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October 2017


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Organization to Teach Coding to Girls in Detroit Area

Organization to Teach Coding to Girls in Detroit Area

The Oakland, CA-based Black Girls CODE organization, which introduces young African-American, Latino, and Native American females to computer science, is opening a chapter in Detroit.


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How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World For ­.s. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs…


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Shafi Goldwasser Appointed Director of the Simons Institute For the Theory of Computing

Shafi Goldwasser Appointed Director of the Simons Institute For the Theory of Computing

The Turing laureate will become the new director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley, on January 1, 2018.


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The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit

The World's Oldest Scientific Satellite Is Still in Orbit

From his desk at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer keeps track of the 23,000 or so catalogued objects currently orbiting the Earth.


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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth.


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Building the Blockchain to End All Blockchains

Building the Blockchain to End All Blockchains

Despite the potential benefits of blockchain technology, it needs to overcome challenges in scalability, speed, and flexibility.


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Discovery and Innovation to Quicken With Supercomputer's $1-Million ­pgrade

Discovery and Innovation to Quicken With Supercomputer's $1-Million ­pgrade

A $1-million grant will help Clemson University's Palmetto Cluster supercomputer aid researchers in accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and technological innovation.


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Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy

Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy

Researchers say they have outlined a way to achieve quantum supremacy, demonstrating a proof-of-principle version of a quantum computer.


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Out of Sight, Into Mind

Out of Sight, Into Mind

Researchers are working to project an image directly into one's brain, completely bypassing the eyes.


From ACM Careers

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company's size has made it too attractive as a target for government regulators.


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National Academy of Engineering Announces Winners of 2017 Ramo Founders and Bueche Awards

National Academy of Engineering Announces Winners of 2017 Ramo Founders and Bueche Awards

The National Academy of Engineering's Simon Ramo Founders Award was to be presented to John E. Hopcroft on Sunday for his research contributions and leadership in engineering.


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How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

About as many Democrats live in Wisconsin as Republicans do.


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Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.


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Good Vibrations For the Future of Computing

Good Vibrations For the Future of Computing

Researchers say they have demonstrated a new technology based on mechanical vibrations to perform logic operations.


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Scientists Store Miles Davis and Deep Purple Audio Recordings on Dna in a Historic First

Scientists Store Miles Davis and Deep Purple Audio Recordings on Dna in a Historic First

Researchers say they have successfully encoded two high-quality audio recordings onto artificial DNA, the first time this has been accomplished for the purposes of long-term data storage.


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Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed

Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed

Two researchers say they have built a proof-of-principle algorithm that destroys itself after use.


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An Edible Actuator For Ingestible Robots

An Edible Actuator For Ingestible Robots

Researchers recently unveiled a prototype for a soft, edible pneumatic actuator fabricated from gelatin, which can serve as a crucial mechanism for ingestible robots.


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Filling the Pipeline For Computer Science Teachers

Filling the Pipeline For Computer Science Teachers

A shortage of computer science teachers is impeding state and local educators' adoption of new computer science mandates for students.


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Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Engineers have used a supercomputing technique that mimics natural selection to design the internal structure of an aircraft wing from scratch.


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Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America By ­sing Facebook Tool to Id and Influence Voters

Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages designed to influence…


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Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are constructing the first-ever end-to-end simulation code to capture the geology and physics of regional earthquakes, and characterize how tremors…


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­wm-Developed App Helps Protect Patients' Brains During Surgery

­wm-Developed App Helps Protect Patients' Brains During Surgery

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) say they have developed NeuroMapper, a tablet-based application that helps doctors make better decisions during brain surgeries.


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Hpc, Analytical ­ltracentrifugation, and a New Detector

Hpc, Analytical ­ltracentrifugation, and a New Detector

Recent insights into how the West Nile virus replicates using cell proteins were gained using analytical ultracentrifugation technology.


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Brain-Controlled Drones Are Here

Brain-Controlled Drones Are Here

Panos Artemiadis at Arizona State University's Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab says the next three to five years will likely see the advent of unmanned vehicle swarms controlled by human-brain interfaces. 


From ACM Careers

'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street

'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street

A major breakthrough in cryptography may have solved one of the biggest obstacles to using blockchain technology on Wall Street: keeping transaction data private.


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A Summer Away From the Keyboard

A Summer Away From the Keyboard

Three computer science students explain the pros and cons of spending their summer away from coding.


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The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner

The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner

It might be lingering bashfully on the icy outer edges of our solar system, hiding in the dark, but subtly pulling strings behind the scenes: stretching out the orbits of distant bodies, perhaps even tilting the entire solar …


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Cryo-Electron Microscopy Wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

One of the many perks of being human (upright walking, big brains, we can win awards) is our ability to transcend the limits of our senses. Take vision, for instance.


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China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Chinese researchers have completed a practical demonstration of quantum key distribution, showing that it's possible to encrypt and send data between two locations in a highly secure way.


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A Field Farmed Only By Drones

A Field Farmed Only By Drones

Across the United Kingdom, the last of the spring barley has been brought in from the fields, the culmination of an agricultural calendar whose rhythm has remained unchanged for millennia.