Category Archives: Computer Science

BreakerBots: The Journey to Houston

Courtesy of Mitali Chowdhury: FIRST Robotics Competition’s 2018 season is about to reach its peak at the World Championships in Texas and Michigan—and Pacific Grove’s own BreakerBots will be in Houston to participate in this action-packed, inspiring event. Their journey to … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Real Rules for Strong Computer Passwords Go Against Everything You’ve Been Told

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Everybody knows the rules to writing a password: you have to use upper and lowercase letters, a number or two, and preferably a symbol, if you want to be really secure. That rule came from a man … Continue reading

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Newsbreaker News: San Francisco Robotics Regional

On Friday, March 16, at 5 AM, the BreakerBots Robotic team left for the FRC San Francisco regional. After arriving at the host school, team members spent the day on Friday adding finishing touches to their competition robot, Athena, who had been … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The World’s Smallest Computer Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “If there’s one truism about computers, it’s that they’re getting smaller. While doomsayers might warn that our current tiny processors are about to hit the limits of Moore’s Law — that is, we almost can’t get any tinier — … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Laser Scans Reveal Maya “Megalopolis” Below Guatemalan Jungle

Courtesy of National Geographic: “Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Face of Ancient Queen Revealed for First Time

Courtesy of National Geographic: “Some 1,200 years ago, a wealthy noblewoman, at least 60 years old, was laid to rest in Peru—richly provisioned for eternity with jewelry, flasks, and weaving tools made of gold. Now, more than five years after … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Faroe Islands Created Their Own Google Street View with Sheep

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: If you tried to search for the Faroe Islands on Google Street View before the spring of 2016 you’d have come up empty. In April 2016, an islander named Durita Andreassen grew so tired of not being … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Jobs and Robots Bracing for Technological Disruptions to Come

Courtesy of Scientific American: “Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and the rapid adoption of robots across diverse industries are stalking the fear of jobless growth. Responses to these developments have focused on what to do to ensure that robots don’t steal jobs. Bill … Continue reading

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Newsbreaker News: BreakerBots Hold Their Own at the Captial City Classic

At Pleasant Grove High School, PGHS’ own Robotics Team, the BreakerBots, competed in the Capital City Classic against 42 other teams over two days for a chance to win one of their off-season events. The goal of the competition was … Continue reading

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Read These (Legit Terrifying) Horror Stories by an Artificial Intelligence

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “I stood there staring down the hill, and I saw the man in the black cloak standing there, holding a knife. He stood in silence, his head motionless but staring at me. ‘I’m sorry. I found you. … Continue reading

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