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The latest by Nikki Diefenbach

Kids, Kindness, and Coding

Although there are many activities that can teach children how to solve problems and play nice, why not try something new? It should be assumed that most jobs in the
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Lost Pets Located with Facial Recognition Technology

Every year in the US, it is estimated that 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats enter shelters. When your pet is a part of your family, it is devastating
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The SnotBot: Bringing Democracy Through Whale Snot

The SnotBot is a hexacopter drone plastered with petri dishes that flies over a whale’s blowhole and through the plume of whale snot in the name of science and democracy.
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‘Westworld’ Horses Gone Wild

There are the heartwarming stories. Like Stewie, the robot horse created by senior mechanical engineering students at Rice University. Stewie was created to provide hippotherapy, the use of horseback riding as
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The Texture of the Holy Spirit

Since that bright summer day fifteen years ago when I invited the Holy Spirit to live in me, it has developed a unique texture, a feeling I recognize and pursue.
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Reconciliation for British Columbia’s Indigenous Peoples Through Tech Equality

Indigenous communities across Canada face systemic exclusion from digital and connected technologies; some are stuck with dial-up or no internet access at all. They have been treated as less than
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Can We Bridge the Divide Between Human and Algorithmic Language?

If you ask Google Assistant what its favorite song is, it says, “Daisy Bell is a classic!” Is this a homage to the song the first computer sang back in 1961? Or
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Data for Good: Helping Over 800 Foster Kids Eligible for Adoption in Florida

Persons interested in adopting a foster child in Florida can now register for Family-Match, a revolutionary adoption matching site that utilizes algorithms similar to online dating sites. From their website: “Family-Match
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Google Duplex: An Introvert’s Dream or the Tech We Love to Hate

In 2017, Google launched Smart Reply, which suggests three responses to your emails. In 2018, Smart Compose arrived, which predictively offers complete sentences as you are drafting a message. Recipients of these messages
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Farming Cells Not Cows

Dairy without the cow is here and a new form of sustainable protein will be on our grocery shelves later this year through biotechnology. Animal-free dairy startup Perfect Day is
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When Jesus Doesn’t Answer

One of the hardest areas of our Christian walk is faith and trust in Jesus in the hard times. Those times where we want to hear the audible voice of God. We wish we could talk to Jesus just like we talk to our best friend. Jesus is supposed to be our best friend. Why doesn’t he talk back? Is he really God at all? If he is, why is he so silent? Where is he?
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Five Reasons Everyone Should Own a Few Jazz Albums

Here’s a list of occasions in a civilized adult’s life when jazz is truly the best choice.
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Musings on ‘Shrooms and Work

I’d like to take a few minutes to direct your attention to mushrooms. 
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