Twitter has banned 235,000 extremist accounts in a bid to stem the social media influence of terrorist groups like so-called Islamic State.The company today confirmed the new suspensions, revealing that the total number of pro-terrorism accounts banned now totals 360,000, up from the 125,000 reported in the middle of 2015.Speaking about the additional bans since last year, Twitter wrote: Since last year s announcement, the world has witnessed a further wave of deadly, abhorrent terror attacks across the globe.We strongly condemn these acts and remain committed to eliminating the promotion of violence of terrorism on our platform.The company also added that its work is not done , which suggests that the social media platform – with its 313-million strong monthly active user base – will suspend more accounts in the future.
News: Gender gap in STEM persists while ICT is among the lowest pass rates in 2016.It is A Level results day in the UK, with just over a quarter of students celebrating an A* or A mark this year.While the industry grapples with a digital skills shortage, ICT was found to have one of the lowest pass rates in 2016 alongside media, film and TV studies.Only one in 10 ICT students gained top grades, an A or A*, this year, down from 12% in 2011.Of huge concern is that the number of students choosing ICT as an A Level subject also continues to fall – 8,7000 students took the course this year, falling by 3,300 in five years.Commenting on the disappointing ICT results, Andy Lawson, UK MD for Salesforce, said: The drop in the A-level pass mark for ICT is a disappointing reversal of previous years results.
When it comes to broccoli, the florets get all the glory, with the stems being unfairly maligned as woody and tough.Being a contrarian weirdo, I actually prefer the stems, but even I hadn t thought to spiralize them into tasty faux noodles.The stem s tough physique is what makes it such a great candidate for spiralizing.In fact, the thicker the stems, the better the broccoli noodle.Use a vegetable peeler to remove and little pieces sticking out, then insert the stem into the spiralizer, thicker end first.Once they re all noodle-y and ready for action, throw them toss them with a protein and tasty sauce like this beef and broccoli recipe from Skinnytaste or use them as the base for hearty salad.
While most kids their age are glued to various digital devices, often wasting hours playing mindless games or watching cat videos, 164 fourth and fifth graders, along with eight elementary school teachers, have been using those same devices to explore new paths to learning.In 15 classrooms across Texas and Virginia, students are using manufacturing design and digital fabrication processes to create physical models, learning the underlying mathematical concepts and using them in meaningful contexts.The FabLab Classroom pilot is a National Science Foundation project focusing on the E in STEM education Science, Technology, Engineering and Math .A wide range of digital tools and facilities available to students and their teachers are transforming the K-12 education system.Fab Labs and makerspaces provide creative areas where kids can design, invent and learn.All these tools and the widespread commitment to STEM education are introducing kids to 3D design at a very young age.
Australia's schools have gone crazy for coding, but kids in different states will be offered different programs that may use some, all or none of the national Digital Technologies Curriculum.Before we round up their answers, a quick civics lesson: Australia is a federation, so even though its Federal government creates national curricula, the nation's States and Territories are responsible for running schools.The Register is not an organ in which it is appropriate to consider why a nation of 24 million people needs nine different curricula, or why the nation's territories populations 350,000 and 210,000 respectively need education bureaucracies of a size capable of developing curricula.Australia's largest state is New South Wales, where the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards BOSTES recently opened a consultation on a review of the current Technology K–10 syllabuses to include Australian curriculum, Technologies content.Other initiatives in NSW include retraining more than 300 teachers as maths and science specialists, opening a virtual selective high school for science-related topics and approving new primary education degrees specialising in STEM subjects.Teachers have been offered guidance on teaching coding that names PASCAL as a language worth learning, offers multiple links to Khan Academy pages as suggested resources and tells teachers App stores of Google Play and iTunes U have learn to code apps for minimal cost.
Beijing is pushing western technology companies like Apple to meet increasingly stringent regulations for data storage and information sharing, while falling iPhone production means the U.S. tech giant s suppliers and contract manufacturers aren t the employment drivers they used to be.With Apple s sales tumbling, the Chinese government s support waning and a new iPhone coming out, Mr. Cook is on a goodwill mission: meeting with government officials, touring Chinese Apple stores and speaking with local residents.He continued to the central Chinese city Chongqing on Wednesday, where he toured an Apple store with the mayor.He has to be really friendly with the government, said Chris DeAngelis, general manager of tech consultancy ADG, noting Apple s efforts to expand in Chinese sectors such as mobile payments, that are difficult for foreign companies to enter.In exchange for access to China s vast customer base—the country is the world s biggest smartphone market and internet market by users—foreign enterprises are expected to help the local economy through investment and technology transfer.He is trying to show he is learning and appreciates the local culture, said Kitty Fok, China research director for market research firm IDC.
Cisco Systems may fire up to 20 percent of its global workforce as it seeks to grapple with shifts in networking technology and slowing growth.A report today from tech news site CRN indicated the number of job cuts could be between 9,000 to 14,000 and would likely be announced within the next couple of weeks.Cisco currently has about 70,000 global employees.The heavy cuts, which sources said will range between 9,000 and 14,000 employees worldwide, stem from Cisco s transition from its hardware roots into a software-centric organization, CRN wrote.This would be at least the third large-scale layoff announced since 2011 by the networking giant.That year, Cisco announced a layoff of 11,500, though that included 5,000 jobs that were transferred when it sold a manufacturing facility in Mexico.In 2013, the company announced another round of 4,000 job cuts.Cisco has typically made these announcements in August, after the end of its fiscal year.Cisco reports earnings later today after the markets closed.Despite the rocky road for employees, investors seem generally pleased with the company s performance over the past five years.
There s no shortage of gadgets and smart toys designed to get kids involved in STEM, but Marty takes things to the next level.He s a mini walking robot that s fully programmable, Wi-Fi enabled and Raspberry Pi-compatible — designed with the sole intention of making programming, electronics, and mechanical engineering a fun and engaging process.To make things even cooler, he s totally customizable using 3D-printed parts, which let you easily upgrade him.Marty is designed to bridge the gap between smart toys and a real robot, creator Alexander Enoch told Digital Trends.He s a cute little robot that can be played with like any other toy, but which provides opportunities to get stuck in with real programming and engineering.It was really important to us that we made something that could really provide a journey to users — from starting off remote controlling, then using the graphical programming language Scratch, through commonly used languages like Python, and even up to some university-level stuff if you want to go that far.
Getting teens – and in particular, young women – interested in coding is a challenge a number of companies and organizations today have been tackling in recent years.But a newer startup called Vidcode is taking a different approach.Instead of online courses aimed only at teaching coding basics, Vidcode is appealing to teens by having them learn to create things they re actually interested in – like Instagram-style filters, memes, and Snapchat geofilters, for example.It s really awesome for teenagers to have the opportunity to build something for this huge audience – that means a lot for them, explains Vidcode co-founder and CEO Alexandra Diracles, who had been studying computer science in grad school ahead of running Vidcode.The startup, which is co-founded by Leandra Tejedor and Melissa Halfon, got off the ground as a Startup Weekend hackathon project in early 2014, where the founders initially met.I was really interested in finding a way to apply my own love for STEM and for programming to engage more girls, says Diracles, of the project.
These days, parents seem to treat lunch-packing like a competitive sport, producing some truly artistic mid-day meals for their youngsters.Not all parents are gifted in the ways of ham origami, but that doesn t mean their children should suffer from lackluster presentation.Follow these tips, and you ll craft a lunch that will really impress.To make these yellow sea mammals, do the following:Grab a banana and give it a mouth by making an inch-long incision at the stem to give your little guy a mouth.Lucky Peach uses a grape, but the tiki bar master Paul McGee uses whole nutmeg.
Scientists observing wild crows have seen them do something amazing.Or at least something a bit clever for a bird.They've been spotted taking sticks and shaping them into tools to get worms out of bits of wood.The crows, not the scientists.The scientists probably brought a packed lunch.The New Caledonian crows are the species in question, with researchers swearing they've seen them fashioning twigs into hooks in order to get food out of logs.
Scientists observing wild crows have seen them do something amazing.Or at least something a bit clever for a bird.They've been spotted taking sticks and shaping them into tools to get worms out of bits of wood.The crows, not the scientists.The scientists probably brought a packed lunch.The New Caledonian crows are the species in question, with researchers swearing they've seen them fashioning twigs into hooks in order to get food out of logs.
If you actually want a STEM science, technology, engineering and maths job, be an engineer: science graduates are mostly under-employed, but three-quarters of engineering graduates get work within four months.The gap between a supply inflated by STEM-boosterism and a lack of demand is funnelling a lot of science graduates back into further study, think tank the Grattan Institute finds.The study, Mapping Australian higher education 2016, found employment outcomes for bachelor of science graduates are 17 percentage points below the average for all graduates four months after graduation, at around 50 per cent.Of those, only half – or 25 per cent of all science graduates – managed to get employment in their specialty.Well, things have to be better in IT, right?Only a little, according to the Institute: a CompSci bachelor graduate still has a one-third chance of not getting an IT job four months after leaving university.
See larger image STEM stuff!This week s roundup includes a kit that helps your kids master the basics of engineering, science, and math—and, oh yeah, it s fun to boot.The Rule Your Room Kit $99.95 MSRP, same price on Amazon is for your innovation-obsessed kids—it s a box of electronic doodads they can use to build eight different inventions, letting them have fun and helping them build engineering, science, art, and math skills along the way.The LittleBits Invent app on your iPhone helps guide the invention process.
Avast has issued a rushed fix to stem blue screen of death action caused by an update that clashed with Windows 10 on some systems.The patched patch fixes a kernel panic caused by conflicts with a Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Intel Skylake Virtualization Technology machines.Microsoft's update sent some machines with Avast newly and already installed into blue screen of death spirals from 2 August, but most users were unaffected.Avast quality assurance director Petr Chytil says a driver configuration caused the unforeseen crash."While the majority of our users didn t have a problem, certain HW configurations didn't mix well with the update," Chytil says."To be specific, when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was combined with our aswvmm.sys driver on an Intel CPU from the Skylake family with Intel VT enabled in the BIOS, the update resulted in a blue screen of death.
How do you plan to incentivize technological innovation and scientific research?originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.Technology is rapidly transforming our economy, and with the right public policies, we can harness American innovation to create good-paying jobs, stay globally competitive, and improve quality of life for all Americans.As president, I ll build on President Obama s Computer Science Education for All initiative to make sure all public school students can take rigorous computer science and STEM classes.I ve proposed a plan to recruit up to 50,000 new computer science teachers in the next decade.I ll expand support for linked-learning and other models that help students develop key skills while they are still in high school.
You cannot catch em all if you happen to live in Tehran.Iran blocked Pokémon Go for its people after the country s High Council of Virtual Spaces expressed concerns about it posing a security risk, according to the BBC.The government committee, which controls internet connectivity for Iranians, did not detail its concerns about the game that has players chasing down digital creatures in the real world by combining GPS and Google Maps technologies.Pokémon Go has dealt with a number of criticisms from governments and citizens with regards to its security.This seems to largely stem from its hyperpopularity as it is one of the top downloaded and highest-grossing apps ever released for iOS or Android.We ve reached out to Niantic for a comment, and we ll update this post with any new information.Following the release of the game in the United States in early July, some people began to point out that the game had access iPhone players entire Gmail accounts.But Niantic claimed, and outside observers confirmed, that these fears were unfounded.That has not stopped Pokémon Go from attracting a number of conspiracy theorists who claim it is a CIA plot, an ISIS tool, and who the hell knows what else.But, of course, the technology here isn t anything new.
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.68 % unveiled the first in a planned fleet of new cargo jets on Thursday, part of an effort by the e-commerce giant to expand its logistics operation.The effort stems from a broad desire at Amazon to take greater control of its shipping and package delivery operations.In some cases, the firm is using its own trucks, drivers and a fleet of couriers for so-called last mile delivery, the final and most-expensive leg of an order s trip.Amazon s shipping costs have been rising more quickly than sales, and having its own cargo fleet could help stem the rise.The company said last month its second-quarter shipping expenses rose 44% to $3.36 billion, while sales rose 31%.In its deal with Amazon, Atlas provides crew, maintenance and insurance over the course of seven years.
Scientists have mixed-and-matched human and animal cells for years, hoping to one day grow replacement human organs or discover genetic pathways of human diseases.Last year, though, the National Institutes of Health banned funding of animal-human chimeras until it could figure out whether any of this work would bump against ethical boundaries.Like: Could brain scientists endow research animals with human cognitive abilities, or even consciousness, while transplanting human stem cells into the brain of a developing animal embryo?Would it be morally wrong to create animals with human feet, hands, or a face in order to study human morphology?We thought it was good time to take a deep breath, pause and make sure the ethical frameworks that we have in place allows us to move forward and conduct this research responsibly, says Carrie Wolinetz, associate director for science policy at NIH.The boundary between human and animal is not just a philosophical debate.
Medical experts have condemned the US government for its plans to lift a ban on some controversial biomedical research, raising fears that it could lead to part-human, part-animal embryo development.Sounding like something from a budget sci-fi flick, the new policy would allow for Frankenstein-style experiments that take human stem cells to create hybrid embryos with those of animals, known as chimeras.The government's National Institutes of Health NIH discussed reasons behind the proposed lift via a blog post by its Associate Director for Science Policy, Carrie Wolinetz.In the post, Wolinetz outlined a new policy to permit scientists to get federal money to develop chimeras, under certain carefully monitored conditions.But the news has worried some medical experts, who believe the research is unethical, and could spiral out of control; that 'playing God' with biology could one day lead to "adverse consequences", such as the creation of animals with partly human brains, perhaps giving them some semblance of human consciousness or human thinking abilities.Another concern is that the cells could develop into animals with human sperm and eggs and breed, producing human embryos or foetuses inside animals or other hybrid creatures.
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