-degree surf while overseen by Navy SEAL trainers.

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:02

An initiative by the American Library Association and Google looks to enhance school and public libraries with resources for STEM innovation.

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00

Programming jobs have spread across the U.S. and pooled in other metro areas outside of Silicon Valley, according to data from Glassdoor.

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:50

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.