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NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:23

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:40

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas.

Video Games Can Make You a Better Writer

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:17

While teachers traditionally encourage students to read more to become better writers, New York Institute of Technology English professor John Misak suggests relying on video games to help improve students' narrative composition skills. 

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 14:21

Computer scientists at Stanford are not taught to seriously consider the societal or political impact of their products. This oversight is troubling since technology touches almost all dimensions of 21st-century American lives.

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 13:27

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.

Artificial Intelligence Course Creates AI Teaching Assistant

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:48

A team of researchers has developed a virtual teacher's assistant, called Jill Watson, using technologies from IBM's Watson platform.

Going Retro With Rube

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:30

Old-time machine contest fosters STEM creativity.

Older Adults Learning Computer Programming: Motivations, Frustrations, and Design Opportunities

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 13:11

I summarize the first known research study of older adults (aged 60 and over) learning computer programming.

How NASA Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:02

Everyone likes a good space photo.

A Robot Revolution, This Time in China

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:00

Even a decade ago, car manufacturing in China was still a fairly low-tech, labor-intensive endeavor.

Celebrating 10 Years of Scratch

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:54

More than 800 events in almost 70 countries celebrated Scratch Day this month to recognize the kids' programming language and online community on its 10th anniversary.

A Trump Dividend for Canada? Maybe in Its A.I. Industry

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:08

Amir Moravej, an Iranian computer engineer in Montreal, quietly worked last year on building software to help people navigate the Canadian immigration system.

UCI CalTeach and ICS Partner With Google to Train Computer Science Teachers

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:00

A new partnership aims to address the shortage of computer science teachers by developing a training program for pre-service math and science educators.

Jennifer Rexford Announced As 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:06

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring, as well as those who recruit, encourage, and promote women and minorities in computing fields.

In Memoriam Harry D. Huskey 1916-2017

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:06

Huskey's work included building innovative hardware and novel software, and educating computer scientists worldwide. 

As CS50 Expanded, Course Materials Became More Publicly Available

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:19

The enormous online popularity of Harvard's popular CS50 class made it easy for enrollees to find answers to problem sets on the Internet, potentially facilitating cheating in the course, according to some CS50 staffers.

Eric Schmidt Discusses Computing, AI, and the Future of Technology

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:59

Self-driving cars, the state of computer science research, artificial intelligence, and other topics were all on the table when MIT' CSAIL hosted Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus.

Planetariums, Not Just for Kids

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 18:45

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer serious scientists.

Possible Cheating Uncovered in Popular Harvard Computer Class

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:32

Multiple Harvard students, possibly more than 60, have been suspected of cheating in the wildly popular CS50 computer science course and had their cases referred to the college's Honor Council, a step that can lead to expulsion in the most extreme cases.

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:37

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to money managersdermatologists and retail workers.