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August 2016 News Wire

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2016.

The Struggle To Bring More Women Into Game Development

http://kotaku.com/the-struggle-to-bring-more-women-into-game-development-1783683864
http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/12/2/5143856/no-girls-allowed

Watch Full Episodes Online of Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers on PBS

http://www.pbs.org/show/secret-life-of-scientists/

The rise and fall of great world cities: 5,700 years of urbanisation – mapped

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jun/27/rise-fall-great-world-cities-5700-years-urbanisation-mapped

Finding MH370: How algorithms are helping to hone in on the missing plane

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/mh370-debris-scanning-location

Using a wireless keyboard? Your passwords can easily be spied on

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/07/27/using-a-wireless-keyboard-your-passwords-can-easily-be-spied-on/

Pinterest’s Founder: Algorithms Don’t Know What You Want

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/511096/pinterests-founder-algorithms-dont-know-what-you-want/

New attack bypasses HTTPS protection on Macs, Windows, and Linux

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/07/new-attack-that-cripples-https-crypto-works-on-macs-windows-and-linux/

More than half the world is still offline

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3099168/internet/more-than-half-the-world-is-still-offline.html

Software flaw puts mobile phones and networks at risk of complete takeover

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/07/software-flaw-puts-mobile-phones-and-networks-at-risk-of-complete-takeover/

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/28/chatbot-ai-lawyer-donotpay-parking-tickets-london-new-york
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/06/30/this-chatbot-is-responsible-for-more-than-160000-dismissed-parking-tickets/

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom

http://phys.org/news/2016-07-smallest-hard-disk-date-atom.html

The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

http://qz.com/726338/the-code-that-took-america-to-the-moon-was-just-published-to-github-and-its-like-a-1960s-time-capsule/
https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11/

To free the creative process from the keyboard, a designer invented off-screen tools for all to use

http://qz.com/724836/designers-work-better-with-their-hands-gadgets-to-wield-back-the-creative-process-from-the-computer/

The Beauty of Laplace’s Equation, Mathematical Key to … Everything

www.wired.com/2016/06/laplaces-equation-everywhere/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Simon_Laplace

This Funky New Turbine Can Bring Green Energy to Rural Areas

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-21/this-funky-new-turbine-can-bring-green-energy-to-rural-areas
http://icewind.is/en/wind-power/

DIRTT’s ICEreality puts VR to use for interior, office design

https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/17/dirtts-icereality-puts-vr-to-use-for-interior-office-design/
https://www.dirtt.net/

This autonomous, 3D-printed bus starts giving rides in Washington, DC today

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/16/11952072/local-motors-3d-printed-self-driving-bus-washington-dc-launch

Five subtle ways Facebook could influence the US presidential election this fall

http://qz.com/703680/five-subtle-ways-facebook-could-influence-the-us-presidential-election-this-fall/

Also In The August 2016 Issue

A thoughtful essay to inspire the start of a new school year.

Teacher and librarian Colleen Graves describes her journey with her students learning about invention literacy.

This summer two interesting books appeared, one teaches computer science concepts within a detective story, the other explores how teachers can use design thinking.

Makey Makey projects can teach kids about user interface and design cycles and empathy while having fun.

Forks are used in software development to describe how software projects evolve.

Board and card games organized by grade level, with links to more tools.

Schools and public libraries are perfect places for people to have fun and learn as they make things

Discrete math is an important computer science skill that introduces you to logic and logic circuits.

Creativity is innate in all people. Design thinking is a way to bring out and amplify this natural creativity.

While everybody on the planet has used a web browser, many people don't know about web browser history.

Here's how to tell if you are a beginner programmer or if your programming skills are evolving.

If you are looking for ways to learn a new programming language or framework, here are my 5 suggestions.

Links from the bottom of all the August 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for August 2016.

Computer science unplugged teaches how computers and computer science works, without the use of computers.

Paul describes his daily life as a programmer from Derby in the United Kingdom.