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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 18: cracker or hacker? Cyber security
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 18: cracker or hacker? Cyber security

It’s Day 18 of the CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar. We’ve been posting a computing-themed article linked to the picture on the ‘front’ of the advent calendar...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 17: pocket-switching networked reindeer
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 17: pocket-switching networked reindeer

Gosh, Christmas is just around the corner! It’s Day 17 of the CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar and we’ve posted a blog post every day since 1 December,...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 16: candy cane or walking aid: designing for everyone, human computer interaction
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 16: candy cane or walking aid: designing for everyone, human computer interaction

Welcome to Day 16 of the CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar in which we’re posting a blog post every day in December until (and including) Christmas Day....

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 15: a candle: optical fibre, optical illusions
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 15: a candle: optical fibre, optical illusions

After yesterday’s tinsel image inspiring a cable / broadband speeds themed post, today’s CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar picture of a candle has of course...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 14: Why is your internet so slow + a festive kriss-kross puzzle
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 14: Why is your internet so slow + a festive kriss-kross puzzle

Today’s CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar is showing a picture of shiny tinsel, which reminds me a bit of computer cables. At least, enough to theme this...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 13: woolly hat: warming versus cooling
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 13: woolly hat: warming versus cooling

Welcome to Day 3 of the CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar. The picture on the ‘box’ was a woolly bobble / pom-pom hat, so let’s see if we can find something...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 12: Computer Memory – Molecules and Memristors
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 12: Computer Memory – Molecules and Memristors

Computer memory molecular style, memristors, maths puzzle answer and a “20 questions” activity Remember remember the 24th of December – as that’s the day to hang...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 11: the proof of the pudding… mathematical proof
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 11: the proof of the pudding… mathematical proof

A mathematical proof and a maths puzzle (but no hard sums, promise). Thank you to everyone who’s been reading our Advent Calendar and said nice things about itContinue...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 10: #AI – Holly, Ivy and Alexa – chatbots & the useful skill of file management. Plus win at noughts and crosses
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 10: #AI – Holly, Ivy and Alexa – chatbots & the useful skill of file management. Plus win at noughts and crosses

Venues around the UK will be livestreaming the Royal Institution's AI-themed Christmas Lectures this week (you can get tickets). Today's post features chatbots...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 8: gifts, and wrapping – Tim Berners-Lee, Right to Repair & another computing puzzle
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 8: gifts, and wrapping – Tim Berners-Lee, Right to Repair & another computing puzzle

Possibly one of the few times a computer scientist has been cheered at a major sporting event :)

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 7: Computing for the birds: dawn chorus, birds as data carriers and a Google April Fool (plus a puzzle!)
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 7: Computing for the birds: dawn chorus, birds as data carriers and a Google April Fool (plus a puzzle!)

Welcome to Day 7 of our advent calendar. Yesterday’s post was about Printed Circuit Birds Boards, today’s theme is the Christmas robin redbreast which featuresContinue...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 6: patterned bauble: tracing patterns in computing – printed circuit boards, spotting links and a puzzle for tourists
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 6: patterned bauble: tracing patterns in computing – printed circuit boards, spotting links and a puzzle for tourists

Patterned baubles reminded us of printed circuit boards, and a puzzle to do with maps.

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 5: snowman: analog hydraulic computers (aka water computers), digital compression, and a puzzle
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 5: snowman: analog hydraulic computers (aka water computers), digital compression, and a puzzle

We recommend keeping water (and snow) away from devices, but did you know you can make computers out of water?!

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 4: Ice skate: detecting neutrinos at the South Pole, figure-skating motion capture, Frozen and a puzzle
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 4: Ice skate: detecting neutrinos at the South Pole, figure-skating motion capture, Frozen and a puzzle

This post is part of the CS4FN Christmas Computing Advent Calendar and we are publishing a small post every day, about computer science, until Christmas Day. This...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 3: snowflakes – make your own six-sided HexaHexaFlexagon with our templates
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 3: snowflakes – make your own six-sided HexaHexaFlexagon with our templates

Print and colour in (optional) a HexaHexaFlexagon then see if you can uncover all of Father Christmas' presents...

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 2: Pairs: mittens, gloves, pair programming, magic tricks
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 2: Pairs: mittens, gloves, pair programming, magic tricks

Day 2 of our Christmas computing advent calendar and we're already seeing double.

CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 1: Woolly jumpers, knitting and coding
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CS4FN Advent 2023 – Day 1: Woolly jumpers, knitting and coding

Hooray it's December! We have lots of fun Christmas- and computing-themed stuff we hope you will enjoy. First up: the links between knitting and coding.

Free event for families and schools: the Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution
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Free event for families and schools: the Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution

FREE: Come and see a TV programme being made at the People's Palace on Mile End Road (other UK venues available). It's time for the annual Royal Institution Christmas...

Blade: the emotional computer.
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Blade: the emotional computer.

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Communicating with computers is clunky to say the least – we even have to go to IT classes to learn how to talkContinue...

Why the Romans were pants at maths
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Why the Romans were pants at maths

In case you've ever wondered how on earth the Romans multiplied numbers using Roman numerals...
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