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Staff Changes Upend White House Cyber Team

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:24

The White House cybersecurity team is undergoing a major shuffle that former officials say could jeopardize the administration's efforts to develop cyber policy and punish hackers for disruptive attacks.

OLPC’s $100 Laptop was Going to Change the World — Then it All Went Wrong

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:46

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.

End Anonymous Refereeing

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:01

Who came up with this bizarre idea?

86-Year-Old Student Works Toward Computer Science Degree

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:25

Lowell Gardenhour, 86, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a junior majoring in computer science at West Chester University. He has taken one class per semester since 2008.

Robots Could Be Girls' Ticket to Future

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:05

The University of Southern California is trying to expose young people to robotics and computer science through the robotics open house, an annual event that draws mainly elementary and secondary school students from Los Angeles and beyond to spark their interest in technology.

What the History of Math Can Teach Us About the Future of AI

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:56

Whenever an impressive new technology comes along, people rush to imagine the havoc it could wreak on society, and they overreact. Today we see this happening with artificial intelligence (AI).

Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can't Be Found

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:21

When Zbynek Frolik needed new employees to handle surging orders at his cavernous factories in central Bohemia, he fanned advertisements across the Czech Republic. But in a prosperous economy where nearly everyone had work, there were few takers.

Integrating CS to improve scores in math, science, and English Language Arts: New result from and Outliers

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:11

Evidence from Broward County of integrated CS curriculum having an impact on standardized tests 

Hackathons Are Usually Dominated by Men; This One Was Just for Girls

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:13

"HeartOnSleeve," "Too Tired to be Tired," "Moodchanger," "Food for Less Thought." If these apps sound like something a teen girl would love, that's because they were designed by teen girls—and that's a good thing for the future of women in tech.

Forget Tech's Bad Bros: Stanford, Berkeley Boost Female Computing Grads

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:34

More and more women are getting computer science and electrical engineering degrees from the Bay Area's two elite universities, a goal U.S. colleges have been pursuing for decades.

On the Shortage of Computer Science Faculty

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:09

To have a functional and sustainable computer science department, Haverford College must hire as many tenure-track faculty members as possible, as soon as possible, according to an open letter to the school's Education Policy Committee.

In Memoriam: Burton J. Smith 1941–2018

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:54

Smith was well-known as a leader in high-performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers.

Attacks in UK and Syria Highlight Growing Need for Chemical-Forensics Expertise

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:49

As investigations continue into the attempted assassination of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, findings released this week have renewed focus on the class of nerve agents allegedly used.

Computer-Simulated Soybeans

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a simulation to guide farmers on soybean-planting strategies.

Cybersecurity Engineering: A New Academic Discipline

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:26

To encourage students to pursue the next level of cybersecurity education, academia must demonstrate that there is a clear path to better opportunities in terms of professional career advancement, including compensation, when entering the workforce with an advanced degree.

So You Want to Be a . . . Software Developer

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:13

Software development is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:32

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

A Revealer of Secrets in the Data of Life and the Universe

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:48

In statistics, abstract math meets real life. To find meaning in unruly sets of raw numbers, statisticians like Donald Richards first look for associations: statistical links between, say, smoking and lung cancer, or the closing values of the New York Stock Exchange one day and the Tokyo exchange the next.

AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:54

In 2007, I spent the summer before my junior year of college removing little bits of brain from rats, growing them in tiny plastic dishes, and poring over the neurons in each one.

Females Now Make Up Less Than One Tenth of Computer Science Students in the U.K.

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Less than 10% of computer science students in the U.K. are female, and some schools have no female information and computing technology students at all.