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News Wire Stories for December/January

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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of November 2013. More stories can be found at the News Wire link at the top of every page of this site.

Advanced Mathematics With Legos In A Washing Machine

Watch: Mobile Recycling Center Turns Soda Cans Into Trendy Stools

The Myth of “I Can’t Code”

10 Ingenious Bike Hacks

The New Lifecycle of Your Old iPhone

Early Technologies That Were Supposed to Disrupt Education

NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks with Malicious Software

Own a Street-Legal Flamethrowing Batmobile Replica for Just $200K

If you’re in New York City this holiday season, apparently their store has a hovercraft, submarine, and robot exhibit. The Batmobile is catalog-only.

The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

Can Facial Recognition Really Tell If a Kid Is Learning in Class?

How an Epic Blunder by Adobe Could Strengthen Hand of Password Crackers

Fridaygram: Connected Classrooms, Migrating Pronghorns, New Helpouts

Your Tweets Can Predict When You'll Get the Flu

Dear President Obama, We Need Title IX for Funding Women's Startups

Four Years of Go

The Go programming language, featured in the current December/January issue, turned four on November 10th!

Also In The December 2013 Issue

Siblings Pete and Alexa Ingram-Cauchi Talk iD Tech and Tech Summer Camps

They talk about how they started and run iDTech summer camps together and how parents can evaluate tech summer camps.

Where to Recycle Electronics

Here are a few places where you can recycle your old electronics safely.

What is a High Level Language?

What are the differences between high level languages and machine languages? And how do these differences impact coding?

An Interview with Boone Gorges

Learn how a humanities PhD became a software programmer who builds online communities for universities, as well as Lead Developer for BuddyPress and helping to create WordPress plugins like Anthologize and Participad.

How to Make (and Keep) New Years Resolutions

A few great ideas on how to make New Year's resolution you might actually keep, and have fun doing so. Whether you like structure or hate it, here are a few approaches and a number of resources to help.

News Wire Stories for December/January

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of November 2013.

No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it’s doing; but most of the time, we aren’t either.

The Hungry Camel

How many measures of grain can one camel eat while delivering grain, before the camel runs out of grain to deliver? A fun math problem at least 1,000 years old.

How to Do Online Research

Online research skills are critical for software programmers. It's how you learn any language, by searching for error messages and looking up reference material.


Almost all programming languages include the ability to add comments and other notes in your code. Here's how several languages work with comments.

Take Out the Garbage

In the same way your bedroom may be impossible to enter if you let dirty clothes pile up, computers can crash and refuse to operate if their memory is stuffed with unused data.

bin, boot, opt, and Linux File System Hierarchy Mysteries

The Linux directory structure looks confusing compared to Windows. Here are the names and purpose of each directory.

What is Localhost?

Localhost is available on most computers, usually to display web pages. It's also useful to use to learn coding on your computer.

The Paywall and Adding Voices to Help Kids Code

With this issue, you will find some articles require subscription. Here's an explanation and how you can help add writers and voices to future issues of this magazine.

Learn More Links for December 2013/January 2014

Links from the bottom of all the December 2013/January 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.