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Doing Science Rather Than Being Scientists More Encouraging to Girls

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 10:35

Subtle but powerful linguistic cues could help increase girls' science engagement in early childhood, says a study from New York University and Princeton University.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:42

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.

Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among Us, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:59

Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University's astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty.

Why There Will Be No Data Science Job Titles By 2029

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:27

There will be no data science job listings in about 10 years, and here's why.

How to Start and Organize a Kubernetes Meetup

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:19

Meetups are great ways to learn about new technologies like Kubernetes. If there's not one in your area, it's easy to start one.

Utah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:52

Five leaders each offer $1 million to match legislative funding for computer science in a first-of-its-kind program.

San Francisco Schools Have An Answer to Tech's Diversity Problem

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 11:36

How one school district is closing the STEM gap.

“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 09:51

Letters between John W. Backus and Edsger W. Dijkstra, 1979.

The growing tension between undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or just those who get past the caps?

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 10:00

 Are we repeating the 1980's? It's even worse now.

Hawking's Nightmare

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Stephen Hawking warned us not to contact E.T.

Even Central Users Do Not Always Drive Information Diffusion

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Diffusion speed and scale depend on all kinds of information, not just which users have the most or fewest connections.


Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

SONYC integrates sensors, machine listening, data analytics, and citizen science to address noise pollution in New York City.

The Importance of a Great Finish

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

You have to finish strong, every time.

Do We Really Need Computational Thinking?

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Considering the expression "computational thinking" as an entry point to understand why the fundamental contribution of computing to science is the shift from solving problems to having problems solved.

How Computer Science at CMU Is Attracting and Retaining Women

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Carnegie Mellon University's successful efforts enrolling, sustaining, and graduating women in computer science challenge the belief in a gender divide in CS education.

Technologizing Agriculture

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Genetic engineering technologies are advancing at a furious rate, changing the world one cell at a time.

Seeking Digital Humanities, IT Tech Support

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00

Herbert Bruderer explains why the opposite of digital is not analog; Robin K. Hill describes how the challenges of user support are aggravated by indeterminate client responsibility.

The Programming Languages and Skills That Pay the Best in 2019

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:56

The 10 programming languages associated with the highest-paying jobs all earned developers an average salary of above $100,000 in 2018, according to the Dice 2019 Tech Salary Report.

H-1B Visa Lottery Changing to Favor Those With Advanced Degrees

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:47

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a rule change that will give highly skilled workers with advanced degrees an edge in the lottery that decides who gets the 85,000 H-1B visas granted to for-profit companies every year.