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Research shows women who study engineering do better when mentored by other women. Nitat Termmee/Moment via Getty Images

Only about 1 in 5 engineering degrees go to women

A negative environment dissuades many women engineering students from staying in the field. Can colleges and universities do anything to reverse the trend?
A digital twin attempts to capture every aspect of a real thing, including up-to-the-moment changes. lambada/E+ via Getty Images

What are digital twins? A pair of computer modeling experts explain

A digital twin is to a computer model as live video is to a still photo. These virtual replicas can be used to understand and make predictions about a wide range of complex systems, including people.
Nickel oxide, the gray-and-black-striped material, demonstrates unique properties when exposed to hydrogen. Purdue University/Kayla Wiles

Nickel oxide is a material that can ‘learn’ like animals and could help further artificial intelligence research

The ability to store information is central to learning and the field of artificial intelligence. Researchers have shown how a unique material shows basic learning properties similar to that of slugs.
Undergraduate students need to learn the responsible use of data science as well as the nuts and bolts. Hill Street Studios/Stone via Getty Images

Data science education lacks a much-needed focus on ethics

Undergraduate programs are springing up across the US to meet the burgeoning demand for workers trained in big data. Yet many of the programs lack training in the ethical use of data science.
Researchers can program neural networks composed of artificial neurons to simulate language processing. Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images

Bilingual people with language loss due to stroke can pose a treatment challenge – computational modeling may help clinicians treat them

Computational modeling can predict language therapy response in bilingual people with aphasia. In the future, this could help clinicians identify the best language for treatment.
Understanding how artificial intelligence algorithms solve problems like the Rubik’s Cube makes AI more useful. Roland Frisch via Wikimedia Commons

How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

AI algorithms can solve hard problems and learn incredible tasks, but they can’t explain how they do these things. If researchers can build explainable AI, it could lead to a flood of new knowledge.

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