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Contactless cards fail to recognise foreign currency

A flaw in Visa’s contactless credit cards means they will approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN when the amount is requested in a foreign currency. New research by experts at Newcastle University, UK, has highlighted a ‘glitch’ in the Visa system which means their contactless cards will approve foreign currency transactions of up to 999,999.99 in any foreign currency.

published on: 2nd November 2014

Scott Logic Hackathon with Computing Science students

Scott Logic and Newcastle University teamed up to execute another exciting Hackathon following the success of last year’s event. This year, teams battled it out over an intense 3 hours to build a financial trading app using an algorithm to predict market data trends. The aim was to make the most profit by buying and selling shares at the best times. The winning team (pictured) each won a £20 gift token and the accolade of being crowned Scott Logic Hackathon 2014 winners.

published on: 1st November 2014

School academic involved in $15M phase II DataONE data preservation project in the US

"DataONE: the Data Observation Network for Earth ( is a distributed cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and accessible Earth observational data. DataONE has dramatically increased the discoverability and accessibility of diverse yet interrelated Earth and environmental science data. In doing so, it has enhanced the efficiency of research and enabled scientists, policy makers and others to more easily address complex questions about our environment and our role within it." This is relevant to the School of Computing Science and to Dr Paolo Missier, as he has been involved in the project as invited guest since its inception in 2010 (thanks to an introduction by Prof. Carole Goble at Manchester).

published on: 24th October 2014

Paul Watson receives Jim Gray eScience Award

The eighth annual Jim Gray eScience Award has been awarded to Paul Watson, who has made ground-breaking contributions to the field of eScience. Paul received the award at the Microsoft eScience Workshop (Oct 20-22). Held in conjunction with the 10th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, the Microsoft eScience Workshop provides three days of thought-provoking discussions and presentations on dealing with data-driven scientific research.

published on: 21st October 2014

CS student Gabrielle Schroeder, Receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award

Gabrielle Schroeder, a postgraduate student in the School of Computing Science, has received a Fulbright-Newcastle University Postgraduate Award to enable her to study at Newcastle University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide. Gabrielle was selected from a strong applicant pool to pursue an MSc in Neuroinformatics at Newcastle University.

published on: 20th October 2014

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