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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 13:02

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned.

Rumours Swirl About Trump's Science Adviser Pick

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:39

US President Donald Trump has met with two rumoured front-runners for the role of White House science adviser.

How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 14:33

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:47

Lance Cpl. Steven West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet visor, until a shock of static feedback knocks him to the dirty floor.

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:00

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh.

Prisoner Programmers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:58

One organization hopes teaching inmates to code can help keep them out of prison.

Report: Five Actions States Can Take to Bridge the Computer Science Ed Gap

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:30

A new report details five actions U.S. states can take to bridge the computer science education gap and prepare young people for a future engaged in computers and information technology.

Talking to Children About STEM Fields Boosts Test Scores and Career Interest

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:55

A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:30

A former world champion of correspondence chess who later helped develop game-playing computers, Hans Berliner died on Friday in Riviera Beach, FL, at the age of 87.

Teaching Computers to Recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have harnessed machine-learning techniques to classify proteins found in healthy and unhealthy gut microbiomes.

New Technology Enables 5-Dimensional Imaging in Live Animals and Humans

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:00

University of Southern California researchers have developed an image-analysis technique that makes finding important biological molecules and learning how they interact in living organisms faster and less expensive.

What Happened to Women in Computer Science?

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:43

The number of women receiving degrees in the male-dominated computer science area has declined and the gender gap is widening, says Lana Verschage, director of Women in Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 14:47

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological change.

5 State Policies to Sustain Computer Science Education

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:00

The Southern Regional Education Board recently convened a group of U.S. state legislators and secondary and postsecondary education leaders to develop policies and actions that positively support computer science education.

How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment by 2021

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:00

Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, aims to reach an equal male/female balance in computer science enrollment by 2021.

Georgia Tech Launches Second Low-Cost Online Master's Degree Program

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:51

Three years after its low-cost MOOC-inspired master’s degree program in computer science launched, the institute announces a new program in analytics priced at less than $10,000.

Poker Play Begins in 'Brains vs. AI: Upping the Ante'

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:25

Play began Jan. 11 for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus against four of the world's best professional poker players.

Stepping Stones in an Ocean of Data

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:59

An interview with science writer, entrepreneur, and National Public Radio’s “Math Guy,” Keith Devlin.

Quantum Computing Is Real, and D-Wave Just Open-Sourced It

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:02

Quantum computing is real. But it's also hard.

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:24

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences with near human-like accuracy.

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