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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.

2019 Issues                                                                                                                                                     

  • Vol.5, Issue 13: This is a special issue thanking and appreciating computer science teachers across the nation. Learn more about students and teachers in AP Computer Science Principles.
Cover Pic Issue 13


  • Vol.5, Issue 12: This issue is about the first ever image of a black hole captured by scientists using the Event Horizon Telescope! The black hole is located in the center of galaxy Messier 87.
  • Vol.5, Issue 11: This issue will give you a new perspective on your next road trip, flight, or even if you just want to dream about an adventure!
  • Vol.5, Issue 10: This issue is about the triboelectric effect, a form of static electricity. Scientists are using nanotechnology to understand how to harness this phenomenon as a new source of energy to power electronics.
  • Vol.5, Issue 9: This issue is about how research is helping to cast light in order to tackle phishing attacks.
  • Vol.5, Issue 8: *Special Issue* of CS Bits & Bytes that celebrates black women in technology.
  • Vol.5, Issue 7: This issue is about DIY engineering such as using "paper mechatronics" to build, program, and control any machine your imagination can dream up!
  • Vol.5, Issue 6: This issue provides a surge of information about how cities are using crowdsourcing to more effectively plan, manage, and react to urban flooding.

2018 Issues                                                                                                                                                     

  • Vol.5, Issue 5: This issue explains how scientists are creating computational memory by folding DNA like origami. 
  • Vol.5, Issue 4: This issue explains how 3D visualizations are uncovering new information about fossils. It 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.
  • Vol.5, 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.
  • Vol.5, 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?
  • Vol.5, 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.