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Computer scientists want to translate the internet into sign language

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Computer scientists have developed a new way for the internet to transmit information to deaf people. Because speech is such an important part of language acquisition and ‘hearing’ words in our heads helps us learn to read and write, deaf people often struggle with written English. If, as many do, they learn to speak using…

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A new computer program knows how you feel

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Researchers in Bangladesh have invented a new computer program that can guess how you feel. Its developers say this is the first time keystroke patterns and text input analysis have been combined. In their study, which was published this week in Behaviour & Information Technology, A.F.M. Nazmul Haque Nahin and his colleagues say that the…

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FitFinder – what students are really doing in the library: checking people out and moaning

Anna Leach Trending 4 Comments

So it's exam season in universities and students across the country are.. revising? No! they're using a new website (appropriately enough called FitFinder) to check out other students in the library. You can share your crush with the rest of the Library, but interestingly a lot of the messages are complaints about people making too…

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Science Monday: Robots with personalities coming soon

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A project is being kicked off this week involving researchers across Europe in a bid to make robots nicer, friendlier and more interactive. It's been decided that robots won't truly be trusted by us humanoids until we can interact with them on a personal level. Engineers, psychologists and computer scientists will all be hard at…

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"Nerd Auction" allows sorority girls to buy computer science nerds to fix their PCs

Cate Tech News 3 Comments

Apparently Washington State University is auctioning off members of their largest computer club, Linux Users Group, to sorority girls in what they're calling a "Nerd Auction". CBS News reports, "The idea is to trade their computer skills to sorority girls in exchange for a makeover and, possibly, a date". Wow. Like a real life Beauty…

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Are nerd-phobic young girls to blame for the lack of female computer scientists?

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Cate Sevilla writes... Apparently there is a huge lack of women in the computer science industry. According to the National Science Foundation, 38% of the computer science bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States in 1985 went to women, but in 2003, the figure was only at about 28%. Dr. Jan Cuny (a last name…

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