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Running the Heartbleed Code to See Exactly How it Works

By now, you've read all about Heartbleed—but what, exactly, does it look like in action? Thankfully some nerdy brave computer scientists have run it, so you don't have to. Read More >>

New “Unbreakable” Encryption is Inspired by Your Insides

A new form of encryption promising to be "highly resistant to conventional methods of attack" could make our digital lives more secure—and it's all inspired by the way our heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other. Read More >>

How Animated GIFs Can Teach Us About Computer Science

Animated GIFs are a staple of the internet but you might not realise that their grainy, jerky video can teach us a lot about the compromises that computer scientists everywhere have to make. Read More >>

Facebook's Facial Recognition "Approaching Human-Level Performance"

For years Facebook has been working on facial recognition to auto-tag photographs, but has now reached a point where its technology is 'closely approaching human-level performance.' In fact, in some ways it might even be better. Read More >>

Visualising How Sorting Algorithms Work is as Good as Any Art

We don't need to tell you that data can be beautiful—but the process of putting it in order can look good, too. A new site called SORTING aims to make people aware of just how elegant some of computer science's most fundamental algorithms can be. Read More >>

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Why We Need to Take Terms and Conditions Way More Seriously

Every time you install a new app on your phone, you have to agree to some terms and conditions—which you do, blindly. But should we be taking those long passages of text more seriously? Read More >>

Why Times and Timezones Still Confuse the Hell Out Developers

There have been no end of time and calendar mess ups in software over the years, and they still seem to keep happening. So why is it that times and timezones still confuse the hell out of developers? Read More >>

The Math Behind the NSA's Email Hacks

We're all outraged by the NSA's invasions of privacy, sure—but we don't perhaps understand exactly how it managed it. This video explains the maths behind the agency's surveillance. Read More >>

How do Computers Translate 3D Worlds Into Pixels?

Computers love to think in triangles to create 3D representations of the real world—but how do you represent those intelligently constructed objects as flat 2D shapes on a screen? This video describes exactly how 3D models are turned into pixels. Read More >>

Don't Freak Out About Ultrasonic Malware (Yet)

The Internet's been abuzz lately with news that computer scientists have found a way to transmit malware using ultrasonic audio signals. If true, this means that you'd never be safe from the hackers, as long as your computer has a microphone and speakers. But don't freak out just yet. Read More >>

The Dumb Ways Some Websites Store Your Passwords

In an ideal world, passwords would be secured so tightly that not even the best hacker could get the merest sniff of your details. Sadly, that's not always the case. Read More >>

How YouTube Works

You're about to watch a video via YouTube. Hell, you watch dozens of videos every day on YouTube. But do you have any idea how it works? Read More >>

A Future Internet Might Not Use Servers

You'd think that given how pervasive the internet is, we'd be stuck with the fundamental architecture it uses: servers that many devices connect to for their information fix. But a team of Cambridge University scientists wants to shake things up—and remove servers altogether. Read More >>

How Computer Scientists Make Programs Efficient Using Upside Down Trees

How do people manage to write the neatest, most compact code to make programs super-small and lightweight? Well, there are many ways, but one of the most common is to use trees. Upside down trees, to be precise. Read More >>

Just How Smart Is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is the Holy Grail of computer science—and, for that matter, science fiction. But just how far have we come? Read More >>

This Equation Can Tell You How Successful a Reddit Post Will Be

Scientists love developing equations that can accurately predict real-life events — so when researchers from Stanford looked at Reddit, they naturally wondered if they could predict how successful posts would be. This equation is the result of their work. Read More >>


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