Computing in the News

Why Use News?

Highlights from the news make a great attention-grabber at the beginning of class, and provide handy concrete examples for thinking about the global impacts of computing. (In fact, there’s a move to use news in all undergrad CS classes at UC Berkeley!)

Tips and Options for Using Computing News in Class

  • Present a current news story about a computing innovation (including a video if there is one), then ask the students what they think about it, what computer science concepts are involved, and what the positive and negative implications are.
  • Once you’ve modeled the process several times, you can ask students to bring stories to the group.
  • Can be used as a five-minute bellringer every day, or save news for Fridays and give it more time.
  • If the discussion is going well, let it continue!
  • It can be easy — maybe a little too easy — to highlight the positive elements of a new innovation (especially when news stories are based on press releases!). So it’s important for students to see the negative (often unintended) implications as well — and to put some thought into how potential negative consequences could be prevented or mitigated.

This Page: Stories Curated for CSP

This page archives curated news stories that demonstrate the impact of computing innovations. Posted news stories include the CSP learning objectives and essential knowledge they demonstrate, along with discussion questions for a more extended activity.

In the TGI Forum: Community Contributions

In the community forum, you’ll find news stories suggested by site users. Please join in if you’ve got a cool story to share!

As of May 2017, new “Computing in the News” contributions can be found in the TGI community forum.

News Highlights Curated by Teach Global Impact

Curated By

Anna Clark, Tyler Daniell, Michael Morguarge, Nnamdi Onwumere, and Jonathan Corley at University of West Georgia and Julia Bernd at ICSI

Other Sources of News on Computing Innovations

RSS Computer Science News from ACM

  • Energy Neutral Drone Swarms Can Spy on You Without Taking a Break
    MotherboardResearchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Koc University in Turkey propose an Energy Neutral Internet of Drones (enIoD) as a swarm of aerial surveillance robots that operates continuously because charging and data transfer tasks are integrated nearly seamlessly into its function. They note the enIoD would use a hybrid energy harvesting […]
  • NUS Engineers Invent Tiny Vision Processing Chip for Ultra-Small Smart Vision Systems and IoT Applications
    NUS News (Singapore)Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) say they have developed EQSCALE, a microchip that captures visual details from video frames using 20 times less power than existing chips, and runs on a much smaller battery than conventional devices. The team says this could result in technologies that are powered continuously by […]
  • Researchers Measure Impact of 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' Patches on HPC Workloads
    HPCwireResearchers at the State University of New York (SUNY), University at Buffalo have analyzed the impact of Meltdown and Spectre security patches on the performance of popular high-performance computing (HPC) applications and benchmarks. The team used the application kernel module of the XD Metrics on Demand tool to run tests prior to and after the […]
  • Programmable Droplets
    MIT NewsResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab have created hardware that applies electric fields to manipulate droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them to test thousands of reactions in parallel as a low-cost alternative to experimentation. "Traditional microfluidic systems...are mechanical, and they break down all the time," […]
  • Stark Gender, Racial Gaps Persist in Engineering, Computer Science
    Diverse EducationThere is a profound lack of female and minority students pursuing engineering or computer science (ECS) degrees at Texas universities, according to a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) study. SWE researchers found less than 4 percent of female students chose ECS majors versus about 20 percent of men across two- and four-year institutions. Less […]
  • AI 'Scientist' Finds That Toothpaste Ingredient May Help Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria
    University of CambridgeResearchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. using Eve, an artificially intelligent "robot scientist," discovered that triclosan, a toothpaste ingredient, could be used as a drug against strains of malaria that are resistant to existing drugs. The researchers found, with the help of Eve, that triclosan can affect the malarial parasite's […]

RSS Computer Science News from MIT

RSS Computer Science News from Science Daily

  • Virtual reality goes magnetic January 20, 2018
    The success of Pokémon GO made many people familiar with the concept of 'augmented reality': computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps largely used optical methods for motion detection. Physicists have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin. Just by interacting with magnetic […]
  • 'Programmable droplets' could enable high-volume biology experiments January 20, 2018
    Researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel.
  • Thanks for the memory: Taking a deep look at memristors January 19, 2018
    Scientists have now unveiled the long-mysterious inner workings of these semiconductor elements, which can act like the short-term memory of nerve cells.

Suggest a Story!

Link to a news story about a computing innovation
Anything else you want to tell us -- topic of the story, what you think the impact is, your suggestions for discussion questions, etc.

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