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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:33

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national security, current and former U.S. officials tell Reuters.

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:37

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts the ears.

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

A School District Is Building a DIY Broadband Network

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

The Albemarle County, VA, school district is building its own broadband network.

First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:38

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed.

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:59

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

The Beeping, Gargling History of Gaming's Most Iconic Sounds

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:32

The bouncy beeps of Pac-Man. The percussive build-up in Legend of Zelda. The effusive gibberish of The Sims. The sounds in videogames tell us to speed up, start over, and of course, to keep playing.

Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 13:49

To distill a clear message from growing piles of unruly genomics data, researchers often turn to meta-analysis—a tried-and-true statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies.

AI Gets So-So Grade in Chinese University Entrance Exam

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:56

An artificial intelligence machine completed the math section of China's annual university entrance exam faster than human students, but with a below-average grade.

A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:56

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:37

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam seen as key to landing a lucrative white-collar job.

MIT Tops QS World University Rankings 

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:37

For the sixth year running, MIT sits atop the 2018 QS World University Rankings. Notable developments include six Chinese universities in the top 100 for the first time and Russian universities making big advances.

Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:31

It started about seven years ago. Iran's top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:49

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

Bringing Native Students Into STEM Fields

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:22

Three schools in South Dakota will continue collaborative efforts to encourage more Native American students to enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields aided by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

AI Summit Aims to Help World's Poorest

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:46

In the world's wealthiest neighbourhoods, artificial intelligence (AI) systems are starting to steer self-driving cars down the streets, and homeowners are giving orders to their smart voice-controlled speakers. But the AI revolution has yet to offer much help to the 3 billion people globally who live in poverty.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:51

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:05

If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively, we need to prepare them now. That will mean some adjustments in elementary education and some major, long-overdue upgrades in computer science instruction at the secondary level.

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:08

To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher's lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her.

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:20

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, "save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot."