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Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:37

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.

The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:00

Maths is the language of science.

Can UD's Lori Pollock Revolutionize Computer-Science Education?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:00

Professor Lori Pollock discusses the University of Delaware's Partner 4 Computer Science program designed to equip K-12 educators with skills for teaching students computer development.

These MIT Grads Will Serve the U.S. Armed Forces

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:17

A dozen 2017 graduates of MIT's Reserve Officer Training Corps received commissions in the U.S. military.

CS Education on Tablets for CS for All (#Tablets4CS for #CSforAll)

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 03:11

 If we design CS education for tablets, everyone will learn better.

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 16:33

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national security, current and former U.S. officials tell Reuters.

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:37

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts the ears.

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

A School District Is Building a DIY Broadband Network

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

The Albemarle County, VA, school district is building its own broadband network.

First the Cloud, Now AI Takes on the Scientific Method

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:38

Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed.

Designing Antiviral Proteins via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic 

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:59

As Bill Gates sees it, there are three main threats to our species: nuclear war, climate change and the next global pandemic.

The Beeping, Gargling History of Gaming's Most Iconic Sounds

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:32

The bouncy beeps of Pac-Man. The percussive build-up in Legend of Zelda. The effusive gibberish of The Sims. The sounds in videogames tell us to speed up, start over, and of course, to keep playing.

Wanted: More Data, the Dirtier the Better

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 13:49

To distill a clear message from growing piles of unruly genomics data, researchers often turn to meta-analysis—a tried-and-true statistical procedure for combining data from multiple studies.

AI Gets So-So Grade in Chinese University Entrance Exam

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:56

An artificial intelligence machine completed the math section of China's annual university entrance exam faster than human students, but with a below-average grade.

A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:56

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:37

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam seen as key to landing a lucrative white-collar job.

MIT Tops QS World University Rankings 

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:37

For the sixth year running, MIT sits atop the 2018 QS World University Rankings. Notable developments include six Chinese universities in the top 100 for the first time and Russian universities making big advances.

Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:31

It started about seven years ago. Iran's top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:49

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

Bringing Native Students Into STEM Fields

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:22

Three schools in South Dakota will continue collaborative efforts to encourage more Native American students to enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields aided by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.