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For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism
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For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism

Scholars said they would not hold classes or lectures on Wednesday, and leading journals and scientific associations said they would not announce most breakthroughs...

Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay
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Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay

The economic forces are too powerful for virtual instruction to go away after the pandemic. The important question is who will benefit financially, a Cornell economist...

Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?
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Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?

The rise of proctoring software to deter cheating alarms privacy advocates. Some students and professors find it invasive, too.

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
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Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics
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Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics

Hillel Furstenberg of Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yale University's Gregory Margulis share this year's Abel Prize in mathematics for trailblazing...

A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too
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A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too

Portland, ME, has unveiled a technology research institute which local officials hope will drive the local economy.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

Twenty-one leading U.S. universities have formed a group that aims to promote programs to teach students how to handle the consequences of technology.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class
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The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class

Computer science is so sought-after on certain college campuses that some students say they have to compete just to get into popular courses.

Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.
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Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.

The founder and chief executive of Code.org, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a "foundational skill," one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians...

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement...

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon
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This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City....

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI
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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B
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MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a plan to establish a new artificial intelligence college.

Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign
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Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign

A public service as campaign called "She Can STEM" aims to encourage girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

A Generation Grows ­p in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
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A Generation Grows ­p in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...
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