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Tech Industry Searching For Girls Gone Geek
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Tech Industry Searching For Girls Gone Geek

The flagging attraction of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions to young women is partly attributed to the geek factor, or the perception...

Game Trains Soldiers in a Virtual Iraq or Afghanistan
From ACM TechNews

Game Trains Soldiers in a Virtual Iraq or Afghanistan

University of Texas at Dallas researchers are developing First Person Cultural Trainer, a computer training tool designed to make it easier for military personnel...

Lights, Camera, Action: Cue the Goldfish
From ACM News

Lights, Camera, Action: Cue the Goldfish

Biologist Scott McRobert, professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., developed "Fish Cam," an online site for students of all ages...

From ACM TechNews

Optimization Server Reaches Two Million Milestone

Two million problems have now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy's Networked-Enabled Optimization System (NEOS). A decade ago, there were less than...

Tracking Garbage
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
From Communications of the ACM

Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

CS and Biology's Growing Pains
From Communications of the ACM

CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

Digital Teaching Aids Make Math Fun
From ICT Results

Digital Teaching Aids Make Math Fun

It will come as a surprise to schoolchildren everywhere: Learning the intricacies of algebra, calculus and geometry can be fun. So say a team of European researchers...

From ACM TechNews

A Virtual System Which Facilitates Access and Adapts Contents to the Student

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid are developing Project FLEXO, a virtual platform for different teaching methods that can be customized to specific...

From ACM News

Want a Job? Get a Computer Science Degree

Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science. That's the advice coming...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
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Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...

From ACM News

Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
From ACM News

Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

From ACM News

Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik
From ACM News

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik

Be warned my fellow humans, robots will not be satisfied until they defeat us in even the most trivial of contests. Cube Stormer is the latest creation from Mike...

Science Education Should Begin at Age Three
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Science Education Should Begin at Age Three

Your child comes home from pre-K and tells you to shut off the lights to save electricity. Don't feel scolded; your child may be a budding scientist. To support...

Graduation Gaps For Science Majors
From ACM TechNews

Graduation Gaps For Science Majors

A recent University of California, Los Angeles survey found that more students are interested in majoring in science and technology fields, but those students are...

DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0
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DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0

Right now, troops trying to listen in on enemy chatter rely on a convoluted process. They tune into insurgency radio frequencies, then hand the radio over to local...

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A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering
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Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

It all started with a brawny, tattooed building contractor with a passion for exotic animals. He was taking biology classes at City College of San Francisco, a...
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