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Filling the Pipeline for Computer Science Teachers

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:00

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

Supercomputer Redesign of Aeroplane Wing Mirrors Bird Anatomy

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:30

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

Russians Took a Page from Corporate America by Using Facebook Tool to ID and Influence Voters

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:08

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 their political behavior, say people familiar with the investigation into foreign meddling in the U.S. election.

HPC, Analytical Ultracentrifugation, and a New Detector

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:00

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

Brain-Controlled Drones Are Here

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:00

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. 

UWM-Developed App Helps Protect Patients' Brains During Surgery

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:00

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.

Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:00

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 affect buildings, as part of the DOE's Exascale Computing Project. 

'Mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work for Wall Street

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:20

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

A Summer Away From the Keyboard

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:39

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

The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:37

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 system to one side.

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:44

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.

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:18

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.

A Field Farmed Only by Drones

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:30

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.

Phone-Powered AI Spots Sick Plants With Remarkable Accuracy

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University say they have designed a smartphone-based neural-network program that can automatically identify diseases in the cassava plant with near-flawless accuracy. 

A Sea of Spinning Electrons

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have found a sea of electrons that spin in opposing circles, a phenomenon known as the chiral spin mode.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient data storage system.

Functional Languages Beat Procedural/Object-Oriented

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of California-Davis say they have completed a study evaluating the impact of programming languages on software quality, and found functional languages are superior to procedural/object-oriented languages in some respects.

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

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

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

Improving K–12 Computer Science Education

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

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.

Two Intelligent Vehicles Are Better Than One

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to improve intelligent vehicle systems by combining the data collected by such a vehicle with that collected from other intelligent vehicles.

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