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'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play
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'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father...

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...

Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among ­s, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think
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Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among ­s, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think

Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University's astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty....

­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit
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­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

Five leaders each offer $1 million to match legislative funding for computer science in a first-of-its-kind program.

“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”
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“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”

Letters between John W. Backus and Edsger W. Dijkstra, 1979.

Technologizing Agriculture
From Communications of the ACM

Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering
From Communications of the ACM

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering technologies are advancing at a furious rate, changing the world one cell at a time.

Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM
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Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM

A U.K-based campaign for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gender equity has called on the sector to break down negative stereotypes that put girls...

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent
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How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the...

Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille
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Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the U.K. to expand its Everyone Can Code curriculum to visually impaired students.

Facebook Funds New AI Ethics Institute at Technical ­niversity of Munich
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Facebook Funds New AI Ethics Institute at Technical ­niversity of Munich

Facebook has teamed with the Technical University of Munich to establish an Institute of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI), via a five-year, $7.5-million grant...

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.

Tactile Blocks Teach Blind Kids to Code
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Tactile Blocks Teach Blind Kids to Code

Microsoft is testing an educational programming kit for visually impaired children that uses differently-shaped blocks or "pods" that each embody a line of code...

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...

Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns
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Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns

Security concerns have prompted Oxford University in the U.K. to sever ties with Huawei.

A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.

A Star Is Born…With C Programming and Robots
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A Star Is Born…With C Programming and Robots

The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Robotics and Coding Academy aims to inspires children to pursue careers in science and technology...

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...

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It
From ACM TechNews

STEM Instruction: How Much There Is, Who Gets It

A survey found U.S. students and teachers continue to experience unequal access to science, technology, engineering, and math classes and resources.
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