The White House has allocated $39 million in its 2022 budget to developing technology that would let the Department of Defense share spectrum with wireless carriers. Incumbent informing capability is likely to be the focus of experimentation, but statements from T-Mobile and some tech research companies expressed doubt regarding its effectiveness.
The worldwide semiconductor shortage is the issue of a virtual conference bringing together government officials and leading executives, coordinated by the White House. President Joe Biden has proposed $150 million in the federal budget for a pair of manufacturing programs, including one for US-based semiconductor production.
Microsoft has issued patches for its 2013, 2016 and 2019 versions of Exchange Server calendar and email software, and the US government has ordered all agencies to install them immediately. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency says the latest repaired vulnerabilities are different from the ones exploited by Chinese hackers.
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Benchling, a startup that created a cloud-based technology platform for life sciences researchers, raised $200 million in a funding round that gave it a $4 billion valuation. The company is preparing for an initial public offering.
Older drivers and people with disabilities could give momentum to the acceptance of autonomous vehicles, according to Nicholas Giudice, a professor from the University of Maine's School of Computing and Information Science. Giudice, who is blind, said AVs could offer people with disabilities better mobility options and is working with a team to integrate augmented reality and haptic feedback technology into the AV experience.
Grand Valley State University in Michigan is partnering with historically Black colleges and universities, including Fort Valley State University in Georgia, to create a more diverse student body and workforce. Under the plan, Fort Valley STEM students can earn a master's degree in engineering or computer science at the Michigan school.
Last month, the U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing "Brain Drain: Rebuilding the Federal Scientific Workforce." Its focus was on steadily declining STEM employment across federal agencies. Kayla Henneberry offers a summary of what was discussed. IEEE-USA InSight.