Now more than ever, a high-quality STEM education matters. The STEM fields cultivate curiosity and creativity while preparing students to reach their highest potential in work and life. They are also critical for personal and national prosperity: In the next decade, almost all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require intermediate or advanced knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.
Unfortunately, access to a high-quality STEM education is deeply inequitable, limiting opportunities for students while they are still in high school. A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of African-American and Latino students don’t offer Algebra [...]
Tech titans slugging it out to protect proprietary intellectual assets is a boxing bout long in the making. In this corner? Oracle “The Java” whose multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Google alleged copyright infringement for Google’s “unfair” use of it’s Java programming language. And in this corner, the reigning champion, Google “The Android”, whose previous wins include a TKO of Oracle after a jab jolting 2016 jury trial and verdict to uphold the “fair use” of certain Java programming language to design the Android operating system. On Tuesday, after the hotly contested 2016 verdict, the United States Court of Appeals reversed the 2016 jury verdict holding that Google’s use of [...]
Beauty behemoth L’Oréal announced on Friday the 100% acquisition of Canadian AR/AI company ModiFace. Although the buyout amount was not disclosed, the move will accelerate L’Oréal’s digital strategy by providing the group’s 34 international brands with a virtual try-it-before-you-buy-it consumer experience. “We are thrilled to welcome ModiFace to L’Oréal to become the heart of our digital services R&D”, expressed Lubomira Rochet, Chief Digital Officer of L’Oréal. “With its world-class team, technologies and sustained track record in terms of beauty tech innovations, ModiFace will support the reinvention of the beauty experience around innovative [...]
Zack Giffin, co-host of FYI network’s “Tiny House Nation“, has added yet another OMG notch in his teeny home tool belt — home energy efficiency using plastics. Yes, plastics! The challenge for Giffin was to create the ultimate mini-mansion using innovative plastics technology that would reduce our environmental footprint. So, he partnered with Plastics Make It Possible to create a 200-square foot beacon of home energy efficiency using advanced building materials derived from plastics. “We have a small planet and we have a finite amount of resources”, said Giffin. “The deck, that’s all recycled building material. It’s got vinyl siding. We’ve got PVC trim. The [...]