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NSF Research Traineeship Program Supports Preparation of Future STEM Workforce 

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:53

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded 17 projects a total of $51 million to develop and implement potentially transformative models for graduate education in STEM fields.

Robots, Start Your Engines!

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:52

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

The College Course Where the Military Assigns the Homework

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:22

This spring, as part of their coursework, four Stanford University students found themselves in Coronado, California, doing pushups on the beach and charging into a 61-degree surf while overseen by Navy SEAL trainers.

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:02

An initiative by the American Library Association and Google looks to enhance school and public libraries with resources for STEM innovation.

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00

Programming jobs have spread across the U.S. and pooled in other metro areas outside of Silicon Valley, according to data from Glassdoor.

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:50

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.

China's Quest to Become a Space Science Superpower

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:49

Time seems to move faster at the National Space Science Center on the outskirts of Beijing.

Metrology Is Key to Reproducing Results

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:07

Imagine you are a policymaker who needs to know how much carbon is stored in the South American forest.

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:14

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafes, hyped restaurants and brick rowhouses being renovated by flippers.

Machines Poised to Take Over 30% of Work at Banks, McKinsey Says

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:09

New technologies are poised to sweep through investment banks, relieving many rank-and-file employees of roughly a third of their current workload, according to McKinsey & Co. The shift, already stoking angst on Wall Street, may take only a few years.

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:18

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State Council.

Technology is Transforming What Happens When a Child Goes to School

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:29

AI is letting machines learn about the pupils using them by studying the data produced in the process. And research drawing on psychology, cognitive science, and other disciplines is providing practical insight into the "science of learning."

Bringing a 'Trust but Verify' Model to Journal Peer Review

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:59

In a commentary published in the journal Science, Carole Lee and David Moher identify incentives that could encourage scientific journals to "open the black box of peer review" for the sake of improving transparency, reproducibility, and trust in published research.

The Iron Yard Academy Closure Surprises Tech Execs

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:23

The Iron Yard Academy, a coding school aiming to provide a fast track for employment in Research Triangle Park's growing tech sector, is closing up shop. 

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:07

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

How China Tames Dissent on the Internet

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:21

Chinese government leaders, subtle masters of propaganda, seem to have discovered a Sun Tzu formula for taming dissent on the Internet: The best strategy may not be to confront critics directly, but to lull or distract them with a tide of good news.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce worldwide.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Crazy Smart Summer: Girls Build Robots To Help People

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:53

While some middle schoolers spend their summers lounging poolside, others spend time building robots. At the Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program last week, 23 girls learned to program, wire, troubleshoot, and construct two robots.

NSA-Funded Virtual Cybersecurity Lab to Improve Cloud Networking Security

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:38

Mengjun Xie, a researcher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has garnered additional funding from the U.S. National Security Agency to develop a virtual cybersecurity lab for cloud environments.