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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools...

IU Study Finds Most People Aren't as Happy as Their Friends on Social Media
From ACM TechNews

IU Study Finds Most People Aren't as Happy as Their Friends on Social Media

A study by researchers at Indiana University found people with the most connections on social media are happier.

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome
From ACM TechNews

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

Researchers are using supercomputers to study reptile evolution.

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?
From ACM TechNews

What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?

Researchers have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries
From ACM News

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent...

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls
From ACM TechNews

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior...

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You
From ACM TechNews

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people...

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure
From ACM News

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure

In July, researchers at the University of Tokyo will announce a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams.

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough
From ACM TechNews

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education...

How the Government Can Read Your Email
From ACM News

How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Beyond the Five Senses
From ACM News

Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors
From ACM News

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
From ACM TechNews

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language
From ACM TechNews

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language

The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette
From ACM TechNews

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power
From ACM TechNews

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky
From ACM TechNews

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
From ACM News

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.
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