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Filling the Science Communication Gap

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 13:56

Two English professors have co-edited a book they hope will make science communication easier for instructors, and their students, to teach and learn.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:58

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 08:53

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes. 

Information Technology: A Digital Genius at Play

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:43

The US mathematician and electrical engineer Claude Shannon, whose life spanned the tumultuous, technologically explosive twentieth century, is often called the father of information theory.

Why Haven't Reporters Mass-Adopted Secure Tools for Communicating With Sources?

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:35

In the months since Donald Trump took office, Washington has been leaking like a sieve.

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:21

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students' shopping wish lists: a laptop computer.

11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:00

Girls ages 10-18 from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their communities.

Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:12

Although computer use during class may create the illusion of enhanced engagement with course content, it more often reflects engagement with social media, YouTube videos, instant messaging, and other nonacademic content.

U.S. Institutions Awarded the Most Doctorates Ever Recorded in 2015

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:43

Over a 20-year span, the number of women receiving doctorates in science and engineering at U.S. institutions increased by 93 percent, and the number receiving Ph.D.s in computer and information sciences increased 92 percent. 

California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00

California's 2017-2018 state budget includes funding for initiatives to broaden K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:08

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

The President of Search Giant Baidu Has Global Plans

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:42

Google and Facebook are household names around the world. Baidu? Not yet. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can become worldwide Internet powerhouses too.

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia in the data science space.

A List of Professors' Last Names Can Reveal Unethical Hiring

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 11:40

What's in a name? An examination of the last names of academics in the United States, France, and Italy reveals distinctive patterns in higher education systems.

The Beginner's Creed

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.

'Generation CS' Drives Growth in Enrollments

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Undergraduates who understand the importance of computer science have been expanding the CS student cohort for more than a decade.

A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 12:40

A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but they were not hiring.

Building a STEM Pipeline

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 12:37

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's summer science camp supports future innovators, scientists, and engineers.

CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have combined machine-learning algorithms with brain-imaging technology to "mind read."