Niobium -- named for a Greek goddess who became a symbol of the tragic mourning mother -- is used to produce stronger, lighter steel for industrial pipes and aircraft parts. It is mined in only three places on Earth, and the price of every kilogram is seven times higher than copper. China Molybdenum Co.
In nearly every category, female students outperformed male students on a national technology and engineering test - the first of its kind administered under the purview of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Overall, female students outscored their male counterparts by 3 points.
NASA has funded eight advanced-technology concepts that agency officials believe could help transform space science and exploration.
Protection of trade secrets in the U.S. semiconductor industry and across many other sectors is about to get stronger, thanks to the Defend Trade Secrets Act, bipartisan legislation recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.
Although technology-in-education advocates are quickly tearing down the boundaries between the computer lab and the classroom, a study examining the influence of laptops and tablets on collegiate performance indicates that, as with Dr. Frankenstein's monster, innovation can come back to harm the innovator.
The 2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index recorded a slight rise in hiring, education and general interest in technology and engineering over last year, while math education and general interest in science declined. The biggest growth occurred at the graduate level, but despite years of investment in attracting more American students to STEM, that expansion was not homegrown.
For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat. Today, we’re at an inflection point and that predictable path to progress will soon be closed off.
The future of transportation is arriving fast -- in particular, at 0 to 400 miles per hour in mere seconds. The minds behind Hyperloop One were able to successfully demonstrate its core technology, although it's not exactly a giant leap closer to traveling between cities at a rate faster than an airplane.
Inventors and investors demand a system that affords predictable and durable intellectual property rights in a timely manner. If the system that we implement for granting patent rights does not meet those criteria, inventors will not make use of the system, the public store of knowledge will suffer, and investment in innovative and entrepreneurial domestic enterprises will diminish.
Women in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. Personally, I would add sales, technology sales, and a career that provided support, unlimited earning potential and flexibility in my own life.