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+ - Ask Slashdot : Computer Science Degree

Submitted by Antisyzygy
Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Im a recent graduate student that finished a MS in Applied Mathematics. As such I have had more programming experience than most mathematics majors (including a brief period as a dual major in computer engineering and math), but more on the scientific side programming numerical methods, etc. I recently enrolled in a PhD program in mathematics, however I have noticed I am losing my passion for this subject. Its getting to the point where I dread sitting down to do proofs, mainly because I feel forced to do it. I still find the information interesting, but I am at a point where I think I can learn anything I am interested in on my own since I have taken the core courses required for advanced study (i.e. real analysis, functional analysis, etc). I am still getting decent grades, but my level of happiness doing it has dwindled to dread. Since childhood I have always wanted to program video games, and maybe get a chance at becoming a designer or designing them in my own time. I understand this isn't always possible, so I want to also increase my marketability in the work force by learning more core computer science skills. Programming is one of the things I enjoyed and am still not bored of in my curriculum (as of right now its all analysis, hence not much programming). Furthermore, I have read that applied math + computer science education is extremely lucrative in industry. As such, I am considering just becoming either a graduate CS student or getting a second bachelors with at least a partial focus in game design. My question is, what is a better idea? My main issue with a complete devotion to self study and rejection of college right now is that as of now I don't make enough to pay off my student loans even with full time employment, so it would be helpful to defer them a little longer until I get more marketable skills. Any advice would be appreciated."

+ - Conventional Propulsion for Interstellar Mission->

Submitted by Antisyzygy
Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "Andreas Tziolas, secondary propulsion lead for Project Icarus, discusses how the propulsion technology and techniques scientists use today will still be used during the construction of the Icarus vehicle and the science probes Icarus will deploy when exploring the target star system.

Project Icarus is an five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination. Headed by the Tau Zero Foundation and British Interplanetary Society, a non-profit group of scientists dedicated to interstellar spaceflight, Icarus is working to develop a spacecraft that can travel to a nearby star."

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+ - Obama calling for 53B$ for High Speed Rail->

Submitted by Antisyzygy
Antisyzygy (1495469) writes "President Obama is calling for 53B dollars to be appropriated for the construction of high-speed rail in the United States over the next 6 years. Assuming Congress approves this plan, the funding would be spent on developing and/or improving trains that travel at approximately 250 miles/hour, as well as spent on connecting existing rail lines to new developed high speed lines."
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