Here’s what to do if your computer gets taken over by ransomware – a form of malware taking over the internet

      Ransomware is evolving and that’s bad news for just about everybody except cyber-thieves. Ransomware, which is a form of malware, works by either holding your entire computer hostage or by blocking access to all of your files by encrypting them. A person infected with ransomware is typically ordered (via a pop-up window) to pay anything from a ... Read More »

Computer solves 120-year-old biology problem that had scientists stumped

    Can computer software invent scientific theories and ideas as well as crunch numbers? That’s the suggestion being put forward by Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo, two computer scientists at Tufts University, Massachusetts in the US, who have programmed a computer to come up with its own scientific hypothesis on one of biology’s most well-known mysteries. The mystery in ... Read More »

Microsoft’s support for computer science education in Washington sees backing in signed House Bill 1813

      The landscape of working environments will continually be in flux. From the Industrial Revolution to the Second Industrial Revolution, or more commonly known as the Technological Revolution, jobs were created, and jobs were replaced. To thrive in these fluctuating circumstances, it was incumbent upon parents, teachers, and universities to prepare an upcoming workforce with the trades, skills, ... Read More »

1980s computer controls GRPS heat and AC

      A 30-year-old computer that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools. The Commodore Amiga was new to GRPS in the early 1980s and it has been working tirelessly ever since. GRPS Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins said that the computer was purchased with money from ... Read More »

Water Droplets Power Computer

    Unless you’ve dropped your phone in the toilet, you hardly ever see computer electronics mixed with water. But scientists at Stanford University have developed a computer that uses the unique physics of moving water droplets. By precisely controlling the droplets using a technique called fluidic computation, assistant professor of bioengineering Manu Prakash and his team have created a ... Read More »

Duqu 2.0: computer virus ‘linked to Israel’ found at Iran nuclear talks venue

      A powerful computer virus linked to Israel is thought to have been used to spy on the recent Iran nuclear talks after being found in the networks of three hotels that hosted the negotiations. The security company Kaspersky discovered the virus, which it said was a new variant of the Duqu worm, itself a variant of the ... Read More »

A water droplet computer is more useful than you think

    Scientists have built a computer out of water droplets, but why? It’s not the first computer we’ve seen built with analog materials, and obviously runs at a tiny fraction of an electronic circuit’s speed. It turns out, however, that it could be very handy to have water droplets run preset programs, because they can simultaneously do tasks like ... Read More »

Bloomberg Businessweek devotes double issue to computer coding

      Bloomberg is dedicating an entire issue of its Businessweek magazine to a 38,000-word essay on computer coding. The double issue has 112 pages and will run on newsstands for two weeks from Friday. The cover features an excerpt of coding language Python with the title: “If You Can’t Read This, You’d Better Read This – Code: An ... Read More »

Computer games boost maths skills: study

      GIVING youngsters a series of games designed to engage them in the subject improves their abilities by three months, according to a new study. Separate research concluded that nine- and 10-year-olds find science more interesting and get better scores if they are asked creative questions, such as “how do we know the earth is a sphere?” or ... Read More »

Microsoft gives $10M to UW computer science, urges Olympia to invest, too

    Microsoft is donating $10 million to the University of Washington to kick-start a campaign for a new computer-science building on campus. The donation was announced late Thursday, and it’s meant to launch the effort aimed at expanding the UW’s computer-science department. It’s also designed to remind lawmakers that the state needs to ante up, too. An investment from the ... Read More »