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These Are the 5 Best Cities for Women in Tech

March 30, 2017

For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., came out on top -- proving to have one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the country. The capitol city also has a relatively large percentage of female employees in tech, at about 41%. Though the study didn't delve into the reasons that D.C. and the other top cities scored so well on these four metrics, "it really shows there's something happening there," AJ Smith, vice president of content at Smart Asset, tells Fortune.

Robots Have Been Taking American Jobs

March 30, 2017

Although Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week he's "not at all" worried about mass unemployment as the U.S. becomes more technologically advanced, a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates hundreds of thousands of jobs have been sidelined by automation in the U.S. in recent decades.

Scientists see evidence of an ancient tsunami on Mars

March 30, 2017

Scientists studying the complex topography of a region of Mars known as Arabia Terra think they have identified the source of a tsunami that may have crashed into its shore billions of years ago, at a time when many think Mars had ocean covering much of its northern hemisphere.

Why AI should augment, not replace, humans

March 29, 2017

Columnist Rob Enderle writes that your workforce may not yet be ready for artificial intelligence. First comes trust, education and training.

Maybe we should build a wall to keep our talented people in

March 28, 2017

It’s no secret that Cisco Systems, Samsung and SAP have recently established a presence north of the border, but now it appears that Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook are all also considering their options. If this tire-kicking becomes a trend, it will compromise America’s ability to remain a global leader in technology.

China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program

March 28, 2017

China's breakneck economic expansion may be flagging, but the country's ambitions in space show no signs of slowing down. Alongside ongoing efforts to rival NASA by placing robotic landers, and eventually astronauts, on the moon and Mars, China's government is increasingly looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival U.S. companies like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX, which is targeting March 30 for the latest launch of its Falcon 9 rocket..

Robots, artificial intelligence boom may cost US, UK at least 1/3 of their jobs: Study

March 26, 2017

The research, by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, found 30 percent of UK jobs could face automation compared to 38 percent in the United States, 35 percent in Germany, and 21 percent in Japan. Researchers, however, said this wouldn't necessarily lead to less employment as jobs may change rather than disappear.

Why Apple dropped iPad's price to lowest yet

March 23, 2017

The $70 price drop makes the entry-level iPad more competitive, particularly among schools that can now snag the tablet for under $300 at educational pricing. Businesses that are motivated by price and don’t require more advanced features in the iPad Pro will also be giving the iPad another look as a result of these changes, according to Avi Greengart, research director at GlobalData.

Keep bringing in tech workers from India, Senator Tillis urges

March 23, 2017

The Huntersville Republican made the remarks last week to Indian-Americans attending a Washington event organized by the US-India Friendship Council and US-India Business Council, according to reports by Indian news outlets that were confirmed by Tillis’ office. Tillis said he wanted Americans to have the first opportunity to get high-skilled jobs but that there aren’t enough to meet demand.

NASA has upbeat message: Takeways from Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

March 22, 2017

While overall science funding was slashed substantially in the outline of President Trump's budget sent to Congress, the scientists gathered in The Woodlands for the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference received an upbeat message from NASA officials in a briefing Monday evening. "The budget is incredibly good," said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters. "NASA fared incredibly well."

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