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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)
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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters. So much so, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. Part of the key to keeping the Death Star plans secret...

Happy World Emoji Day –
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Happy World Emoji Day –

“Emoji didn’t become so essential because they stand in for words – but because they finally made writing a lot more like talking.” Gretchen McCulloch (see Further...

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)
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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters quite a lot. So much so, in fact, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. The plot is all about the bad guys...

When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …
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When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …

Artificial Intelligences are capable of acting as our agents freeing up our time, but can we trust them? Steve Phelps and his team run experiments with AIs as the...

Nurses in the mist
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Nurses in the mist

What do you do when your boss tells you "go and invent a new product"? Lock yourself away and stare out the window? Go for a walk, waiting for inspiration? Medical...

Negligent nurses? Or dodgy digital? – device design can unintentionally mask errors
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Negligent nurses? Or dodgy digital? – device design can unintentionally mask errors

Magicians often fool their audience into ‘looking over there’ (literally or metaphorically), getting them to pay attention to the wrong thing so that they’re not...

Screaming Headline Kills!!!
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Screaming Headline Kills!!!

Medical mistakes can make a big news story with screaming headlines vilifying those 'responsible'. It may sell papers. Research by Chrystie Myketiak suggested it...

Bitten blue
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Bitten blue

For some reason biting flies home in on some people while leaving others (even those walking next to them) alone. What is going on, what does it have to do with...

Free CS4FN magazine issue 29 arriving in schools now, on Diversity in Computing
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Free CS4FN magazine issue 29 arriving in schools now, on Diversity in Computing

Schoolteachers, school librarians and home educators who subscribe* to the FREE Computer Science For Fun magazine will be receiving their free print copies this...

Creating great game worlds
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Creating great game worlds

Are you a PUBG or Fortnite addict? Maybe you enjoy playing Minecraft? Have you thought how these games are created? Could you create a game yourself? It is all...

Hallucinating chatbots
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Hallucinating chatbots

Chatbots that can answer questions and write things for you are in the news at the moment. These Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs are very good now at writing...

Protecting your fridge
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Protecting your fridge

Ever been spammed by your fridge? It has happened, but Queen Mary's Gokop Goteng and Hadeel Alrubayyi aim to make it less likely with their work on detecting malware...

The gender shades audit
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The gender shades audit

Face recognition technology is used widely, such as at passport controls and by police forces. What if it isn't as good at recognising faces as it has been claimed...

Playing the weighting game
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Playing the weighting game

How do search engines find the best web pages. It is like a giant talent contest where you want the best web pages to win. Karen Spärck Jones worked out how best...

Collecting mini-beasts and pocket monsters
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Collecting mini-beasts and pocket monsters

Satoshi Tajiri created one of the biggest money-making media franchises of all time. It all started with his love of nature and, in particular, minibeasts. It also...

“Tlahcuilo”, a visual composer
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“Tlahcuilo”, a visual composer

A main goal of computational creativity research is to help us better understand how this essential human characteristic, creativity, works. By building computer...

Follow those ants
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Follow those ants

Ant colonies are really good at adapting to changing situations: far better than humans. Sameena Shah wondered if Artificial Intelligence agents might do better...

The first computer wizard
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The first computer wizard

Christopher Strachey did a series of firsts in computer programming, and that was just when he was playing.

A Godlike Heart
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A Godlike Heart

A short story by Rafael Pérez y Pérez of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México translated from the original Spanish

Mary Clem: getting it right
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Mary Clem: getting it right

Mary Clem was a pioneer of dependable computing long before the first computers existed. She was a computer herself, but became more like a programmer.
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