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Spies Among Us?
From Communications of the ACM

Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.

Move to Incorporate Computing in Math Curriculum
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Move to Incorporate Computing in Math Curriculum

The first official public draft of the Common Core State Standards Initiative's K-12 standards has been released. 

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Silicon Valley Loses Foreign Talent

Silicon Valley is losing more foreign-born executives, engineers, and scientists due to better opportunities in their native countries, tough U.S. immigration laws...

Creating Apps Just For Cars
From ACM TechNews

Creating Apps Just For Cars

Ford Motor Co. is working with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Microsoft to offer a computer science and engineering course in which Michigan students...

From ACM TechNews

U.s. Asks Colleges to Enhance the Nation's Internet Capacity

The U.S. government wants colleges and universities to help bring ultra high-speed Internet access to more communities. The proposal is part of a federal blueprint...

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Women in It: How to Combat Misconceptions

Experts say the information technology (IT) industry needs to start appealing to women at a younger age to encourage more of them to choose it as a career. 

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Msu Programmers Develop Land Mine Avoidance Game

Michigan State University (MSU) instructors and students are fine-tuning a computer video game designed to help unsuspecting children avoid land mines and other...

Teens Win $630,000 in 2010 Intel Science Talent Search
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Teens Win $630,000 in 2010 Intel Science Talent Search

Intel Science Talent Search 2010, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top 10 winners in Washington, DC. Winners received $630,000 in awards...

Nsf Seeks New Approach to Helping Minority Students in Science
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Nsf Seeks New Approach to Helping Minority Students in Science

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that assist specific racial and ethnic groups would be consolidated under a new proposal from the agency. 

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Race Matters

Black college instructors play a significant role in encouraging black science students to persist as science majors, according to a study by Cornell University...

Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores
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Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores

Students in Massachusetts will help fine-tune a computer-based, emotionally perceptive mathematics tutoring software developed by University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering
From ACM TechNews

Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering

Physicist Louis Lanzerotti, chairman of the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators committee, says the board's recent report to the White House...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...

Annual Science Festival to Host 'excite Your Mind' Events
From ACM News

Annual Science Festival to Host 'excite Your Mind' Events

The San Diego Science Festival , the largest celebration of science on the West Coast, will be held March 20-27 to raise awareness of the importance of science,...

Survey: Educators Aren't Discussing STEM Careers With Students
From ACM TechNews

Survey: Educators Aren't Discussing STEM Careers With Students

Science and math educators are keeping classes knowledgeable and interesting, but they are not promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers...

From ACM Careers

Enrollment Down in Canada's ICT Programs

Across Canada, enrollment in information and communication technology (ICT) degree programs is down. A 2008 study prepared for the Information and Communications...

Researchers Engage Communities to Support Women in It Careers
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Researchers Engage Communities to Support Women in It Careers

Virginia Tech's Appalachian Information Technology Extension Service is a research-based extension program designed to provide support for young women seeking careers...

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UCLA Will Resume Streaming Video After Legal Dispute

The University of California at Los Angeles has restored its streaming video service about two months after temporarily suspending the service amid complaints from...

Skills Experts Bemoan Poor It Teaching
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Skills Experts Bemoan Poor It Teaching

Information technology (IT) needs to be taught a different way in schools if the industry is to deepen its talent pool, experts in the United Kingdom said during...
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