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Japan's Scientific Prowess in Critical Condition

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:37

Japan's scientific might is in danger of decline. The country's sluggish science and technology budget is making it difficult to secure talent, and research facilities are suffering from the deficit.

Meet the Nerds Coding Their Way Through the Afghanistan War

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:50

A disembodied voice sounded over a loudspeaker. "Incoming. Take cover," it warned to anyone within earshot. Then, the sirens began to wail.

As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 09:25

Exploding interest in computer science courses across the United States has coincided with an undesirable side effect: a spate of high-tech collegiate plagiarism.

Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates to Embrace Globalism, 'a Sense of Purpose'

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:41

Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg returned to the university Thursday to give graduates a commencement address, filled with calls for building a connected world "where every single person has a sense of purpose."

Monument to Peer Review Unveiled in Moscow

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:25

A 1.5-tonne stone tribute to peer review is the latest addition to Moscow's rich cultural heritage.

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:59

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using knives and a machete.

Who Feels the Pain of Science Research Budget Cuts?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:02

Science funding is intended to support the production of new knowledge and ideas that develop new technologies, improve medical treatments and strengthen the economy.

Why Researchers Should Share Computer Code

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:22

An article published in the journal Nature Neuroscience provides conventions and tools that researchers can use to make code sharing easier and more efficient.

UIUC Gets $100K Grant for Supporting Women in Computer Science

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:16

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently received the $100,000 grand prize of the National Center for Women in Information Technology NEXT Award.

St. Petersburg ITMO Team Wins First Place at ICPC World Finals

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:12

St. Petersburg ITMO University, a perennial contender in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), won the 2017 World Finals on Wednesday in Rapid City, South Dakota. The university's team has won the prestigious competition in seven of the last 13 years.

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:04

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

The 10 Best Computer Science Schools in Europe

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:19

A computer science degree from a top university can help graduates land their dream job. Which universities have the top computer science and information systems courses in Europe?

Top Hacker Conference to Target Voting Machines

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:16

Hackers will target American voting machines—as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. 

Can the American Heartland Remake Itself in the Image of Silicon Valley? One Startup Finds Out

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:01

Ross Diedrich had gone pale and raw-boned. The CEO of a year-old startup in Denver, he'd stay at his office until the middle of the night, go home and sleep for about five hours, then chug a spinach smoothie and start again.

Opening Ceremony Kicks Off ACM-ICPC as Competition Nears 

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:34

Hundreds of people gathered in the theater at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., on Monday (May 22) as students, coaches, and community members attended the 2017 ACM-ICPC Opening Ceremony. 

Gaming and Touring Prep Students for Programming Contest

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:44

Students and coaches are exploring local attractions, playing competitive games, and attending the Competitive Learning Symposium in advance of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition.

ACM-ICPC Has Outgrown Its Humble Start

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:51

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition draws the best collegiate programmers from around the world, but it started as a humble statewide competition.

International Competitors Head to Rapid City for ACM-ICPC

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:37

Finalist teams from around the world descended on Rapid City, South Dakota this past weekend for the ACM-ICPC World Finals. Sightseeing and some cultural adjustments were in order.

Will machine learning prevent us from achieving the goals of teaching computing to everyone?

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 04:04

 At TURC, ACM leaders consider the future of AI, and I ask about the implications for computing education