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Mapping the Mind's Eye
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Mapping the Mind's Eye

Researchers used applied differential geometry to develop a framework to quantify retinotopic maps in V1, one of 14 areas of the brain devoted to visual processing...

NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots
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NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots

NASA's Lunabotics Junior Contest offers students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design lunar-excavating robots.

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks
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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide...

Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles
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Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles

A study found that lower-performing computer science students reported higher stress levels than higher-performing students.

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups
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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance
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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.

Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM
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Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM

The ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication has awarded its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Hari Balakrishnan...

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
From Communications of the ACM

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts
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Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts

University of Notre Dame researchers are developing a neural network to read ancient, hand-written texts using human perception to enhance deep learning-based document...

Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School
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Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School

An Accenture survey found that movies, TV, and social media are more likely than schools or teachers to be the main source of information about careers in technology...

Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors
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Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning teaching tool designed to assist computer science professors in gauging feedback from large numbers...

The Unionization of Technology Companies
From Communications of the ACM

The Unionization of Technology Companies

New unions could change how tech giants engage with their employees.

Upholding ACM's Principles
From Communications of the ACM

Upholding ACM's Principles

Repeated ethical violations ends with membership revocation and ban.

Will AI Grade Your Next Test?
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Will AI Grade Your Next Test?

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system designed to provide automated feedback to students taking the online Code in Place...

The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell
From ACM TechNews

The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell

Researchers have developed the world's first computer model of a cancer cell, which could revolutionize cancer research.

At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining
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At a Summer Camp, Juice Boxes and Bitcoin Mining

The Crypto Kids Camp hosted five days of activities in Los Angeles to familiarize 26 children ages five to 17 with money and cryptocurrency.

What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?
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What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?

Different universities have different answers for the question, reflecting both their teaching philosophies and their sense of which language will prove most important...

Georgia Tech's Online MS In Computer Science Continues To Thrive
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Georgia Tech's Online MS In Computer Science Continues To Thrive

Why that's important for the future of MOOCs.

Raj Reddy Honored by Computer History Museum
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Raj Reddy Honored by Computer History Museum

Turing Award recipient Reddy was recognized for his contributions in artificial intelligence and speaker-independent continuous speech recognition.
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