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Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:49

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

The Big Missed Opportunity With Big Data

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:46

A seemingly endless trove of data is available from increasingly connected consumers, but most companies continued to operate as if it was business as usual. Professor Raj Venkatesan wants to know why.

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and animal brains.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:36

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif.

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:00

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:53

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial bots that are about a third cheaper than foreign brands and are being used to automate assembly lines across the Pearl River Delta manufacturing hub.

New Colorado Law Calls For State Standard In Computer Science Education

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:49

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill aimed at boosting computer science education in Colorado's public schools. The goal is to prepare Colorado students for jobs in technology, the fastest growing employment sector in the economy.

UCI Aims to Become First University to Launch Rocket Into Space

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:04

A $1 million gift from a nonprofit STEM workforce development firm will establish a rocketry program at the University of California, Irvine with the intent of making it the first academic institution to launch a liquid-fuel rocket into space.

Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:09

Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets.

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:15

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why student evaluations are likely biased

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:11

Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers without bias?

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:40

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the same thing.

How to Build Your Own Moonshot Lab, According to Astro Teller

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:14

From balloon-based Internet to self-driving cars, Astro Teller and his team have produced some of the world's most ambitious technology products.

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:31

Huskey was a pioneering computer scientist who worked on early computing systems, and later helped universities around the world establish computer centers and computer science programs.

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:39

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:07

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

From Coal to Code

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:09

Coal miners find new lives as programmers.

Millennials Aren't Job-Hopping Any Faster Than Generation X Did

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:51

Millennial workers, those ages 18 to 35, are just as likely to stick with their employers as their older counterparts in Generation X were when they were young adults, according to recently released U.S. Department of Labor data.