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NSF's CS Bits and Bytes Newsletter is Back!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has reinvigorated their CS Bits and Bytes newsletter, with an exciting line-up of issues for the year. Each issue highlights innovative computer science research.

  • Issue 1: This issue is dedicated to brain-controlled drones. Have you ever wanted to move things using only your thoughts? This is an area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research that many computer scientists are studying in order to control robots, like drones, with your brain.
  • Issue 2: This issue is about the big data of Lyme disease. Did you know that creating maps of where your four-legged friend, Fido, and his canine friends have been bitten by Lyme-carrying ticks allows researchers to better predict if a person will get the disease?
  • Issue 3: This issue is about Augmented Reality. Imagine “virtual x-ray vision” to see photosynthesis in action or to see organisms in ponds and streams that you would typically only see with a microscope. Check out this issue!
  • Issue 4: This week’s issue explains how 3D visualizations are uncovering new information about fossils. This issue includes a super cool interactive activity with downloadable 3D PDF documents that let you explore a dinosaur vertebrae or ancient crocodile tooth. You can rotate, zoom, and/or view individual slices of each image. Check it out in this week’s issue.