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$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:04

Indiana University is launching a $1.2-million project examining why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs.

ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:04

The International Society for Technology in Education and Code.org have formed a partnership to create more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer science.

Missing Data Hinder Replication of Artificial Intelligence Studies

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:23

The booming field of artificial intelligence is grappling with a replication crisis. AI researchers have found it difficult to reproduce many key results, and that is leading to a new conscientiousness about research methods and publication protocols.

One Hour of Video Gaming Can Increase the Brain's Ability to Focus

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:34

Students who spent one hour playing video games demonstrated improved visual selective attention and changes in brain activity.

Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 14:24

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:06

In 1981, when I was 9 years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:04

U.S. universities are starting to offer ethics courses relating to computer science.

As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:53

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Sky-High Salaries Are the Weapons in the AI Talent War

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:45

If you want to command a multiyear, seven-figure salary, you used to have only four career options: chief executive officer, banker, celebrity entertainer, or pro athlete. Now there's a fifth—artificial intelligence expert.

Trump's Budget Wants the US to Stop Watching the Planet

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:26

Today, the Trump administration released a proposed budget that called for massive cuts to science research across the federal government.

UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:04

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has cited the need to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research.

Girls Who Code at Fashion Week

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:30

Women's knitwear brand PH5 has been working with Girls Who Code to design a sweater with a special code on it. "We have to change the image of what a coder looks like and the industries where coders are most prominent," says Reshma Saujani, the founder and chief executive of the Girls Who Code program.

His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:21

Among the many, many Democrats who will seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020, most probably agree on a handful of core issues: protecting DACA, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, unraveling President Trump's tax breaks for the wealthy.

How to Find a Woman Scientist

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:30

A new database is fighting the poor visibility of women in STEM by offering female professionals as speakers, panelists, experts, course leaders, and advocates for diversity and equity.

A Maker Space Where Art and Technology Merge

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:06

Yale University's Center for Collaborative Arts & Media is outfitted with a motion capture system, an interactive projection system, and an integrated platform for working in virtual reality and augmented reality.

Welcome to the Post-Text Future

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:59

I'll make this short: The thing you're doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.

Let’s Not Forget the ‘science’ in ‘computer Science’

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:14

There is a growing trend recently to treat very difficult problems in computer science as purely engineering problems where solutions are just approximated using data-driven approaches. This is a harmful trend, and we should be reminded that computer science is, after all, a science and some balance shuld be maintained.

New Data Reconfirms Well-Known Gender Problem in Tech

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:12

A recent analysis of the "tech talent migration" found that financial raises gained by technology workers when they move greatly favor men.

App Translates Lectures Into Text

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:04

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed Lecture Buddy, a smartphone application that translates lectures into text using a continuous speech recognition program.

Go-Getter Undergrad Lands Second-Author Credential For Journal Article

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:03

Elizabeth Sangalang, a graduating senior studying biochemistry at California State University East Bay, has landed a second-author credential through research she completed as a summer intern at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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