Our Top 10 Blogs of 2012

Once again, you’ve voted with your clicks and we’ve tallied the results. So…drumroll, please…here are the top 10 Microsoft Research Connections blogs of 2012. Number 10: Try Try F#Who can resist such a redundantly titled post—especially when it offers information on how to get a browser-based tool for learning and exploring the power of F#…


Rallying Women to STEM Careers

We know our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in these fields. The 2009 US Census reveals that although women fill close to half of all jobs in the country’s economy, they hold less than 25 percent of the STEM…


Award to Fund Brazilian Research

As readers of this blog know, Microsoft Research Connections has a deep collaborative relationship with the Brazilian research community, particularly through the Microsoft Research-FAPESP Institute for IT Research. Together, we are using computing to explore bioenergy, global warming, healthcare delivery, agronomy, and data mining, just to mention some of our current joint efforts to provide…


Creating Buzz for Computer Science

Here’s a sobering fact: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the United States and, at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science, we will fill only 61 percent of those openings. These predictions are all the more dispiriting…


Computer Science Students Aid Ecological Field Work

Plant biologists in Brazil are working to develop a better understanding of tropical ecosystems—how they work and how they impact climate change, not only in the region, but worldwide. These researchers are dedicated and disciplined. They’re in the field from dawn to dusk, working through rain, wind, heat, and cold, applying all of their energy…


New Tools Simplify Data Mining

In this era of big data, researchers are relying more and more on data mining to help them with their research. Researchers from nearly every field (not to mention businesses from almost every sector) are slicing, dicing, and sifting an exponentially growing mass of data, looking for patterns, trends, and insights. This is powerful stuff,…


Low-Energy GPS Sensing Looms Large

Location sensing has become ubiquitous—it’s present every time you turn on your smartphone or engage your car’s navigation system. It’s also become critical to a variety of outdoors and remote research applications, such as wildlife tracking, participatory environmental sensing, and personal health and wellness monitoring. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is commonly used for tagging…


EPA Cooperative R&D: Technology for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

“Despite its size, Puget Sound is ecologically delicate; and while its symptoms of trouble are not easily visible, they are undeniable and getting worse.” —The Puget Sound Partnership We at Microsoft Research Connections have begun work on a cooperative research and development (R&D) project with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that centers on the…


TouchDevelop in Your Browser

Are you looking for a little extra cash for the upcoming holidays? Then you might be interested in creating some cool apps to sell in the Windows Store. Or maybe you’re simply curious and want to try your hand at developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In either case, the newly released TouchDevelop Web…