University of Central Florida researchers have developed a radical new supercapacitor design that could one day replace lithium-ion batteries, allowing users to charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and with a charge that lasts a week, according to the researchers. The new battery would be flexible and a fraction of the size of a lithium-ion battery.
People are already using them to deliver fast food to hungry teens in Virginia, improve the productivity of Midwestern farms, and even protect rhinos and elephants in Africa from poachers. In the next year, almost 2.3 million of the unmanned aircraft will be sold, according to market analysis firm Skylogic Research.
STEM, STEAM, STE2M. Anyway you spell it out, the focus in science education has shifted from individual disciplines to focus on the practices and behaviors of scientists and engineers and how they perform their craft.
Using a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, MSU scholars plan to help teachers across the nation introduce science from the start of school. The key is to mix the subject matter with literacy standards focused on developing oral language - how students talk about the world.
Thankfully, there are a number of STEM related endeavours that put a playful twist on educating the increasingly curious makers around the world today.
Coming soon are a greater number of more capable anti-missile interceptors and radars deployed around the globe - on land, at sea and possibly in space, say these legislators and experts, several of whom have consulted with President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers. More government money will be directed at protecting U.S. satellites from attack.
Most educators still rely on tradition and rules of thumb, rather than use evidenced-based tools and methods to advance student achievement. And most administrators still make decisions, often inaccurately, based on assumptions and intuition, rather than use detailed metrics and analytics to manage schools efficiently and fairly.
This is a special time for technology. Five of the world’s seven most valuable companies are U.S. tech firms. But the core innovations underlying Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. are decades old.
Although women comprise a small fraction of tech professionals -- just one in four, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology -- several nonprofits and startups are working to jumpstart women's participation in computer science.