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February 2014


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California Threatens Code Boot Camps With the Boot

California Threatens Code Boot Camps With the Boot

California educational regulators reportedly are pressuring several coding boot camps for operating as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions. 


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New Ink-Less Tech Prints With Water

New Ink-Less Tech Prints With Water

Chinese scientists have developed a new method for printing that uses water rather than ink. 


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Survey: Tech Workers Seek Larger Salaries in 2014

Survey: Tech Workers Seek Larger Salaries in 2014

Among tech workers who anticipate changing employers in 2014, 68 percent listed more compensation as their reason for leaving, according to a recent Dice.com survey. 


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Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years

Scientists Reading Fewer Papers For First Time in 35 Years

A 35-year trend of researchers reading ever more scholarly papers seems to have halted.


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Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna

Humanity's Forgotten Return to Africa Revealed in Dna

Call it humanity's unexpected U-turn.


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In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

Researchers supported by NASA's Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) program are designing algorithms and instruments that could help future robotic missions make their own decisions about surface…


From ACM Careers

Capturing Football's Snaps, Crackles, and Pops in Madden Nfl

Capturing Football's Snaps, Crackles, and Pops in Madden Nfl

The football players strutted down a 40-yard strip of synthetic turf, yelling, jumping and flailing their arms to whip the fans into a frenzy.


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Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests

Humans Came Long After Aliens, Scientist Suggests

I've never thought of humanity as being especially advanced.


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Cool Electronic Devices With More Heat

Cool Electronic Devices With More Heat

Researchers have found a way to optimize the heat in electronic gadgets to prevent failure due to overheating. 


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­a, Google Creating Digital Maps to Help Preserve Cultural Heritage of Russian Community

­a, Google Creating Digital Maps to Help Preserve Cultural Heritage of Russian Community

Researchers are developing digital maps of locations that hold cultural and historic significance to indigenous communities from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. 


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Conversation App Helps Parents Boost Child's Language

Conversation App Helps Parents Boost Child's Language

Parents with children who struggle to develop their language skills could soon turn to an app designed to provide real-time feedback on parent-child conversations. 


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'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers With Fake Secrets

'honey Encryption' Will Bamboozle Attackers With Fake Secrets

Researchers have developed an approach to cryptography that makes it difficult for hackers to determine when they have correctly deciphered a password.


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Stanford Researchers Reveal More About How Our Brains Control Our Arms

Stanford Researchers Reveal More About How Our Brains Control Our Arms

Researchers have written a mathematical analysis of how neurons in the brain control planned and unplanned arm movements. 


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New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing

New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing

Researchers recently demonstrated their new Look and Link wireless technology, which could improve device-to-device communications. 


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Building a Better Battery

Building a Better Battery

Some battery industry experts advise focusing on improving batteries by taking small steps, rather than trying to reinvent the battery itself. 


From ACM Careers

Tech's Diversity Problem Is Apparent as Early as High School

Tech's Diversity Problem Is Apparent as Early as High School

In three states, not a single girl took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test.

 


From Communications of the ACM

Should Everybody Learn to Code?

Should <i>Everybody</i> Learn to Code?

Not everyone needs coding skills, but learning how to think like a programmer can be useful in many disciplines.


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A New Type of Mathematics?

A New Type of Mathematics?

New discoveries expand the scope of computer-assisted proofs of theorems.


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ACM Fellows Inducted

ACM Fellows Inducted

ACM has recognized 50 of its members for their contributions to computing that are driving innovations across multiple domains and disciplines. 


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Computational Photography Comes Into Focus

Computational Photography Comes Into Focus

Advances in computational photography are making image capture the starting point. The technology is transforming the field.

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