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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
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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.

Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room
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Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

A growing number of hospitals and medical centers are embracing virtual reality technology to provide better,  faster training for resident doctors and surgeons...

Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline
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Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline

Researchers suggest educational institutions should establish an engineering discipline for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences
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Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences

The University of Colorado is relying on robots to help students maintain a presence in class, even when they cannot physically be there.

GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks
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GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks

The U.K. Government Communications Headquarters has created a competition for 12- to 13-year-old girls aimed at drawing more women into cybersecurity.

University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain
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University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain

East Coast Polytechnic Institute University graduates can now receive and digitally store degrees with blockchain technology, which delivers secure, immediate verification...

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google
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Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition
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Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition

A team of students from the University of Cape Town in South Africa took first place in the Student Cluster Competition.

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why
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Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years. ...

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....

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical
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STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical

Some programmers are doubtful that toys promising to imbue young minds with science, technology, engineering, and math skills can deliver on that promise.

The Yoda of Silicon Valley
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The Yoda of Silicon Valley

Donald Knuth, recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1974, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, "The Art of Computer Programming."

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...
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