Social Media 

How Social Media Is Shaping Indian Science

From Aristotle’s wandering lectures on the entire world of living things to Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s remarkable illustrations of bacteria under a microscope, science communication and cross-talk in the scientific community has undergone dramatic changes in scale and scope. Over the years, treatises have given way to journal publications, discourses have been replaced by interactive webinars, and scientific letters have been superseded by almost instantaneous emails. One of the more recent changes is the use of social media platforms to reach the masses at large. Social media, in general, has enabled a faster and larger…

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Computer 

Computer Science Demand Is Soaring Due To Tech Bubble 2.0

A team of young computer programmers. Photo credit: GettyGETTY For the past several years, I’ve been warning that the tech startup boom (and the surge of interest in “coding”) is actually a dangerous bubble that is driven by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s ultra-loose monetary policies since the Great Recession. A recent New York Times piece called “The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class” describes how young people are clamoring to study computer science: Lured by the prospect of high-salary, high-status jobs, college students are rushing in record numbers to…

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Computer 

Nada Amin To Join Harvard Computer Science Faculty

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences sign stands in front of Pierce Hall. Photo: Karina G. Gonzalez-Espinoza Nada Amin will join the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Computer Science faculty this fall as an associate, the school announced Tuesday. Amin — whose research explores “easier, faster, safer” ways of programming — received her doctoral degree in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. She currently teaches at the University of Cambridge as a University Lecturer in Programming Languages. Her…

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