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Apollo Moon Landing Marked a 'Giant Leap' for Mankind - and Education. Moonshot for Kids Could Launch the Next Leap Forward

July 17, 2019

In terms of education, that Sputnik-induced panic led President Dwight Eisenhower and congressional leaders to join forces to pass the National Defense Education Act ... The act actually had multiple origins -- a shortage of mathematicians, mounting interest in high school education, the need for more Americans to learn foreign languages -- and included multiple provisions, most of them postsecondary. But it put down a big marker for STEM education as well as supplying a major boost to R&D across the board, education included.

Republican House member introduces bill to boost U.S. 5G presence

July 17, 2019

The bill, from U.S. Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, presses the secretary of state to boost the "representation and leadership" of the United States at international telecommunication organizations that create standards for the 5G cellular network. That will be necessary to combat attempts by China to gain influence in those groups, the legislation says.

Relive the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Mission in Real Time!

July 17, 2019

Fifty years ago, humans from Earth first walked on the moon and you can relive NASA's historic Apollo 11 mission as it happened with two amazing livestreams this month courtesy of ApolloinRealTime.org's Ben Feist and Space.com partner Simulation Curriculum, creator of the night sky software Starry Night and SkySafari 6.

8 Places You Can Visit to Celebrate Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary This Week

July 17, 2019

As the country prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, a number of destinations with links to the historic journey are holding events to commemorate the occasion. From the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. to Kennedy Space Center in Houston, plenty of sites are offering the chance to celebrate Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon, 50 years ago as of July 20.

Is Moore's Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree

July 16, 2019

At Semicon West 2019, a panel of industry experts kicked off a debate on whether Moore’s Law -- the great prediction given to us by Gordon Moore, which declared that the number of components per integrated circuit would regularly double over a predictable period of time (originally 12 months, later expanded to 24 months) -- was still alive. Over the last decade, discussions of whether Moore’s Law was sustainable in the long term or had already died and been replaced by other methods of scaling have become more common.

U.S. Still Leads World in 5G Innovation, Panelists Say

July 16, 2019

Despite a lot of press in recent months about threats that China-based communications equipment maker Huawei may pose to the developing global 5G communications ecosystem because of the company’s close ties to the Chinese government, the U.S. is continuing to lead the world in 5G technology innovation, panelists at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event said on July 10.

The top 10 states winning the talent war in 2019

July 15, 2019

Do you feel wanted? If you work for a living, you should. Skilled workers are in short supply across the country, thanks to a historically low unemployment rate of 3.7% and a strong economy. As a result, companies are locating and expanding in the states with the best workforces. Attracting and keeping talent is the biggest battle in the war between the states for business.

Mark Kelly says he thinks first person to walk on Mars is alive today

July 15, 2019

“It might be some kid in high school. It could be even somebody older than that. We don’t know. It’s a challenging proposition to send people to Mars and then safely get them back,” Kelly said. “I think it’s something we should be doing as a country. I think when we do these very aspirational things that are very difficult with people, we get tremendous amounts back as a country.”

Majority of voters don't think it's necessary to break up big tech

July 15, 2019

A majority of voters say it is unnecessary for the government to move to break up big tech, a stance that differs from that of some top 2020 presidential contenders. According to a new public opinion survey conducted by RealClear Opinion Research, 55 percent of respondents said it is unnecessary for the government to break up technology giant Amazon.

Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should investigate if Chinese intelligence infiltrated Google

July 15, 2019

Thiel, who supported Trump in 2016 and Facebook board member, made the comments during a speech at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington. He said the FBI and CIA needed to ask Google three questions to determine if the tech giant had been compromised by Chinese intelligence...

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