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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world. However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels ... read more

Super Mario Gets Social Intelligence

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer scientists help the popular jump ‘n’ run game figures learn to observe, collaborate – and even switch ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — New transparent metamaterials under development could make possible computer chips and interconnecting circuits that use light instead of electrons to process and transmit data, representing a ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Avatars are all around us: they represent real people online and colonise new worlds in the movies. In science, their role has been more limited. But avatars can be extremely useful in linguistics, ... read more

Bitcoin Study Reveals False Beliefs on Ease of Use and Privacy

Jan. 26, 2016 — People who have used Bitcoin, and those who don't have any experience with it, have something in common: Both groups share misconceptions about how the controversial digital currency actually ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Computer modeling technologies are being developed to help engineers design better machines. The models are being applied to wind turbines, artificial hearts and gas ... read more

Using Artificial Intelligence and Evolution to Take Gaming to the Next Level

Jan. 25, 2016 — You have a new video game and have spent weeks trying to defend yourself against your arch enemy. You finally found his weakness and how to stop him, and are joyfully exacting revenge. But one day ... read more

The Indigenous Internet

Jan. 25, 2016 — Improving computer literacy and building internet and communications technology (ICT) skills in Indigenous communities is more about understanding the opportunities rather than imposing ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Systems for handling massive digital datasets could make impossibly complex problems solvable, new research ... read more

New Reconstruction Method Improves Facial Recognition for Forensic Purposes

Jan. 21, 2016 — An improved reconstruction method for facial recognition based on camera images has been invented by researchers. This method yields a better score in ninety percent of the examined cases, and helps ... read more

Quantum Computing Is Coming -- Are You Prepared for It?

Jan. 20, 2016 — Quantum computing will change lives, society and the economy and a working system is expected to be developed by 2020, according to a leading figure in the world of quantum ... read more

GIMPS Project Discovers Largest Known Prime Number

Jan. 20, 2016 — The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) has discovered the new largest known prime number, having 22,338,618 digits, on a university computer volunteered by Curtis Cooper for the project. ... read more

Bismuth-Based Nanoribbons Show 'Topological' Transport, Potential for New Technologies

Jan. 19, 2016 — Researchers have created nanoribbons of an emerging class of materials called topological insulators and used a magnetic field to control their semiconductor properties, a step toward harnessing the ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new way of seeing electrons cool off in an extremely short time ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — A synthesizable graphics processor unit (GPU) architectural model has been developed for general-purpose and graphics-specific workloads. This marks the first time a team has taken an open-source GPU ... read more

Physicists Develop a Cooling System for the Processors of the Future

Jan. 19, 2016 — A solution has been found to the problem of overheating of active plasmonic components. These components will be essential for high-speed data transfer within the optoelectronic microprocessors of ... read more

Better Design Improves Understanding of Online Privacy Notices

Jan. 16, 2016 — Privacy policies for websites, smartphone apps and, especially, components of the emerging Internet of Things are usually ineffective or ignored by users, but researchers say properly designed ... read more

Feral Cats: Computational Study Looks at How Best to Fix the Nuisance

Jan. 16, 2016 — The first computational model to track the size, location and nuisance of feral cat colonies has been developed by researchers. This issue concerns communities across the United States that hold some ... read more

First All-Antiferromagnetic Memory Device Could Get Digital Data Storage in a Spin

Jan. 14, 2016 — If you haven't already heard of antiferromagnetic spintronics it won't be long before you do. This relatively unused class of magnetic materials could be about to transform our digital ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — A new lab will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely, American scientists report. Researchers from universities, as well as middle and high school students, will ... read more

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