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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap
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Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap

The radical educational experiment is geared to solving the tech industry's chronic shortage of skilled programmers.

Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields
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Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields

Girls of Steel is a K-12 program designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math subjects to girls through mentoring and robotics competition.

Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code
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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code

Weekly danceLogic classes offered by Philadelphia’s West Park Cultural Center include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding....

China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success
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China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success

China holds great market potential for virtual reality and augmented reality.

Student Demand for Computer Science Straining UW-Madison Department Resources
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Student Demand for Computer Science Straining UW-Madison Department Resources

The growth in University of Wisconsin-Madison student demand for computer science is resulting in difficulty finding lecture halls large enough to accommodate all...

Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research
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Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research

Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to foster homegrown knowledge of the technology...

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years
From ACM TechNews

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education cited new research as the top paper of the past 50 years.

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Xia Zhou, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award.

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer
From ACM News

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer

The researcher's achievements include significant advances to mobile security.

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers
From ACM TechNews

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of female and lower-income students are less likely to encourage their children to major in computer science than parents of male students and those in...

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
From Communications of the ACM

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Saugus High School in Massachusetts has earned the first College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics
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Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics

Rice University computer science professor Moshe Y. Vardi talks about the impact of technologies on society, and how this challenges what computer science should...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Top U.S. Universities Shun Cash From Huawei Under Trump Pressure
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Top U.S. Universities Shun Cash From Huawei Under Trump Pressure

Pressure from Congress and the Trump administration has forced top U.S. universities to refuse research funding from China's Huawei Technologies over national security...

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
From ACM TechNews

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.
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