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Largest-ever math proof chews up 200TB of data

You've probably been asked to prove a math solution at some point, but never like this. Researchers have created the world's largest math proof while solving the Boolean Pythagorean triples problem, consuming a whopping 200TB of data -- the previous record was 'just' 13GB. The sheer size came from …

How Fractals Can Explain What's Wrong with Wall Street

<i>Editor's Note: This story was originally published in the February 1999 edition of</i> Scientific American. <i>We</i> <i>are posting it in light of recent news</i> …

Mathematics

Molotov is defining the future of TV

For the smartphone generation, the idea that you have to sit in front of the TV at a very specific time to watch something is archaic and unconceivable.<p>And yet, I’ve been using Molotov for three months, and I can clearly say that the startup represents the future of TV.<p>Molotov is what Apple has …

Televisions

NASA partners with Microsoft to launch “mixed reality” Mars exhibit

NASA has collaborated with Microsoft to create a new mixed-reality exhibit known as “Destination: Mars“, allowing the public to explore the red planet with holographic tour guides. The exhibit will open this summer in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.<p>Featuring the second …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft is taking its cues from Facebook as it totally shakes up Office

Similarly, the most exciting thing to happen to Microsoft Office in the last 10 years was probably the demise of Clippy, and yet it's still the center of many millions of people's working life, even amid mounting competition from the likes of Google and Slack.<p>"I think people don't understand how …

Microsoft Office

How Google's AlphaGo Beat a Go World Champion

Inside a man-versus-machine showdown<p>On March 19, 2016, the strongest Go player in the world, Lee Sedol, sits down for a game against Google DeepMind’s artificial-intelligence program, AlphaGo. They’re at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun district, and it’s a big deal: Most major South …

Artificial Intelligence

The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack

<b>Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves. It is about cyber-spies too.</b><p>Mixed in among the spam, phishing messages and booby-trapped emails that land in your inbox might be the odd message crafted by hackers working for a government rather than a group of criminals.<p>Unfortunately, those messages …

Cybersecurity

How Asia is making waves in animation

Anyone who's spent hours watching the likes of Tom and Jerry, Pokemon and Peppa Pig won't be surprised to learn that animated films and television programmes are worth millions of dollars.<p>And South East Asia is playing a key role in the industry's success.<p>The BBC's Russell Trott goes behind the …

South-east Asia

Software brings your PC's entire interface to VR

Virtual reality faces numerous challenges, but one of the biggest is having to take your headset off whenever you need to run a conventional app. What if you want to maintain that immersion, or just want to use a VR device as your only display? That's where BigScreen thinks it can help. It's …

Magic Leap's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

A secretive tech startup called Magic Leap has been funded to the tune of $1.4 billion by the global financial elite. These historical investments have sparked a lot of curiosity among the public, but answers aren't readily available. I'm a computer geek with a PhD in this field and a hankering for …

Augmented Reality

A battle for the future of the App Store is brewing

Developers embraced the store because it meant that Apple took care of a lot of the most banal and difficult parts of the software business — including payments, piracy prevention, and software updates.<p>Plus, it gave inroads directly to Apple's iPhone customers, which even then was a lucrative and …

Apps

Why Australia Is Becoming a Great Startup Hub | Inc.com

Australia is rapidly becoming one of the places to be if you want to launch a startup. Recently, Business Insider published a listing of the 11 most successful Australian startups. It included the usual app development and design companies, but it also included the eCommerce platform Bigcommerce, …

Australia
Stock Markets

Instagram and Pinterest are killing Gap, Abercrombie, & J. Crew

And the problem might be signaling something even more troublesome than dowdy apparel. Instead, it is a total shift in how teen consumers think.<p>Young people want to purchase experiences rather than actual stuff, and when they do buy clothing or shoes they want to be able to showcase purchases on …

Fashion Week

KYLE BASS: There's a 'ticking time bomb' in China

Over the last ten years, China's banking system has grown from less than $3 trillion to $34 trillion, equivalent to around 340% of Chinese GDP.<p>To put it in perspective, the US banking system had about $16.5 trillion of assets heading into the financial crisis, equivalent to 100% of US GDP.<p>"Credit …

Loans

Those Super Bowl instant replays you’ll love run off Intel’s tech

Super Bowl 50 is going to go down as one of the most technologically advanced sporting events in history, and part of that is thanks to a new EyeVision instant replay technology that CBS is going to tout in its broadcast of the big football game on Sunday.<p>The Super Bowl is a testbed for …

Scientists Prove That 'Resting Bitch Face' Is a Real Thing

For their study, behavioral scientists Jason Rogers, Ph.D., and Abbe Macbeth, Ph.D., used software that analyzes 10,000 different human faces to ID facial expressions. Using its stored data, the FaceReader, as it’s called, assigns one of eight different human emotions—happiness, sadness, anger, …

Google’s AI Just Did Something Nobody Thought Possible

Human beings who design intelligent computers have a long history of getting those computers to beat other humans at games to prove how great their …

Artificial Intelligence

Is your cyber startup IPO-ready? Check these 7 benchmarks

In recent years, several Israeli cyber-security companies have made the transition into becoming market leaders by going public on NASDAQ, including such world renowned firms as Check Point, CyberArk, Imperva, and Varonis.<p>At Jerusalem Venture Partners, we see some 90% of the startups in the local …

Planning and Navigation for Drone Flight

Verizon wants advertisers to pay for 'free data' websites

Nobody likes paying for mobile data, which is why Verizon is hoping that advertisers will foot the bill for us. The network (that owns Engadget's parent company) is testing FreeBee, a service that'll let companies pay for our downloads. If a business, say, wants you to get its latest app or watch a …

12 science-backed tricks for appearing smarter than you are

But that doesn't mean you can't <i>appear</i> to look more intelligent.<p>In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you're a modern-day Einstein.<p>We rounded up 12 of them, so you can impress everyone from your beau to your boss with your seeming brainpower.

Psychology

Man Flu Is a Real Thing, Says Science

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University find that oestrogen protects women from the flu, but not men.

Johns Hopkins University

A Single Blood Test For All Cancers? Illumina, Bill Gates And Jeff Bezos Launch Startup To Make It Happen

What if a simple blood test could detect any cancer early, when it was still easy to treat?<p>It sounds like science fiction. But Illumina, the $24 billion (market cap) biotechnology company that has pioneered cheap, efficient sequencing of DNA, says it could be a reality in a few years. It is …

Genetic Engineering

David Bowie's 'China Girl' says music video changed her life

In 1983, New Zealander Geeling Ching was 23 years old and waiting tables at a Sydney cafe when she was chosen to play the lead role in David Bowie's "China Girl."<p>She says the music video and the brief romance with Bowie that followed in the 1980s were like a surreal dream and a life changer.<p>The …

China Is Headed for a Debt Meltdown Like the U.S. in 2008 -- But Worse

World attention has focused in recent months on an acute refugee crisis occasioned by the mass migration to Europe of hundreds of thousands now fleeing the Syrian civil war. Less noticed has been another refugee crisis at least as ominous as that underway in the Middle East and Europe -- the …

Economics

The chip company Amazon bought for $350 million has a new product that could terrify Intel

The ARM-based chip can run WiFi routers, power connected devices, and handle networking and storage functions for data centers, it said in a press release.<p>Although this is Amazon's first major move in the chipmaking business, it could potentially take it deeper into the chip market, posing a threat …

Cloud Computing

Hoverboard booth at CES raided by US marshals

Patent-infringing clampdown comes after legal action by original balancing scooter manufacturer<p>A Chinese manufacturer’s booth at CES in Las Vegas has been raided by US marshals in a crackdown on patent-infringing hoverboards.<p>The raid, which led to the confiscation of the self-balancing, one-wheel …

Hoverboards

Phase One launches a true 100MP medium format camera

Taking medium format photos above 60 megapixels has typically required some trickery, like shooting multiple pictures at a time. However, you won't have to 'cheat' with Phase One's new XF 100MP camera system. As the name suggests, the hardware uses a full-fledged 100-megapixel CMOS sensor …

DJI's latest drones are made for 4K video pros

Now that there's a budding market for movie-making drones, DJI is determined to seize the moment. It's releasing a trio of camera drones that cater to pros wanting the best possible aerial shots. The Phantom 3 4K upgrades the regular Phantom 3 with shooting in official DCI 4K formats, and rolls in …