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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:51

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities.

Nonprof-IT Student Teams Provide Tech Support to Community Groups

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:18

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offer free IT services through the Nonprof-IT program.

Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

A team of students from the University of Cape Town in South Africa took first place in the Student Cluster Competition.

Josh Tenenbaum Named Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:16

Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of computational cognitive science at MIT, was named 2018 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine.

The US Needs to Engage China on Tech, Or Risk Isolating Itself

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:50

The contrast could hardly be more striking. In October, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a blistering speech accusing China of stealing prized US technology and military hardware. Barely two weeks later, one of Beijing's most powerful bureaucrats touched down in Israel for a visit focused on building ties with its tech and innovation sectors.

Science vs. the State: A Family Saga at the Caltech of China

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 09:42

Three generations of personal and political history show the tensions between the Communist Party's need for knowledge and its need for ideological control.

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years.


Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years--Here's Why

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years.

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:45

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 13:48

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for heads. The text declares: "The People Believe What the Media Tells Them They Believe: George Orwell."

What Are Silicon Valley's Highest-Paying Tech Jobs?

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:36

Product management, reliability, and security jobs pay the most in Silicon Valley, says job search firm Indeed.

STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 11:00

Some programmers are doubtful that toys promising to imbue young minds with science, technology, engineering, and math skills can deliver on that promise.

3 Reasons Students Aren't Into Computer Science – Yet

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:37

Many students go through their entire high school career without being exposed to computer science. Research isolated three reasons why students are not interested in computer science.

The Yoda of Silicon Valley

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 09:50

Donald Knuth, recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1974, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, "The Art of Computer Programming."

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:42

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., and the Institute of International Education in New York City.

The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:38

The growing use of work robots and the deployment of artificial intelligence have been most disruptive in just those areas of the country that provided President Trump with crucial margins of support in 2016.

'Blockchain Developer' Is the Fastest-Growing U.S. Job

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:33

"Blockchain developer" is the top emerging job in the U.S., according to data published in LinkedIn's 2018 U.S. Emerging Jobs report.

TTU's First Female Computer Science Ph.D. to Graduate Saturday

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:25

Rina Singh will make history this Saturday when she graduates as Tennessee Tech University's first female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering with a concentration in computer science.

Nine Charts That Really Bring Home Just How Fast AI Is Growing

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:47

With so much hype surrounding artificial intelligence today, it can be difficult to know where things actually stand. Fortunately, a report (.pdf) issued by a group of AI policy researchers today collates a range of data that helps capture the state of the AI boom.

What Student Developers Want In a Job (Hint: It's Not Ping Pong)

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:23

Software developers about to enter the workforce are looking for professional learning and work/life balance more than corporate perks, according to a HackerRank report.