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How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science
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How Unpaywall Is Transforming Open Science

After being kicked out of a hotel conference room where they had participated in a three-day open-science workshop and hackathon, a group of computer scientists...

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000
From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer an online cybersecurity master's degree that will cost students less than $10,000, in collaboration with edX.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
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RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech
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AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech

May's AI for Social Good Lab initiative provided 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue...

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?
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Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?

Voice interfaces that repeat or prompt users to communicate could be more useful to children than currently available technologies.

Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'
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Decoding the Pipeline for Tech's 'Hidden Figures'

Researchers are working to acknowledge and understand the "double-bind" for women of color in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter
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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in...

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives
From ACM Opinion

Programmers Need Ethics When Designing the Technologies that Influence People's Lives

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world.

Adopting a Culture of Transparency
From ACM News

Adopting a Culture of Transparency

Software is used increasingly to determine the existence of scientific fraud in published studies.

U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence
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U of T Launches Canada's First Engineering Undergraduate Program in Machine Intelligence

The University of Toronto has unveiled Canada's first undergraduate engineering science program in machine intelligence.

The 2018 Top Programming Languages
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The 2018 Top Programming Languages

IEEE Spectrum's fifth annual interactive ranking of the top programming languages draws on metrics from multiple sources to rank 47 languages.

Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research
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Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research

Researchers have expanded and enhanced an open source movement simulator that addresses problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion.

Universities FLIP For Diversity
From ACM News

Universities FLIP For Diversity

Cornell University's computer science department is leveraging ideas from other departments in pursuit of more diverse academic candidates.

Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools
From ACM TechNews

Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools

The Tennessee Board of Education has given final approval to the state's first computer science standards for elementary and middle schools.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...

Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms
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Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms

Grand Canyon University recently hosted more than 80 teachers from across Arizona for a workshop on how to integrate computer science curriculums into their classrooms...

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto
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Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging...

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings
From ACM TechNews

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Researchers analyzed thousands of documented UFO sightings to determine the degree to which factors such as movie releases and weather events shaped sighting patterns...

Broadening the Path for Women in STEM
From Communications of the ACM

Broadening the Path for Women in STEM

Organizations work to address 'a notable absence of women in the field.'

Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges
From ACM TechNews

Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges

The Girl Scouts announced 30 new badges that will help equip girls with the leadership skills needed to deal with "key 21st century issues."
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