Science & Technology

In Defense of Robots

April 25, 2017

There was a time in America, not too long ago, when most people, including journalists, business leaders, politicians, and scholars, were full-throated advocates of technologically powered productivity growth. They understood that through mechanization, automation, and other forms of innovation, we can produce more, better, and cheaper goods and services, and have higher incomes.

Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

April 24, 2017

Humanity has been shooting things into space for a few decades now, and we’ve gotten pretty good at it. What we haven’t gotten so good at is bringing things back down. Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris.

Slashing H-1B visas won't stop offshoring abuse

April 21, 2017

The H-1B visa was designed to attract the world’s best talent – people with rare skills needed to help the U.S. economy. But critics on the right and the left have long complained the program is abused by global outsourcing firms. Those critics are right, but to fix the problem, we have to look a bit deeper.

US tech industry calls for improving H1B system

April 19, 2017

A top American IT industry advocacy group today (4/18) called for improving upon the existing H-1B visa system, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals, saying it makes US companies competitive and drives innovation in the country.

Here are the US states - and the companies - that use the most H-1B visas

April 19, 2017

On the campaign trail, Trump often railed against the H-1B visa, a nonimmigrant visa that lets U.S. companies employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The H-1B has been a favorite of the tech industry, and tech leaders are anxious to keep it. But a recent research paper estimated the use of the visa had suppressed overall tech industry wages by up to 5.1 percent.

Trump to seek changes in H-1B visa program to encourage hiring Americans

April 18, 2017

The order he will sign on Tuesday will call for "the strict enforcement of all laws governing entry into the United States of labor from abroad for the stated purpose of creating higher wages and higher employment rates for workers in the United States," one of the senior officials said. It will call on the departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to take action to crack down on what the official called "fraud and abuse" in the U.S. immigration system to protect American workers.

What Does a Black Hole Really Look Like?

April 17, 2017

Last week, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) may have captured the first ever images of the edge of a black hole. As eager astronomers await the arrival of the pictures (which sadly will take a few months, as the hard drives containing them are stuck in Antarctica until the harsh winter gives way to safer flying conditions), the rest of us are left to wonder: what, exactly, should we expect to see? What does a black hole look like, really?

Tech treasure in your attic? Here's a quick guide

April 16, 2017

You might want to take another look at that computer gathering dust in your attic. Auction house Bonhams has curated a list of ten “antique” technology gadgets, “whose value often goes unnoticed by owners,” according to home services app Handy, which commissioned the initiative as a guide for Americans to spot valuable pieces of technology squirreled away in their homes.

NASA: Saturn's moon, Enceladus, could support life

April 13, 2017

The findings are the results of 12 years of investigation by the Cassini spacecraft and were released in a paper from researchers with the Cassini mission, published in the journal "Science." "It could be a potential source for energy from any microbes," Spilker noted. "We now know that Enceladus has almost all of the ingredients you would need for life here on Earth."

Why VR Is Failing

April 12, 2017

The gap between where expectations have been set for VR, thanks to the movies, and where the technology currently is appears to be massive. This means one of two things needs to be done: The technology either has to advance massively, or expectations have to be reset. These two things aren't mutually exclusive.

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