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Why Hire Engineers With Disabilities? They're Practiced Problem Solvers

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 13:32

After graduating, mechanical engineer Kurt Driscoll endured more than 100 interviews over 10 months before he was finally hired.

A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys for Disabled Children

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:00

A University of North Florida program is now in its third year of adapting toys from store shelves for disabled children.

The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 16:40

The first job that Sherry Johnson, 56, lost to automation was at the local newspaper in Marietta, Ga., where she fed paper into the printing machines and laid out pages. 

Rice, Baylor Team Sets New Mark for 'Deep Learning'

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 12:00

A new deep learning method developed by researchers at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine enables computers to learn about the visual world with less human instruction.

The White House's Fix for Robots Stealing Jobs? Education

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 18:34

A new report from the White House warns that millions of jobs could be automated out of existence in coming years. But it cautions against one much discussed solution: giving away free money.

Building Jarvis

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 18:02

My personal challenge for 2016 was to build a simple AI to run my home—like Jarvis in Iron Man.

Students: Colleges Are Tracking You Online. It Can Help You Graduate

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:54

Companies use lots and lots of data, including your daily Web surfing, to help them sell you stuff.

Report Urges States to Take Action on Computer Science Education

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 12:00

The Southern Regional Education Board has published a report recommending actions states and schools can take to help more young people learn computer science.

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X, on the Future of AI, Robots, and Coffeemakers

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:45

Astro Teller has an unusual way of starting a new project: He tries to kill it.

Online Education Pioneer Boots Up a Jobs Program for the Tech Industry

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:39

Sebastian Thrun smiles a little awkwardly as he explains why he no longer believes in the educational revolution he sold to the world just a few years ago.

Growing a Network of Role Models

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 09:40

MIT senior Marlyse Reeves is building a supportive community of women in aerospace engineering.

Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump 

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 14:07

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

Internet Use In Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:16

Surfing the Internet in class is linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students, researchers say.

STEM Enrichment Activities Have No Impact on Exam Results

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:48

Enrichment activities to encourage pupils to study science and technology subjects have made no difference to their performance in mathematics exams, new research shows.

ACM CEO Questions Ethical Computing Future

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:00

ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel last week considered the ethical ramifications of computer science's evolution as it pertains to society at a colloquium of students and professors.

A Blueprint for Getting More Women Into Information Technology

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:00

The rise in qualified U.S. information technology graduates is far from fast enough to keep up with industry demands for IT skills.

Musical Table Teaches Basics of Computer Programming

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 11:16

TuneTable, an interactive tabletop tangible programming application designed to teach basic computer coding through music, will be installed in various museums in 2017.

Computer-Based Biology Uncovers Secrets to Rice Growth

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:00

University of Indiana researchers are using a mix of experimental and computational work to study rice genetics, with the goal of addressing global issues in hunger and malnutrition.

Donald Trump's Pick for Labor Secretary Has Said Machines Are Cheaper, Easier to Manage than Humans

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 17:22

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder, who President-elect Donald Trump is expected to tap as labor secretary, has advocated replacing some human workers with machines as a way for businesses to reduce costs associated with rising wages and health-care expenses.

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 17:05

One of science's most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals.