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October 2017 — November 2017

A Third of the Internet is Under Attack (Nov 19, 2017)
For the first time, researchers have carried out a large-scale analysis of victims of internet denial-of-service (DoS) attacks worldwide. And what they found is, in a phrase from their study, “an eye-opening statistic”. Spanning two years, from March 2015 to February 2017, the researchers found that about one-third of the IPv4 address space was subject to some kind of DoS attacks, where a perpetrator maliciously disrupts services of a host connected to the internet. IPv4 is the fourth versio...
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Researchers Teach Computer to Recognize Emotions in Speech (Nov 19, 2017)
Experts of the Faculty of Informatics, Mathematics, and Computer Science at the Higher School of Economics have created an automatic system capable of identifying emotions in the sound of a voice. Their report was presented at a major international conference - Neuroinformatics-2017. For a long time, computers have successfully converted speech into text. However, the emotional component, which is important for conveying meaning, has been neglected.

Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer (Nov 18, 2017)
Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation, however, because quantum systems are very sensitive to environmental noise. Although systems can be protected from noise in principle, researchers have been able to build only small prototypes of quantum computers experimentally.

Early Introduction to Computer Science Will Prepare Students for More Careers (Nov 18, 2017)
At a summit in Tokyo on Friday, President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump made a statement that minorities and women need to better represented in STEM careers. Unlike any of the rhetoric her father spews, her proclamation was based on truths, especially when it comes to computer science.

Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future (Nov 17, 2017)
Every day, websites you visit and smartphone apps that you use are crunching huge sets of data to find things that resemble each other: products that are similar to your past purchases; songs that are similar to tunes you've liked; faces that are similar to people you've identified in photos. All these tasks are known as similarity searches, and the ability to perform these massive matching games well—and fast—has been an ongoing challenge for computer scientists.

Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t) (Nov 17, 2017)
The national priority in education can be summed up in a four-letter acronym: STEM. And that’s understandable. A country’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is vital in generating economic growth, advancing scientific innovation and creating good jobs. The STEM campaign has been underway for years, championed by policymakers across the ideological spectrum, embraced in schools everywhere and by organizations ranging from the YWCA to the Boy Scouts.

Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities (Nov 16, 2017)
Black holes make for a great space mystery. They’re so massive that nothing, not even light, can escape a black hole once it gets close enough. A great mystery for scientists is that there’s evidence of powerful jets of electrons and protons that shoot out of the top and bottom of some black holes. Yet no one knows how these jets form.

How are Psychology and Computer Science Related? (Nov 16, 2017)
What is the relationship between psychology and computer science? There’s two ways to parse this question: "what’s the relationship between computer science and academic psychology?", and "what’s the relationship between computer science and psychology in the sense of “how people think?"

New Method Developed to 3-D Print Fully Functional Electronic Circuits (Nov 15, 2017)
Researchers at the University of Nottingham have pioneered a breakthrough method to rapidly 3D print fully functional electronic circuits. The circuits, which contain electrically-conductive metallic inks and insulating polymeric inks, can now be produced in a single inkjet printing process where a UV light rapidly solidifies the inks.

How 3 Women are Changing the Face of STEM (Nov 15, 2017)
Nov. 8 was national STEM day, something Zahra Hazari knows a lot about. She is trying to recruit at least 10,000 more women to pursue physics degrees in the United States by 2020. It’s an endeavor that would have seemed impossible 30 years ago, a time when no one seemed to care that women were not flocking to careers in science, technology, engineering or math — no one except an elite few like Yesim Darici.

House Subcommittee Tackles US Competitiveness in Quantum Computing (Nov 14, 2017)
How important is quantum computing? How are U.S. quantum research efforts stacking up against the rest of the world? What should a national quantum computing policy, if any, look like? Is the U.S. really falling behind in the crucial area? Late last month six leaders from government and industry tackled these questions at the Subcommittee on Research & Technology and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing – American Leadership in Quantum Technology.

Composable Infrastructure: Composing Greater HPC Breakthroughs (Nov 14, 2017)
Those outside of the high performance computing (HPC) industry have difficulty understanding why HPC is so important to everyone. HPC vendors generate an endless stream of announcements about technological advancements that many industry outsiders probably tune out. But these advancements in HPC technology make everyone’s lives better every day in ways people may not realize. High performance computing plays a role in scientific discoveries, military defense, medical research, artificial intel...
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Web-Based System Automatically Evaluates Proposals From Far-Flung Data Scientists (Nov 13, 2017)
In the analysis of big data sets, the first step is usually the identification of "features"—data points with particular predictive power or analytic utility. Choosing features usually requires some human intuition. For instance, a sales database might contain revenues and date ranges, but it might take a human to recognize that average revenues—revenues divided by the sizes of the ranges—is the really useful metric.

How to Store Information in Your Clothes Invisibly, Without Electronics (Nov 13, 2017)
The UW computer scientists have created fabrics and fashion accessories that can store data -- from security codes to identification tags -- without needing any on-board electronics or sensors. As described in a paper presented at the Association for Computing Machinery's User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST 2017), they leveraged previously unexplored magnetic properties of off-the-shelf conductive thread. The data can be read using an instrument embedded in existing smartphone...
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PSC, XSEDE Support Gene Assembly of Key Aquaculture Species (Nov 12, 2017)
Commercial abalone “aquaculture”—farming the shellfish in enclosures—has exploded over the past decade, becoming a $100-million global industry. Understanding the DNA of the abaloneis key to improving and expanding its aquaculture for California producers. That’s why scientists at Iowa State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked with PSC experts to “assemble” the DNA sequences of several species of abalone on the Bridges supercomputer.

White House Official: Investing in Computer Science Education Will Pay Off (Nov 12, 2017)
Computer science education in K-12 and at the college level will propel today’s students into careers that allow them to “do amazing things in the economy,” Matt Lira said to an audience of government and industry technology experts. Lira, special assistant for Innovation Policy and Initiatives at the White House’s Office of American Innovation, highlighted the Trump administration’s recent STEM announcement, which instructs the U.S. Department of Education to direct at least $200 mill...
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Universities Aren’t Preparing Enough Computer Science Teachers (Nov 11, 2017)
As states and districts ramp up efforts to increase computer science offerings in schools, they often stop in their tracks and ask us, “but where do the teachers come from?” Good question. has prepared teachers from every subject area to begin teaching computer science. And, we’ve seen first hand how many of them are eager and excited to teach this fundamental subject despite being certified in English, math, history, and other subject areas. So, why aren’t there more computer s...
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Computer Science Educators to Decode Field’s Future at Event (Nov 11, 2017)
Educators looking to gain the inspiration and tools they need to teach all students to become literate in computer science and to ready the next generation of engineers, coders and industry visionaries gathered at UMass Lowell for a first-of-its-kind conference. Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser and Steve Vinter, Google's executive coach and tech leadership development adviser, are scheduled to deliver keynote addresses at "Working Together to Strengthen K-12 Computer Science," t...
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Can Vector Supercomputing Be Revived? (Nov 10, 2017)
Seymour Cray loved vector supercomputers, and made the second part of that term a household word because of it. NEC, the last of the pure vector supercomputer makers, is so excited about its new “Aurora” SX-10+ vector processor and the “Tsubasa” supercomputer that will use it that it forgot to announce the processor to the world when it previewed the system this week.

Students Explore Immigration Through a Big Data Lens (Nov 10, 2017)
Supercomputers have helped scientists discover merging black holes and design new nanomaterials, but can they help solve society's most challenging policy issues? At the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (also known as Supercomputing 2017 or SC17) in Denver, Colorado, from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will learn how to use advanced computing skills to explore the nation's i...
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ORNL, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities (Nov 9, 2017)
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering with the city of Oak Ridge to develop UrbanSense, a comprehensive sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate trends in urban activity. The project, initiated by ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute, centers on addressing cities’ real-world challenges through applied urban science.

Designing HPC, Big Data, & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale (Nov 9, 2017)
In this video from HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, DK Panda from Ohio State University presents: Designing HPC, Big Data & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale. "This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Big Data, and Deep Learning middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss about the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP, and CUDA) programming models."

Single Nanoparticle Mapping Paves the Way for Better Nanotechnology (Nov 1, 2017)
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

Data Is Not The New Oil (Nov 1, 2017)
How do you know when a pithy phrase or seductive idea has become fashionable in policy circles? When The Economist devotes a briefing to it. In a briefing and accompanying editorial earlier this summer, that distinguished newspaper (it's a magazine, but still calls itself a newspaper, and I'm happy to indulge such eccentricity) argued that data is today what oil was a century ago.

Focus Computer Science Funding on Teacher Training, Founder Says (Oct 31, 2017)
Every dollar devoted to computer science education should be spent on professional development for teachers, said Hadi Partovi, the founder and CEO of That includes “100 percent,” he said, of the $200 million the Trump administration has directed the U.S. Department of Education to spend on STEM and computer science programs each year.

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