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Why do we call computer glitches “bugs”?

A page from the Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer's log, featuring a dead moth that was removed from the device.
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The term “bug” is another way of saying something is wrong with our computer or software, but where did the term come from? While many attribute the reference to computer scientist Grace Hopper, this article from Curiosity explains that it dates back to Thomas Edison’s private journals.

Science Odyssey - Ten days of discovery and innovation

Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
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Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.

Microsoft AI Masters "Ms. Pac-Man"

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Have you ever played Ms. Pac-Man? If so... have you played over 3000 rounds of it? Because that's how long it took for a Microsoft Artificially Intelligent program called Maluuba to learn how to get the highest possible score in the game, 999999. Check out how it did it... and don't worry, there's no worry of this AI taking over the world.

How the Canada Science and Technology Museum designed an accessible, modular headphone jack | Innovation150

Accessible headphone jack
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Accessible headphone jacks aren’t hard to find nowadays, but they’re always built into your average neighbourhood fixtures, like an ATM. This isn’t the most welcoming design since there’s no way to get the device as a standalone product. But the Canada Science and Technology Museum strives for inclusive design, and since they couldn’t buy an accessible headphone jack, their innovators decided to design their own.

Atoms-thick layer of silicon-based semiconductor may allow us to better understand the harsh environments of Venus

Atoms-thick layer of silicon-based semiconductor may allow us to better understand the harsh environments of Venus
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In 1967, Venera 4 was the 1st probe to transmit data from another planet’s atmosphere. 8 models, and close to 15 years, later we were able to receive the 1st colour panoramic views of that same planet’s surface. Today, Venus still very much remains a mystery with probes unable to withstand the extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressures for more than 127 minutes. However, researchers at Standford University’s Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory are working on developing an atoms-thick