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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks
From ACM TechNews

UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks

The University of California, Berkeley is collaborating with several major technology companies in forming the 5G Innovators Initiative, which is focused on bringing...

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
From ACM Opinion

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade
From ACM TechNews

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards...

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
From ACM News

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017
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STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries...

Travel Transformation
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Travel Transformation

Researchers are using high-performance computing tools to analyze data collected from connected-vehicle testing.

Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up to Improve Particle Simulations for Aerospace, More
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Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up to Improve Particle Simulations for Aerospace, More

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are using a $3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to use advanced supercomputing to improve particle...

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
From ACM News

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists
From ACM News

NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Seventeen computer scientists were among the 84 new members and 22 new foreign members recently announced by The National Academy of Engineering. 

Being Black in Tech Can Cost You $10K a Year
From ACM TechNews

Being Black in Tech Can Cost You $10K a Year

African-American technology workers receive an average $10,000 less annually than whites in New York and San Francisco, according to a survey from the Hired online...

Stanford's Women in Data Science Conference Reaches Worldwide Audience
From ACM TechNews

Stanford's Women in Data Science Conference Reaches Worldwide Audience

The second annual Women in Data Science conference, held last week at Stanford University in California by the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering...

Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security
From ACM TechNews

Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security

Researchers will investigate how networked drones, smart wristbands, and body-mounted video cameras could enhance concert security.

Stanford Research Shows That Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Research Shows That Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll

Researchers have investigated whether Internet trolls are innately sociopathic or combative individuals, or if situational factors can influence ordinary people...

Turbocharging Science
From ACM TechNews

Turbocharging Science

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has commenced operations of the new Cheyenne supercomputer, one of the world's most powerful and energy-efficient systems...

SU Professors Receive Air Force Grant to Research Complex Datasets
From ACM TechNews

SU Professors Receive Air Force Grant to Research Complex Datasets

Syracuse University researchers have received a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to build a distributed graphics processing unit-accelerated...

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies
From ACM Careers

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to...

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'
From ACM TechNews

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'

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

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

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

The U.S. National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has published a report quantifying the underrepresentation of women...

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

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

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...
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