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'Model' Students Enjoy Argonne Campus Life

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:36

More than 90 students conducted research with mentors at Argonne National Laboratory as part of the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program this past summer.

Reconstructed Bombe Machine Finds Key, Breaks Enigma Code

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 09:54

The reconstructed Turing-Welchman Bombe machine at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park successfully found the key to break an Enigma-encrypted message just as the original machine did during the Second World War.

Number of Women Studying Computer Skills in U.K. Falls by a Third

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:00

Fewer female students in the U.K. take the General Certificate of Secondary Education exam in computing or information and communications technology.

Most Preschool Educational Apps Not Designed to Help Children Learn, Study Finds

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:02

Most literacy and math educational apps for preschoolers incorporate few evidence-based features that align with best practices for teaching, a UCI study says.

Putting Answers to the Test

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:50

A new algorithm creates plausible answers designed to distract students from the correct answer in multiple choice exams.

One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have found that the fewer women who enter a doctoral program at the same time, the less likely any one of them will graduate within six years.

Google Grants €530,000 to Boost Irish Computer Science Curriculum Buzz

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00, the charitable arm of Google, has provided a €530,000 (US$618,801) grant to Irish NGO Camara Education to double the number of TechSpaces in Irish youth clubs.

Computer Science Graduates Make More Money Than Anyone Else in the U.K.

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:00

Computer science graduates in the U.K. earn more than any other undergraduate degree holder, and more than five times as much as those with arts degrees, according to the Good University Guide.

College Students Have Unequal Access to Reliable Technology, Study Finds

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:02

U.S. college students of lower socioeconomic status and students of color disproportionately experience difficulty maintaining access to technology, which can lead to lower grade point averages.

David Patterson Says It's Time for New Computer Architectures and Software Languages

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:55

David Patterson—University of California professor, Google engineer, and RISC pioneer—says there's no better time than now to be a computer architect.

US Takes First Step Toward a Quantum Computing Workforce

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:38

Quantum computers promise to transform computer security, finance, and many other fields by solving certain problems far faster than conventional machines.

Making Computer Science Accessible

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:00

The CSforAll initiative introduced an accessibility pledge to encourage companies and schools to eliminate some of the obstacles to computer science that disabled people face.

One Big Reason Why Women Drop Out of Doctoral STEM Programs

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:24

A new study found that the fewer females who enter a doctoral program at the same time, the less likely any one of them will graduate within six years.

The Latest Course Catalog Trend? Blockchain 101

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:56

A growing number of classes and research initiatives on blockchain technology are emerging at universities. Applications for the technology are springing up in various sectors, companies are investing heavily in the technology, and universities are taking note.

Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 13:00

Students from two historically black institutions spent two weeks this summer learning digital skills from U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory scientists.

What Programming Language Skills Do Employers Want?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:19

What programming language skills do employers want? Online job-search firm Indeed took a look at three months (18 May to 18 August) of 2018 job listings in its tech software category to find out.

Intel Execs Address the AI Talent Shortage, AI Education, and the 'Cool' Factor 

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:08

Last week, I sat down with Intel's Gadi Singer, vice president and general manager of artificial intelligence architecture, and Chris Rice, head of AI talent acquisition, to talk about AI workforce issues. Here's what they had to say.

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:38

Research from Melinda Gates in partnership with McKinsey & Company says that 32 large tech companies spend very little of their philanthropic dollars attempting to close the gender and race gap.

Many Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:49

Many Americans are willing to consider returning to college to pursue a cybersecurity education, according to a recent Champlain College Online survey.

China Is Overtaking the U.S. in Scientific Research

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:08

Thirty years ago in December, the modern exchange of scholars between the U.S. and China began.