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Feds Move to Ramp Up Cyber Hiring

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:16

The federal government will host the first-ever government-wide event to recruit new IT and cybersecurity talent, at a time when agencies and department are struggling to fill these positions.

Automated Feedback: The New Science of Grading STEM Papers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:03

Science educators at Wake Forest University are testing how automated feedback combined with one-on-one teaching methods can improve scientific writing from STEM undergraduates.

U.S. News Ranks Undergraduate Computer Engineering Programs 2018

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:06

U.S. News & World Report announced the 2018 Best Undergraduate Computer Engineering Programs at U.S. public colleges and universities.

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:52

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 18:42

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.

New App Could Transform Music Teaching in Schools

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:00

Syncphonia is a new application that enables a music teacher to deconstruct a piece of music into its component parts, so each player's part is displayed individually.

Meet Marie desJardins, 2017 Educator ABIE Award Winner

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:13

An interview with University of Maryland educator Marie desJardins, this year's A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award winner.

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:12

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.

Computer Science Department Faculty Is Stretched Thin

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:26

Georgia State University's Computer Science Department has experienced a sharp increase in enrollment for the fall semester, but its faculty and resources are stretched too thinly.

IBM and MIT Bet That Materials and Quantum Advances Will Supercharge AI

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:18

A new $240 million center at MIT may help advance the field of artificial intelligence by developing novel devices and materials to power the latest machine-learning algorithms. It could, perhaps, also help IBM reclaim its reputation for doing cutting-edge AI.

Harvard's Dean of Undergrad Ed Visits CS50, Tells Students Not to Cheat

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:35

After a flood of cheating cases roiled Computer Science 50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" last year, Harvard's Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris implored students in the course not to cheat on assignments at an orientation session Wednesday night.

Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 15:41

By Wednesday of last week, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to rain devastation on the Gulf Coast, a new storm, Irma, was taking shape in the eastern Atlantic.

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 13:34

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's oldest materials: clay.

Microsoft and Cornell Tech Announce New Partnership

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:10

Microsoft is partnering with the Cornell Tech-based Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts.

The Effectiveness of Coding Camps

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:31

Do coding schools really get you working faster, with better pay, than college computer science courses?

How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:48

Why do so few women work in tech? It isn't that they can't do math or are biologically unsuited to the tasks.

Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:59

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:00

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

How Retractions Hurt Scientists' Credibility

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:26

Faulty research creates a significant drop in citations of a scientist's prior published work, a new study says. 

Tweets on Academic Papers 'Mechanical and Devoid of Original Thought'

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:31

Academics are often encouraged to use social media sites to disseminate their research findings, but a new study says that most tweeting on academic research is "almost entirely mechanical and devoid of original thought."