Science & Technology
Digitalization and the American workforce
In recent decades, the diffusion of digital technology into nearly every business and workplace, also known as “digitalization,” has been remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. The “digitalization of everything” has at once increased the potential of individuals, firms, and society while also contributing to a series of troublesome impacts and inequalities, such as worker pay disparities across many demographics, and the divergence of metropolitan economic outcomes.
The Consumer Technology Association Inducts 12 Visionaries into the 2017 CT Hall of Fame
With the 2017 class, the CT Hall of Fame grows to 246 inventors, engineers, retailers, journalists and entrepreneurs who conceived, promoted and/or wrote about the innovative technologies, products and services that connect and improve the lives of consumers around the world.
Astronomers relieved as U.S. funding agency moves to keep Arecibo telescope operating
The 54-year-old observatory, with a fixed dish built into a depression in the karst hills of western Puerto Rico, is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world—at least until a larger rival in China becomes fully operational. It is used for a range of sciences, including radio astronomy in deep space and radar studies of planets, asteroids and Earth’s atmosphere.
NSF makes new awards to advance Science of Learning
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $8.2 million through its Science of Learning program to fund 24 new projects that will advance theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge of learning principles, processes, environments and constraints.
Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Delivering Refrigerators
If you live in Southern California and you’ve ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck. Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California.
AI Can Help Apple Watch Predict High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea
The world’s most valuable company crammed a lot into the tablespoon-sized volume of an Apple Watch. There’s GPS, a heart-rate sensor, cellular connectivity, and computing resources that not long ago would have filled a desk-dwelling beige box. The wonder gadget doesn’t have a sphygmomanometer for measuring blood pressure or polysomnographic equipment found in a sleep lab—but thanks to machine learning, it might be able to help with their work.
China builds world's fastest wind tunnel to test weapons that could strike US within 14 minutes
China is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometres per second. A hypersonic vehicle flying at this speed from China could reach the west coast of the United States in less than 14 minutes.
8 cities where tech talent is outpacing job growth
Amazon is making headlines as it searches for a new city to call home for its second headquarters. And the obvious cities have been tossed around, such as Boston or San Francisco. But these popular tech cities come with more competition when it comes to scoring local talent - something to consider if your business is looking to expand or is suffering from an IT skills shortage.
Digital Infrastructure Should Be a Part of Any New U.S. Project, Experts Say
New and refurbished infrastructure -- whether it’s a road, a bridge, a rail line -- should be developed with a vision for the future, one that includes multiple layers of smart cities technologies, say public and industry experts. “If you’re going to rebuild the street, put the right sensors in it so we can make better decisions later.
Loss of U.S. Supercomputing Edge to China 'Worrying'
A recent list showing the United States losing out to China on the ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers has one former national security scientist concerned. “It is almost like a canary in the mine type of situation,” said Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park at Purdue University. “China has been very aggressive on this end of high performance computing.” And that is “worrying,” he added.