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The new vocational training

Professional certification programs are one way to gain entry into new employment sectors with credentials agreed upon by the industry itself. The Department of Labor has a new comprehensive employment website: Job Center USA ( in the BETA phase.


Can STEM Really Succeed?

In 2006, the U.S. National Academies expressed  concern about the declining state of education in the United States in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It recommended improving K–12 science and mathematics education, providing additional training for teachers in these areas, and increasing the number of students entering college for STEM-related degrees. [...]


Bribr: A new Russian anti-corruption app

The Bribr app allows regular people to safely document the bribes negatively affecting their everyday lives while illustrating Russia’s corruption problems to an international audience.


Lost in space? Cuts to NASA threaten innovation, diplomacy

Cuts to NASA threaten innovation and diplomacy, writes Princeton University’s Janet Vertesi.


Is Congress putting online freedom at risk? How SOPA would change the Internet

Two prominent lawmakers are now backing away from a sweeping law that critics say would restrict the free flow of information on the Internet.


From Watson to Siri: As machines replace humans, are they creating inequality too?

Artificially intelligent machines might soon be indistinguishable from human workers. Such advances may be improving our way of life, but could they be creating inequality in our economy?


Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried about climate change

The noted author and inventor predicts that in 20 years, we’ll be meeting all our energy needs with solar power.


Climate scientists prepare for new attacks after GOP wins

Climate scientists are preparing for new attacks from Republicans. But they don’t all agree on the right approach.


Photo: One giant leap for robots

Robonaut 2 will be tweeting about his adventures aboard the International Space Station.

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