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Pi Day: your guide to this infinitely interesting number

The celebrated approximation to 3.14 is much more than the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, but also crops up in statistics to the laws of gravity, fluid dynamics to number theory<p>Today, 14 March, is Pi Day, an annual celebration of a rather special number: pi (π). Although most …

Mathematics

Every conversation between a parent and a child, in four conversations.

<b>1.</b><p><b>Child:</b> Can I have this?<p>Advertisement<p><b>Me:</b> No.<p><b>Child:</b> Ah, perhaps I’ve miscommunicated. I’m asking for it because I want it.<p><b>Me:</b> I understood that, …

Parenting

Sholay: The Star Wars of Bollywood?

One Indian film has had more influence than any other. On the 40th anniversary of its release, Rahul Verma asks why it still holds so much sway over popular culture.<p>On 15 August, Indians celebrate Independence Day – and another anniversary that has huge cultural significance. In 2015, it will be 40 …

The Square Kilometre Array: radio silence in Western Australia for most powerful telescope in history

In outback Western Australia, around 350k northeast of the small town of Geraldton, lies an area of land about the size of the Netherlands, but with only 100 humans living in it: the shire of Murchison.<p>The land looks beautiful but far from unusual as you head up the long red road north – mostly …

Astronomy

Five gadgets that will transform your dumb car into a smart car

In fact, most new vehicles look more like smartphones on the inside than cars.<p>But the smarter automobiles get, the more expensive they become. And not everybody can afford to shell out thousands of dollars just to get a tech update in the car.<p>Fortunately, there's another way to bring your car into …

12 Expert Tips For Photographing Cityscapes At Night

<b>Jimmy Mcintyre</b> <i>is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online</i> …

Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

Australia Travel Tips: How to Get the Most Out of the Smallest Continent

Australia may be the smallest continent but it's still a vast amount of space to cover -- about equal in size to the continental U.S. Trying to see it all in a week or two is daunting, but here are some pointers to help maximize your travel Down Under.<p><b>Buy tickets online</b><p>Transit fares, city tours, …

Apple has spent years working on a type of product that Steve Jobs famously hated

The patent application, filed in 2011, is for an "active" stylus that includes electronic components that can interact with touch-screen devices.<p>Apple's patent says the type of sensor it is developing "can significantly improve stylus sensing" "without incurring significant additional cost."<p>Here is …

THE SELECTS: More From Game of Thrones

Finally! A 4K TV You Should Own

The Samsung JS9500 has arrived just in time<p>Building a home entertainment center is a lot like building a house: You need a solid foundation--and that’s your television. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll want a TV that will last more than five years, which means going with the …

The 30 Australian food adventures you must have

1. Cooking by the lake<p>Proving that if you build it they will come, hospo veteran Alla Wolf-Tasker has added a cooking school to her lakeside …

Cooking (Australia)

Honor Blackman Says Daniel Craig Is The Best James Bond Of Them All

One of my favorite debates to watch unfold on the Internet is the classic “WHO IS THE BEST JAMES BOND?” argument. Even though each actor who has played the classic spy brings good qualities to the table, people get really, <i>really</i> upset about it. We’re talking irrationally and hilariously angry, and …

Black Culture

Coarse tongues leave stain on the cup

No team in the World Cup played with more "passion, excitement, adrenalin" than New Zealand, but the Kiwis explicitly and scrupulously refrained from …

Long Exposure Photography Tips

Long exposure photography can produce stunning photos. Nighttime shots can bring out unexpected detail and create amazing light effects. Daytime long …