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Could AI Help to Create a Meat-Free World?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:49

Remember the last burger you really enjoyed—try to summon up its rich, juicy taste in your mind and its chewy, firm-yet-soft-yet-crunchy texture.

Coalition Seeks to Increase Transparency on Life Science Career Prospects

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:43

Nine U.S. research universities and a major research institute have announced plans to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities, and career prospects.

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:25

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's edge.

China Lacks the One Thing It Needs to Become an AI Powerhouse: Enough Talented Workers

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:06

The world's most populous country faces a severe talent shortage in its quest to become a global powerhouse in artificial intelligence.

The Tax Overhaul Could Cripple the U.S. as a Leader in Science

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:20

The graduate education system in the United States is rightly considered the best in the world. But Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed a bill that would undermine America's great universities and the nation's preeminence in scientific research, submitting to the self-serving interests of their wealthy donors (see "Stop Emissions").

Computerized Biology, or How to Control a Population of Cells With a Computer

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00

Two studies from European researchers detail their use of hybrid experimental platforms to enable the production of new and reprogrammable behaviors of cell populations.

Female Computer Science Students Given Boost by Leading Games Company

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:33

U.S. games giant Bethesda has donated $100,000 to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation to support 33 scholarships to women and minorities studying computer science at colleges and universities in the United States.

Why These Friendly Robots Can't Be Good Friends to Our Kids

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:40

Jibo the robot swivels around when it hears its name and tilts its touchscreen face upward, expectantly.

Plunge Into a (Virtual Reality) Black Hole

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:24

Imagine, in the frigid depths of space, a pair of immense black holes crashing together so violently that they shake the fabric of space and time.

Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:00

A new study has found virtual reality users need training to effectively perceive and use virtual imagery.

JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:19

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Besides allowing researchers to test new technologies, their relative simplicity also offers hands-on training to early-career engineers.

Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:37

The 20th century gave birth to the Nuclear Age as the power of the atom was harnessed and unleashed.

Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:00

Online students who use innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.

What I Learned from the People Who Built the Atom Bomb

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:54

When I began my career in elementary particle physics, the great figures who taught and inspired me had been part of the Manhattan Project generation that developed the atomic bomb.

How Melinda Gates Used Computer Science to Help Solve This Major Issue in Tech

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:37

Bringing women and underrepresented minorities into computer science guarantees a full range of solutions to real problems, says Melinda Gates.

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:42

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.

Demand for AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:34

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, "Intel Inside" stickers displayed on their foam torsos.

What Tech Skills are Hot (React, Cloud) or Not (Linux, Tableau)

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:24

It's a good time to have experience in React, the JavaScript library used to create user interfaces, according to a study released this week by job search firm

Taking a Second Look at the Learn-to-Code Craze

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:39

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming–or "coding"–is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom in the U.S.

Schools Dive In to Computer Science Education Week

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:52

This year's Computer Science Education Week, which started Monday, continues an ongoing effort to encourage K-12 students to engage with coding and computer science.