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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:42

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next victim.

Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Is a Threat to American Leadership

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:11

New immigration policies, coupled with xenophobic rhetoric and actions both before and after the election, are undoing the compact between the United States and those seeking opportunity from around the world. 

Program Trains Returning Vets for Engineering Jobs

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:31

The Vets to Tech program creates a workforce pipeline by giving veteran students skills training, paid internships, and a gateway to future employment.

John Maeda: If You Want to Survive in Design, You Better Learn to Code

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:31

Silicon Valley finally understands the essential role of design.

Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

St. Mary's College researchers trained a quantum computer to recognize trees, a breakthrough they say could help scientists use other quantum systems for complicated machine-learning problems such as pattern recognition and computer vision.

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and the workplace in terms of participation in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Want to Make It as a Biologist? Better Learn to Code

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:33

Graduate programs realize that computer scientists aren't the only ones who need computational skills, and they're correcting the issue — slowly. 

Car Wars

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:03

The stakes are impossibly high. Self-driving cars are arguably the great technological promise of the 21st century.

CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

This Entrepreneur Dares You to Hack His Gadgets

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:28

Serial entrepreneur Andrew "Bunnie" Huang believes that consumer product companies should make their hardware designs publicly available so that anyone can study and modify them.

$50M Endowment Establishes the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:59

A $50 million endowment will elevate Computer Science & Engineering from a department to a school named for Paul G. Allen at the University of Washington.

Q&A with Ghanaian Science Luminary Promoting Math in the Developing World

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:03

Alumnus Professor Francis Allotey has worked tirelessly to promote math, physics, and computer science in Ghana and Africa more widely. Now he is working with Imperial College London to create a network of math researchers in developing countries.

Africa Needs More Women Computer Scientists: How To Make It Happen

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:46

Computer science is an especially male-dominated university course all over the world. I have some ideas about how to throw open more doors for women computer scientists. 

STEM Day at the Lab Gives Underserved Students a Taste of Science

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:02

The recent STEM Day at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was designed to encourage students underserved or disadvantaged communities to explore careers in science.

Forget Welding. The Hottest New Vocational Schools Do Digital Design

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:23

"Ten years ago no one even knew what user experience design was," says John Paul Rowan, vice president at the Savannah College of Art and Design. No longer. Like coding, UX design has become integral at any company with a digital component. 

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.