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I'm Marching to Fight the Alarming War on Science. Join Me

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:46

Two new public marches and demonstrations focused on science and climate change have been scheduled for April. I plan to be at both.

Amazon Deepens University Ties in Artificial Intelligence Race 

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:55 Inc has launched a new program to help students build capabilities into its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, the company told Reuters, the latest move by a technology firm to nurture ideas and talent in artificial intelligence research.

NSA Risks Talent Exodus Amid Morale Slump, Trump Fears

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 18:49

The National Security Agency risks a brain-drain of hackers and cyber spies due to a tumultuous reorganization and worries about the acrimonious relationship between the intelligence community and President Donald Trump, according to current and former NSA officials and cybersecurity industry sources.

NSF Grant Supports 'Research Experiences for Undergraduates' Program

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:15

Florida Atlantic University has received a $339,984 National Science Foundation grant to host a summer research program designed to encourage undergraduates students to pursuit of graduate study in STEM disciplines.

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:26

Two new laws signed by President Donald Trump will let NASA and the National Science Foundation push for women and girls to get into STEM fields.

Making the Field of Computing More Inclusive

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

More accessible conferences, digital resources, and ACM SIGs will lead to greater participation by more people with disabilities.

The Slow Evolution of CS for All, The Beauty of Programs

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

Mark Guzdial considers the steps needed to reach the goal of CS for All, while Robin K. Hill ponders the aesthetics of programming.

National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:00

The Pennsylvania State University Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will support interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs.

Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a new report.

Dame Wendy Hall Appointed Regius Professor in Computer Science

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:29

The University of Southampton has announced the appointment of Professor Dame Wendy Hall, a former president of the Association for Computing Machinery, to the prestigious Chair of Regius Professor in Computer Science.

Most Scientists 'Can't Replicate Studies by Their Peers'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:58

Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests. 

Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:25

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren't pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:18

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap In a Decade

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:32

We all know that the technology industry has a gender problem. But how do you move the needle from awareness to action? Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Girls Who Code have an idea: take the fight to the states.

No, Robots Aren't Killing the American Dream

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:59

Defenders of globalization are on solid ground when they criticize President Trump's threats of punitive tariffs and border walls.

Grace Hopper's Compiler: Computing's Hidden Hero

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:20

One, zero, zero, one, zero, one. Zero, one, one…

The Former Secretary of Defense Outlines the Future of Warfare

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:22

To an engineer in Silicon Valley, the Defense Department can look a little old, a little slow, and a little fat.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:58

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral trend.