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Codella Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding
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Codella Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths
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The Growing Need For More Women Cybersleuths

The recent rash of online hacks highlights a mounting need for cybersecurity professionals, including women. 

Scientists Aspire to Nature's Genius With 'biomimetic' Research
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Scientists Aspire to Nature's Genius With 'biomimetic' Research

Engineers and researchers looking for the next big thing are turning more than ever to their own back yards for inspiration.

Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?
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Monkey Thoughts Move Virtual Arms—human-Machine Mind-Meld Next?

Rhesus monkeys in a lab are using their brains to move two arms of a virtual primate on a screen, moving researchers one step closer towards outfitting paralyzed...

'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom
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'running Battle': How Google Hopes to Beat Countries Cracking Down on Internet Freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.

Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller
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Virtual Reality Gaming Is Nearly Here; We Just Need the Right Controller

Video games have long promised to offer their players "immersive experiences," but full-blown virtual reality—the holodeck or the matrix—was still a fantasy.

Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen
From ACM News

Your Phone Is Blabbing Your Location to Anyone Who Will Listen

Everywhere you go, your phone is sending out signals that can be assembled to form a picture of your movements.

One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment
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One Year Later, Nasa Looks Back at Curiosity Rover's Scariest Moment

For the Curiosity rover, it's just another day on Mars—but back on Earth, Tuesday was a day to look back at the $2.5 billion mission's first year, including a moment...

Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy
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Google Says It Can Guess Movie Box Office Hauls—with 94% Accuracy

Google released a research paper this week showing that the frequency of a movie being searched for on Google and YouTube is a surprisingly accurate indicator of...

Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding
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Hack a Virus, Win a Prize: Scientist Recognized For 'useful' Germ Modding

The inventor of a viral technology behind tomorrow's electric car batteries, flexible touchscreen computers, and non-invasive cancer screening was awarded a $500...

Xbox? More Like Xbody: Future Game Consoles Will Get ­nder Your Skin
From ACM News

Xbox? More Like Xbody: Future Game Consoles Will Get ­nder Your Skin

Imagine playing through a level of the popular zombie shooter "Left 4 Dead" on a system that tracks your heart rate, eye movements, even how clammy your skin is...

Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say
From ACM News

Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say

Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country's leading roboticists.

In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone
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In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to...

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?
From ACM News

As Boston Bombing Photos and Videos Pour In, Where Do Investigators Begin?

When bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, there were nearly as many camera-equipped smartphones as people there in Copley Square.

Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say
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Cyberattack on Florida Election Is First Known Case in U.s., Experts Say

An attempt to illegally obtain absentee ballots in Florida last year is the first known case in the U.S. of a cyberattack against an online election system, according...

High-Tech Designs Vie to Replace Nyc's Payphones
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High-Tech Designs Vie to Replace Nyc's Payphones


Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy
From ACM Opinion

Kim Dotcom Is the Anti-Zuckerberg: Share Nothing, Encrypt Everything, Be Happy

Appearing like a retro-futuristic apparition, digitally transmitted through pneumatic tubes from a future that was but will never be, the disembodied head of Kim...

Popular Office Phones Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hack, Researchers Say
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Popular Office Phones Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hack, Researchers Say

High-tech telephones common on many workplace desks in the U.S. can be hacked and turned into eavesdropping devices, researchers at Columbia University have discovered...

Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?
From ACM Opinion

Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?

For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans...

Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern
From ACM News

Report Sees Decline in Voting Glitches ... but Vote-By-Mail Sparks Concern

The good news about voting technologyis that the upgrades put into place since the controversial 2000 presidential election have made ballot tallies twice as accurate...
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