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How Trump's Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:56

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday issuing a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, it went into effect immediately. 

Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:06

At Georgia State's nursing school, the faculty used to believe that students who got a poor grade in "Conceptual Foundations of Nursing" probably wouldn't go on to graduation.

UM Researchers Awarded for Using Big Data in Medical Studies

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:00

The University of Michigan is receiving $3 million in funding from the Michigan Institute for Data Sciences to support three projects that will address issues in health and genetics using big data techniques.

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NSCTA) recently held the first hackathon at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.

U.S. Reports on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:02

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has released the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report, the U.S. government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these groups in science and engineering education and employment.

NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:59

The U.S. National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has published a report quantifying the underrepresentation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering.

Tech Companies Fight Trump Immigration Order in Court

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:04

Technology executives have for days assailed President Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, framing their arguments largely in moral terms.

Quantum Computing Paranoia Creates a New Industry

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:16

Fear sells in the computer security business.

CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:00

The computer science program at Colorado State University is making a concentrated effort to attract female students and create a more diverse and welcoming environment within the department.

Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Berkeley recently launched the RISELab, which  aims to improve how machines make intelligent decisions based on real-time input.

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:28

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:41

President Donald Trump's broad executive order to restrict visas and refugees particularly from Muslim countries left tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft scrambling on Saturday to safeguard their employees and register their opposition with the White House.

Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:10

We should think twice before allowing autonomous AI systems to decide what research warrants publication.

Israeli Cybersecurity Industry Grows as Global Threats Multiply

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:38

Investments in Israe's cybersecurity industry jumped 9 percent in 2016, a year when the world suffered a successful cyberattack on a national power grid, a massive e-mail leak that may have altered U.S. elections, and an $81 million central bank heist, according to a new report from Start-Up Nation Central.

Stop Scapegoating, Start Educating

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 15:54

As we look ahead to the Trump presidency, instead of scapegoating, we need significant investments in a sustainable education strategy that prepares youths to effectively participate in the world of tomorrow.

Brief Interventions Help Online Learners Persist With Coursework, Stanford Research Finds

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 13:00

Assuring learners from less-developed countries they belong and affirming their core values can help them succeed in massive open online courses, according to a study led by Stanford University.

NASA's Real 'Hidden Figures'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:35

In the 1960s, Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn and others absorbed the accolades of being the first men in space.

Top 10 Hot Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:32

The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing.

These Are the 20 Fastest-Growing Skills in the Online Job Market

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:46

Next time you’re searching for a new job, look to Siri for inspiration.

Gender Diversity in STEM: 'Let's Change the World Together'

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 14:26

Universities across the U.S. have developed programs to attract women and under-represented minorities to STEM fields. Why aren't such efforts leading more STEM students to careers in research or academia?