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No, We're Not Losing Our Ability to Think Critically
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No, We're Not Losing Our Ability to Think Critically

A response to the July 2009 CACM article: "Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?" In short: nope! There isn't much evidence to support this, so relax.

Correction and Updates on Role of Apcs in Undergraduate Enrollment
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Correction and Updates on Role of Apcs in Undergraduate Enrollment

The number of students taking the Advanced Placement Exam in Computer Science (APCS) is distressingly low.  My earlier data were wrong, but even with these data...

Lessons From Apollo
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Lessons From Apollo

 As we consider how to explain the necessity of long-term investment in science and technology research and development, as we teach a new generation of students...

Advertainment
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Advertainment

Real-world hyperlinks find their way into the most surprising places, and in the process become a staple of a Japanese mobile culture.

The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data
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The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data

Throwing an off-the-shelf machine learning package at your data can get you started, but the biggest gains come when you learn about your data and your customers...

Technological Garbage
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Technological Garbage

Are Latin American countries prepared enough to deal with the environmental and health risks caused by techno-garbage?

Telemedicine in Latin America
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Telemedicine in Latin America

What is telemedicine and how is being implemented in LA.

What's That You Say?
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What's That You Say?

Science fiction has long told of a Universe thick with real-time speech-to-speech translation devices, and recent experiences in the land of the rising sun suggest...

Campus Party Colombia
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Campus Party Colombia

 July 6 2009, is the starting date for the second edition of “campus party” which is one of the most important technological shows of the world.

The End of a Dbms Era (might Be Upon Us)
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The End of a Dbms Era (might Be Upon Us)

Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game...

Touchdown, Japan
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Touchdown, Japan

Science and sake in equal parts at the National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute orientation.  

Designing Effective Interfaces For Usable Privacy and Security
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Designing Effective Interfaces For Usable Privacy and Security

I often cringe when I hear highly technical engineers talk about people. I usually hear broad generalizations tossed about, like "people are lazy, that's why they...

E-Commerce in Latin America
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E-Commerce in Latin America

Short talk about the evolution and actual status of e-commerce in Latin America

Nudging Computing Education
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Nudging Computing Education

The nudges of libertarian paternalism have insights for computing education.

The Fallacy of Rankings
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The Fallacy of Rankings

The list of the world's fastest computers will soon be announced. As always, we can expect the latest announcement to garner interest among the technological community...

Changing Search Behavior on the World Wild Web
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Changing Search Behavior on the World Wild Web

Are we at a turning point in search is the real $100M question of the month.  It's more about adaptation then features as most regular Internet Users head toward...

Latin America & Internet Security
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Latin America & Internet Security

How are our countries dealing with internet security issues? 

Cornell Economist Says Disaster Relief Workers Need AI Tools
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Cornell Economist Says Disaster Relief Workers Need AI Tools

 Economist Christopher B. Barrett has been developing decision trees to help CARE relief workers analyze conditions in disaster zones. They need more efficient...

More on Bridging the Gap Between Ecologists and Computer Scientists
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More on Bridging the Gap Between Ecologists and Computer Scientists

At the First Conference on Computational Sustainability, Cornell's Evan Cooch, evolutionary ecologist, describes what happened in the past when he asked an engineer...

Enviro Scientists Call on Comp Scientists to Bridge Gap in Solving Np-Hard Problems
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Enviro Scientists Call on Comp Scientists to Bridge Gap in Solving Np-Hard Problems

 Environmental scientists are unaware of advances in computational complexity and have been limiting problems they tackle, but they are hopeful as result of First...
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