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August 2015 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2015.

How Oculus and Cardboard Are Going to Rock the Travel Industry

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-19/how-oculus-and-cardboard-are-going-to-rock-the-travel-industry

How to get started with Cardboard, Google’s DIY virtual reality headset

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2885333/laptop-computers/how-to-get-started-with-cardboard-googles-diy-virtual-reality-headset.html

Answer to a 150-Year-Old Math Conundrum Brings More Mystery

http://www.wired.com/2015/06/answer-150-year-old-math-conundrum-brings-mystery/

The Web is getting its bytecode: WebAssembly

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/06/the-web-is-getting-its-bytecode-webassembly/

The Future of Programming: WebAssembly & Life After JavaScript

http://www.sitepoint.com/future-programming-webassembly-life-after-javascript

CubeSats will escort NASA’s InSight lander to Mars in 2016

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/13/nasa-insight-marco-cubesats-mars/

Hack of cloud-based LastPass exposes hashed master passwords

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/hack-of-cloud-based-lastpass-exposes-encrypted-master-passwords/

Bust boredom with these adorable mini paper kites!

http://onecreativemommy.com/bust-boredom-with-these-adorable-mini-paper-kites/

Of mud pies, muscle and science education

http://blogs.nature.com/aviewfromthebridge/2015/07/16/of-mud-pies-muscle-and-science-education/

The Square Kilometre Array: radio silence in Western Australia for most powerful telescope in history

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jul/17/the-square-kilometre-array-radio-silence-in-western-australia-for-most-powerful-telescope-in-history

An Asteroid Mining Test Vehicle Just Launched From The Space Station

http://www.popsci.com/asteroid-mining-test-vehicle-just-launched-space-station

New Horizons Flew By Pluto Using A Playstation CPU

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/07/16/the-pluto-spacecraft-is-running-on-an-original-playstation-cpu/

Stunning Sim Shows How Far Hit Songs Have Traveled in Space

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/stunning-sim-shows-far-hit-songs-traveled-space/

Design Circuits in a Flash with Web-Based Circuit Simulator

http://makezine.com/2015/07/14/design-circuits-web-based-circuit-simulator/
http://www.falstad.com/circuit/

Learn How Hex Color-Codes Work By Playing Space Invaders

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048489/learn-how-hex-color-codes-work-by-playing-space-invaders
http://www.hexinvaders.com/

MIT’s Computer Program Fixes Old Code Way Faster Than Humans Can

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a16408/helium-software-fixer/
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/computer-program-fixes-old-code-faster-than-expert-engineers-0609

Airlines Can’t Use Fast-Boarding Algorithms Because Humans Can’t Follow Directions

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/airlines-cant-use-fast-boarding-algorithms-because-humans-cant-follow-directions

FCC commissioners disagree over whether Internet access is a “necessity”

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/07/fcc-commissioners-disagree-over-whether-internet-access-is-a-necessity/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/internet-is-not-a-human-right-fcc/

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048297/evidence/everything-science-knows-about-reading-on-screens

BBC Micro Bit computer’s final design revealed

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33409311
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/07/bbc-give-away-1m-microbit-computers-schoolchildren

Watch This Drone Explore Underground Tunnels Beneath London

http://www.popsci.com/watch-drone-explore-underground-tunnels

Vast Database of African Rock Art Goes Online

http://www.archaeology.org/news/3441-database-rock-art-africa-online
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/african_rock_art_image_project.aspx

Also In The August 2015 Issue

In his classroom, he and his students learn together as a community.

These fifth grade students use their genius hours and Trello software to answer tough questions.

Visual storytelling apps are a great way for kids to document and explore their lives.

Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone, Micro Bit, Edison, CHIP, and other handheld computers trace their history to board computers used by engineers.

Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr. helps schools and groups host one day hacking events for kids to work with local non-profit groups.

Resources based on teacher recommendations and other sources.

The new Sphero SPRK Edition makes it even easier for teachers, parents, and kids to learn math, robotics, and programming.

Facts, programs, and groups can help girls succeed at STEM careers.

She was in her 30s when she led the team that developed mission critical software used guide the Apollo moon landings.

Learn about and explore the code used to guide Apollo missions.

CRUD is a powerful concept used everywhere in software programming that uses a database.

Links from the bottom of all the August 2015 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2015.

Some thoughts on starting the third year of publishing this magazine and what's new this month.