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Report: Digital Divide Remains Challenging for Countries to Bridge

Countries need to invest in an infrastructure and innovation to get the benefit of information and communications technologies. But a digital divide remains between those who do and do not have the right ecosystems in place--including sector-scale plans for digitization of various industries, capabilities to support those plans (including an understanding of social impact), and ways to monitor what actually gets done...

April 10, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina

Blockheads No More: New Technology Creates the See-Through Brain

Karl Deisseroth is a pioneer in optogenetics, the technology that has taken neuroscience by storm by enabling the use of optical and genetic methods to precisely control the switching on and off of individual neurons and brain circuits.Deisseroth and his team at Stanford have now come up with an entirely new method to explore the brain that U.S...

STAFFApril 10, 2013 — Gary Stix

The Pros and Cons of Putting Happy Faces on Molecules

I have a terrible habit of putting faces on just about everything I draw, whether it be atoms, bacteria, or personified evolution. I’ve often wondered if this does a disservice to my science art subjects, but I continue to do it because I feel like a well-placed friendly face can make people so much more comfortable with the subject matter.My target audience is usually science-phobes, people who see words like molecule and run for the hills...

April 10, 2013 — Katie McKissick

More Belt-Tightening in Store for NASA as STEM Education Programs Face Consolidation

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has just released President Obama’s budget request for 2014. It will take some time for the budget’s full impacts on science to be dissected and debated, but here is a quick look at how one closely watched agency—NASA—fared.The president’s budget, which is subject to Congressional negotiation and approval, would provide $17.7 billion for NASA, down a bit from the previous year...

April 10, 2013 — John Matson

Adventures on the Alimentary Canal with Mary Roach

Mary Roach is one of my fave science authors because she looks at everything in a quirky and unique way. No subject is too daunting at all it seems, though in an interview I conducted back in 2009, I relayed a question from science author Carl Zimmer: "Is there any topic that cannot be made funny?" Mary answered, "yes" and listed a few topics: ones that are highly theoretical, geology, molecular biology and possibly the weather...

April 10, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

The Animals Hiding in a T. Rex's Roar

Instead of producing the terror you may suspect, cinema's most famous roar would probably just confuse a lot of animals. If you made it to the recently re-released 3D edition of Jurassic Park, you're going to hear a dreadful sound that terrified audiences two decades ago...

April 10, 2013 — Kyle Hill

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