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Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

88 very British phrases that will confuse anybody who didn't grow up in the UK

Every language has a few phrases that don't always translate well — and the British English has some absolute corkers.<p>The team at the Business Insider UK office have compiled a list of the best British slang and idioms that define the weird and wonderful British dialect we grew up with.<p>From our …

Language

Portrait of Alan Turing algorithmically approximated by ellipses, in six panels

Jeremy Kun, a mathematics PhD from UI Chicago, created this portrait of computer science pioneer Alan Turing using ellipses.<p>I made an art thing. It's …

12 Little Things That Show People You're Intelligent, Without You Having to Say It

Actions speak louder than words.<p>I was at a breakfast meeting the other day.<p>Four people around a small table on the outdoor deck of a nice hotel, right on the beach, one of the women brought two boxes of avocado toast from the café.<p>"For us to share," she said.<p>My first thought was, "How are we going …

Body Language

The formula that plots (almost) everything

By Harmeet SinghHold onto your logic hats! In this article we're going to explore one of the most amazing formulas in maths: <i>Tupper's self-referential</i> …

Mathematics

How to awaken a generation of lost mathematicians

Introducing Exploding Dots<p>When I hear friends, family and strangers say they can’t do maths, I despair. How can they so coldly reject the talents …

Solving the universal origami puzzle

If there is anything that you ever wanted to render as paper — your cat Luna, your first car, just some weird polyhedron — here is your chance. After …

Origami

Paul Lockhart reveals arithmetic not as the rote manipulation of numbers but as a set of ideas that exhibit the surprising behaviors usually reserved for higher branches of mathematics. In this entertaining survey, he explores the nature of counting and different number systems -- Western and non-Western -- and weighs the pluses and minuses of each.

Because evolution endowed humans with a complement of ten fingers, a grouping size of ten seems natural to us, perhaps even ideal. But from the …

How your brain works in 11 dimensions | Cosmos

When working on a problem, neurons in the brain form into “a multi-dimensional sandcastle that materialises out of the sand and then disintegrates”, …

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

The 19 best sci-fi TV shows of all time, according to critics

With network shows like "The X-Files," "Lost," and Netflix's "Stranger Things" tackling the genre over the past few decades, sci-fi shows are reaching a broader audience than ever before. "Orphan Black" has found critical acclaim and premieres its final season June 10.<p><b>If you're new to sci-fi or a</b> …

TV

New ‘Social Justice’ Math Class Teaches Kids That Math Is Evil, Dehumanizing

Lucélia RibeiroMillions of K-12 students across the country believe that mathematics is a sadistic discipline—(I should know, I was one of them)—but …

Make Trouble

• <b>Author:</b> John Waters<p><b>So what if you have talent? Then what?</b><p>When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all …

WhatsApp leak lands ex-investment banker with £37,000 fine

Former managing director at investment firm Jefferies shared confidential client information boasting he would pay off his mortgage if the deal went through<p>A former investment banker has been fined more than £37,000 for sharing confidential client information over the WhatsApp messaging service.<p>The …

Yuval Harari on why humans won’t dominate Earth in 300 years

“It's not because I overestimate the AI. It's because most people tend to overestimate human beings.”<p>Yuval Noah Harari’s first book, <i>Sapiens</i>, was an international sensation. The Israeli historian’s mind-bending tour through the triumph of <i>Homo sapiens</i>is a favorite of, among others, Bill Gates, Mark …

Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says

Workers in wholesale and retail sectors at highest risk from breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence, PwC report finds<p>More than 10 million UK workers are at high risk of being replaced by robots within 15 years as the automation of routine tasks gathers pace in a new machine age.<p>A …

Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears

Database contains photos of half of US adults without consent, and algorithm is wrong nearly 15% of time and is more likely to misidentify black people<p>Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their …

WhatsApp shouldn't weaken its encryption - it should leave the UK

On Sunday, Amber Rudd, the UK Home Secretary, sat on the couch of veteran political broadcast journalist Andrew Marr, and said the following: “We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp – and there are plenty of others like that – don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to …

Privacy

How Aristotle Created the Computer

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world.<p>THE HISTORY Of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it is better understood as a …

Mathematics

If the Moon Landing Were a Hoax, We Would Have Found Out by 1972

An Oxford academic has created an equation to figure out how long conspiracies can stay a secret.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Edward Snowden<p>The revolution will …

A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

I find the history of numbers so much more fascinating than the application of numbers. Who cares about learning calculus, when you can geek out on …

The Macaroni in ‘Yankee Doodle’ Is Not What You Think

Meet the stylish gender-role rebels of 1770s England.<p>An engraving of a “macaroni’s dressing room,” from 1772. (Photo: Wellcome Images, London/CC BY …

Pasta

How a Mathematician Turned an Obscure Number Into a Scary Story

Beware the prime number of the beast.<p>Math can even baffle demons. (Photo: alessio/CC BY 2.0)<p>For the most part, numbers are simply cold indicators, …

Mathematics

Richard Feynman on Teaching Math to Kids and the Lessons of Knowledge

Legendary scientist Richard Feynman was famous for his penetrating insight and clarity of thought. Famous for not only the work he did to garner a …

Mathematics

Build A Smartphone Scanner To Digitize Your Notes

Got 30 minutes and $5? Then you can add those scribbled notes to your phone.<p>Graphic designer Giovanni Re likes to scribble his many ideas and drawings in paper notebooks. He also wants digital access to them, so Re built an inexpensive scanner using his iPhone. A stand positions the phone’s camera …

The Always-Up-to-Date Guide to Setting Up Your Raspberry Pi

GIF<p>So, you finally picked up a Raspberry Pi and it’s sitting on your desk, waiting for you to do something awesome with it. Good news, setting it up …

Raspberry Pi

Sneaky Trick Uses Math Magic to Guess Your Cards

Math is basically magic. So it’s no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers—a series of numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.) where each number …

FACT CHECK: Did Author William Golding Say That 'Women Are Far Superior' to Men?

CLAIM<p><i>Lord of the Flies</i> author William Golding once said that women are "far superior [to men] and always have been." See Example( s …

Literature

Add voice controls to your Raspberry Pi using Jasper

1<p>Install Raspbian<p>If you came from the Raspberry Pi MagicMirror installation guide, then your Pi is already ready to install Jasper and you can skip …

Microcontroller