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How Programmers Learn to Code
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How Programmers Learn to Code

Most coders' programming skills are self-taught, and more than a quarter of  surveyed developers wrote their first piece of code before they were 16 years old. ...

App to Increase Public Involvement in Protecting Rivers
From ACM TechNews

App to Increase Public Involvement in Protecting Rivers

Researchers are developing a mobile application that will monitor developments around rivers in order to maximize public participation in revivification.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
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Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

A New Recipe For Hunting Alien Life
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A New Recipe For Hunting Alien Life

Imagine stepping into a time machine, one that could traverse not only billions of years but also countless light years of space, all in search of life in the universe...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...

Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'
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Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'

The University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science has received $27.5 million to launch the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing...

Computer Science Professor Leads Multi-Disciplined Approach to Collaboration
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Professor Leads Multi-Disciplined Approach to Collaboration

Researchers have developed a model for experiential and community-engaged learning that they have used to immerse their students in computational thinking.

Researchers Use Sound Waves to Advance Optical Communication
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Researchers Use Sound Waves to Advance Optical Communication

Researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that sound waves can produce ultraminiature optical diodes small enough to fit onto a computer chip....

The Quantum Computer Era Arrives
From ACM News

The Quantum Computer Era Arrives

The drive to develop and commercialize the first quantum computer has been characterized as the new arms race.

Deep Learning Pioneered For Real-Time Gravitational Wave Discovery
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Deep Learning Pioneered For Real-Time Gravitational Wave Discovery

Researchers have developed a method for using graphics processing unit-accelerated deep learning for detecting and characterizing gravitational waves.

Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain
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Artificial Neurons Compute Faster Than the Human Brain

Superconducting computing chips modelled after neurons can process information faster and more efficiently than the human brain.

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science
From ACM Careers

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she...

Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens
From ACM News

Strava Suggests Military Users 'opt Out' of Heatmap as Row Deepens

Fitness-tracking company Strava has defended its publication of heatmaps that accidentally reveal sensitive military positions, arguing that the information was...

Russian Experts Submit 'impenetrable' Smartphone Protection System
From ACM TechNews

Russian Experts Submit 'impenetrable' Smartphone Protection System

Researchers at the National Research Nuclear University in Russia have developed a system of continuous authentication of mobile device users based on behavioral...

Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education
From ACM TechNews

Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education

The Governors' Partnership for K-12 Computer Science has added eight new members, bringing the total number of participants to 16 U.S. governors.

Technique Triggers Electronic Circuits to Self-Destruct
From ACM TechNews

Technique Triggers Electronic Circuits to Self-Destruct

Researchers say they have invented a method for triggering the discreet self-destruction of electronic circuits.

Feedback Enhances Brainwave Control of a Novel Hand-Exoskeleton
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Feedback Enhances Brainwave Control of a Novel Hand-Exoskeleton

Researchers are developing a portable hand exoskeleton controlled by brainwaves.

Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages
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Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages

Researchers have received a U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity grant to develop an automated tool for translating obscure languages.

Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule
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Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and...

Your Sloppy Bitcoin Drug Deals Will Haunt You For Years
From ACM News

Your Sloppy Bitcoin Drug Deals Will Haunt You For Years

Perhaps you bought some illegal narcotics on the Silk Road half a decade ago, back when that digital black market for every contraband imaginable was still online...
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