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October 2017


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Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Code.org estimates fewer than half of U.S. K-12 schools offer computer science courses, which a 2016 Google-Gallup survey elevates to 75% when accounting for after-school activities and clubs.


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USC ISI Researchers Poised to Crack the Code on Reducing Workplace Stress

USC ISI Researchers Poised to Crack the Code on Reducing Workplace Stress

Researchers aim to relieve workplace stress by first understanding its causes.


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Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members all have access to the software code used to run their multi-step…


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Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Late one night in September, Victor Cruz, a geophysicist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, submitted an article to a scientific journal describing progress on a network of underwater seismic sensors to be deployed off…


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How a 130-Year-Old Technology Led to a Nobel Prize

How a 130-Year-Old Technology Led to a Nobel Prize

In 1887, Albert Michelson built an experiment that he hoped would lead to the detection of luminiferous ether.


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Office of Naval Research Awards UW-Madison $6.1 Million for Computer Security Research

Office of Naval Research Awards UW-Madison $6.1 Million for Computer Security Research

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded a $6.1-million grant to a University of Wisconsin-Madison containerization project associated with software security, manageability, and performance.


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Southampton Experts to Trial 'Instant' Test for Eye Infections

Southampton Experts to Trial 'Instant' Test for Eye Infections

A new microchip can quickly identify serious eye infections and prevent antibiotic misuse by analyzing bacteria from laboratory-infected tissue samples.


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UMD-Led Project Awarded NSF Grant to Study Big Data Ethics

UMD-Led Project Awarded NSF Grant to Study Big Data Ethics

The Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project is using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study ethical issues related to user consent, risk assessment, and regulations.


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E-Commerce Supports Data-Driven Economic Development

E-Commerce Supports Data-Driven Economic Development

The integration of "pure play" e-commerce and brick-and-mortar goods and services is accelerating.


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Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing" a rifle—pulling the trigger of the weapon without a bullet in …


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Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database

Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database

From mining projects to oil and gas operations, human activity has set off earthquakes around the world and in many geological settings.


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Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.


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Trump's Top Science Adviser Job Vacant Eight Months After Inauguration

Trump's Top Science Adviser Job Vacant Eight Months After Inauguration

President Donald Trump has yet to choose a top science adviser, and a former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology is raising an alarm about what he calls the "very sizable vacuum" that persists in the …


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Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue

Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue

The ability to convert, or "reprogram" cells into other types has raised hopes for regenerating damaged limbs and organs. But existing methods are risky or inefficient and have been tried only on laboratory animals.


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The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

Keeping bitcoin running via the process of "mining" consumes a staggering amount of electricity, and experts are investigating energy-saving solutions.


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The Benefits and Risks of Using Talking Software to Address Mental Health

The Benefits and Risks of Using Talking Software to Address Mental Health

Stanford University scholars Adam Miner, Arnold Milstein, and Jeff Hancock discuss the growing use of conversational software programs as a tool in mental health therapy.


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Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

In some respects, computers can be more intelligent than humans in terms of learning and problem solving, according to experts.


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In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

Researchers have found deep neural networks can be superior to humans in conducting visual searches, because the networks do not overlook mis-scaled targets.


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Sebastian Thrun Talks Flying Cars, Automated Teaching, and an AI Arms Race With China

Sebastian Thrun Talks Flying Cars, Automated Teaching, and an AI Arms Race With China

Google moonshot lab X co-founder Sebastian Thrun says flying cars are ready to be built, given advances in unmanned drone technology.


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The State of Women in Computer Science

The State of Women in Computer Science

Several factors are preventing women from pursuing and persisting in computer science majors.


From Communications of the ACM

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.


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Digital Hearing

Digital Hearing

Advances in audio processing help separate the conversation from background noise.


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Portable Device Fears Show Power of Social Development

Portable Device Fears Show Power of Social Development

How do small screens impact young minds?

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