Tech Insights
Sep. 11, 2013

Robots could one day help surgeons remove hard-to-reach brain tumors
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering via Medical Xpress
NIBIB-funded scientists and engineers are teaming up with neurosurgeons to develop technologies that enable less invasive, image-guided removal of hard-to-reach brain tumors. Their technologies combine novel imaging techniques that allow surgeons to see deep within the brain during surgery with robotic systems that enhance the precision of tissue removal.More

Is little data the next big data?
Jonah Berger
The era of big data is upon us. From Target mining shopper data to figure out who is getting pregnant to Google using online search to predict incidence of the flu, companies and organizations are using troves of information to spot trends, combat crime and prevent disease. Online and offline actions are being tracked, aggregated and analyzed at dizzying rates. But while big data gets all the attention, innovative technologies have also enabled little data to flourish.More

STEM CEO of the week: Rich Templeton of Texas Instruments
The Dallas Morning News
STEMblog featured Rich Templeton, chief executive of Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc., as its top STEM CEO. The blog profiles CEOs and what they're company is doing to support science, technology, engineering and math education and workforce development as part of its 100 CEOs in STEM series.More

7 tricks to help you remember anything
American Express OPEN Forum
Being able to remember names, dates and details could give you a huge advantage in business. Try these strategies for increasing your total recall. More

Detecting heartbeats in rubble: DHS and NASA team up to save victims of disasters
U.S. Department of Homeland Security via Phys.org
When natural disasters or man-made catastrophes topple buildings, search and rescue teams immediately set out to recover victims trapped beneath the wreckage. During these missions, time is imperative, and quickly detecting living victims greatly increases chances for rescue and survival. A new radar-based technology named Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response — FINDER — has been developed by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and the National Aeronautics Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More

Where cloud computing jobs are today
Business 2 Community
Gaining insights into cloud computing hiring trends is invaluable to understanding the competitive landscape and direction of new application and platform development. It’s also invaluable for any company looking to recruit cloud computing professionals. For qualified job seekers, staying on top of these trends can and does lead to well-timed career moves, higher salaries and greater chances for professional growth.More

Are robots hurting job growth?
CBS News
Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. Steve Kroft reports.More

Business schools get into the cybersecurity business
Bloomberg Businessweek
As companies become attuned to the threats posed by hackers, business schools are increasingly offering classes in cybersecurity, a once-obscure specialty of computer science and engineering programs.More

Researchers convert cement into an electrical conductor
University of Alicante via R&D Magazine
Researchers have developed a cementitious material incorporating carbon nanofibers in composition, turning cement into an excellent conductor of electricity capable of performing functions beyond its usual structural function.More

World's thinnest keyboard unveiled by UK tech firm
The Guardian
The company behind the technology found in wireless Beats headphones and Nike Running gadget has unveiled the world's thinnest keyboard, with a flexible, wireless touchscreen just half a millimeter thick.More

IPhone 5S fingerprint sensor: The end of passwords?
CNET
Apple has unveiled its smartphone's latest weapon: a fingerprint reader it's calling Touch ID. With its move, Apple could end up making the technology commonplace, as rivals might feel compelled to follow suit. It could be only a matter of time before passwords are relegated to yesteryear.More

Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros and cons
InformationWeek
The Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are exactly what everyone expected to see from Apple at its recent press event. The 5s is a significantly upgraded version of the iPhone 5, while the 5c is a lower-cost model meant to round out Apple's product range. Both include 4-inch Retina displays and improved cameras.More

Business schools get into the cybersecurity business
Bloomberg Businessweek
As companies become attuned to the threats posed by hackers, business schools are increasingly offering classes in cybersecurity, a once-obscure specialty of computer science and engineering programs.More

STEM interest declining among teens
CBS News
The number of job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields is expected to increase significantly over the next five years. There are already thousands of well-paid STEM jobs that employers struggle to fill because they say the talent pool is too shallow, and experts at the Partnership for a New American Economy project say that there will be a shortfall of 230,000 qualified advanced-degree STEM workers by 2018. More

Advanced degrees pay off for companies, employees
Dallas Business Journal
Advanced degrees pay off. That's the conclusion of a national survey of human resources executives commissioned by Dallas-based online education company Academic Partnerships. "What this survey has done is validate what we have said as an organization for many many years," Jim Brigadier, senior vice president for Academic Partnerships, said in an interview. "The survey shows the desire of companies to invest in their employees by providing them with easy and convenient access to online degree programs."More