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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees
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Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to help public universities produce 31,000 additional degree-holders in computer science and related disciplines over...

International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy
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International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy

A study by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement found inconsistent computer literacy rates across 12 countries.

NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan
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NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan

The plan includes $2 million in state grants to help schools establish advanced, high-quality computer science programs.

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom
From ACM TechNews

Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom

Parents and students are grappling with the privacy implications of software increasingly used by U.S. schools, including apps that monitor students' movements—even...

RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge
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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT researchers took the top prize in Facebook Research's OpenEDS Challenge for developing a real-time eye-tracking technique.

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions
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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the...

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
From Communications of the ACM

When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award
From ACM News

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award

Fox was recognized for "foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, data analysis, and their interface with broad classes...

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply
From ACM News

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow.

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good
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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.

Women in STEM: No Simple Answers
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Women in STEM: No Simple Answers

National averages of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions vary greatly, for many reasons.

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars
From ACM TechNews

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Amazon Web Services developed the DeepRacer League, a competition designed to teach a branch of artificial intelligence known as reinforcement learning.
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