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Image Doctoring Must Be Halted

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 11:12

Seven years ago, a cover of The Economist showed Barack Obama, head down on a Louisiana beach in front of an oil rig—the picture of lonely despair.

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:09

Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather.

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:44

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.

It's Too Late to Stop China from Becoming an AI Superpower

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:34

Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's openness to investors looking for new ideas in technologies like artificial intelligence was putting it in danger.

Virtual Training Prepares First Responders for Active Shooter Incidents

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:17

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's EDGE virtual training platform allows first responders to assume avatars and role-play in complex response scenarios involving an active shooter.

China's Tech Moguls Warn of AI's Troubling Trajectory

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:26

China has seen incredible economic and social changes over the past few decades. But could the impact of artificial intelligence take the country by surprise?

Engineering Laughter

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:07

Ajitesh Srivastava, a USC Viterbi computer science Ph.D. candidate, spends his free time entertaining crowds at L.A.'s comedy clubs.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:58

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs.

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:20

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially. Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18 recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

They Were Going to Be India's Gilded Generation.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:43

They were going to be India's gilded generation.

From the NFL to MIT: The Double Life of John Urschel

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:18

John Urschel is a doctoral candidate in math at MIT and an offensive lineman with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and EY. 

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:06

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study—from physiology and psychology to physics and chemistry—offered real answers.

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Examining Intelligent Robots and Their Role in Society

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:57

An integrative studies course at Penn State will focus on the interdisciplinary nature of robots and ethics.

China Cracks Down on Fake Peer Reviews

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:09

The Chinese government is going on the offensive against scientists who dupe journals by creating fraudulent reviews of submitted papers.

Three ICPC Finalists and the Tech Gender Gap

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:00

Three female participants of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals consider their role in the contest, and in computer science.

3 ICPC Finalists and the Tech Gender Gap

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:00

Three female participants of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals consider their role in the contest, and in computer science.