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The master of them all

<b>Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment.</b> By Ronald Calinger. <i>Princeton University Press; 669 pages; $55 and £37.95.</i><p><b>Get our daily</b> …

Mathematics

Teach Your Kid Machine Learning With These Free Lessons

You probably use machine-learning systems every day without even knowing it. The technology gives us spam filters, our Facebook News Feeds, digital …

Machine Learning

8 Historical Fiction Books You Don’t Want to Miss

From ancient Egypt to the grunge era, historical fiction novels are a fun immersive way to experience the past! Even if you’re not into togas or …

Books

How do I calculate investment returns the right way?

How do you calculate your investing returns? And how does that number compare to the professionals or to the S&P 500 or your investment advisor?<p>The …

Investing

This is an Incredible Commercial for the Scientific Method

God doesn't deserve credit for human achievement when science does all the work.

Scientific Method

Evidence Found for a New Fundamental Particle

An experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago has detected far more electron neutrinos than predicted — a possible …

Physics

Agony - Chased By A Demon Gameplay

In Agony, you venture to hell in this first-person survival horror game currently available on Steam for the PC. Here's a gameplay clip of a cat and muse chase with a hell demon.

Gameplay

NOVA - Official Website | Einstein’s Thought Experiment

Einstein’s Thought Experiment<p>By Arlo Perez<br>• Posted 05.30.18<br>• NOVA<p>Your perception of time depends on how you are moving.<p>Close<p>Running Time: …

Physics

How One Hundred Years of Solitude redefined Latin America

When Gabriel García Márquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude, he reimagined the genesis of his continent. That had real political impact, writes Felipe Restrepo Pombo.<p>Before One Hundred Years of Solitude, Latin America bore certain similarities to the imaginary place described in the first …

It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help

If you're paranoid about companies and governments potentially tracking you online, you're not crazy. And there's something you can do to stop it.<p>The spotlight on online privacy has become much more focused in recent months, what with headline after headline about breaches and data scandals. …

Privacy

This Robotic, Spider-Legged Chair Looks Like It Crawled Out of a Supervillain’s Workshop

Mark Ellis’ slightly-unsettling creation, the ‘Playa Crawler’ is making the rounds on DIY and maker subreddits.<p>A Redditor spotted Richmond, CA-based Mark Ellis trundling around the Maker Faire festival in San Mateo last weekend in his many-legged chair, and uploaded the video to Reddit, where it’s …

Robotics

Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them

Apple has today launched its new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates with your account, from Apple ID info, App Store activity, AppleCare history to data stored in iCloud like photos and documents. This is currently only available …

App Store

OpenCourseWare opens up a whole new career

Choosing a new career and starting over from square one takes courage. Many people may be intimidated by the daunting task of learning a new trade, …

Computer Science

How to Delete Yourself From the Internet

You may think your internet usage is completely private, but any time you access a website, sign up for an account, purchase a product, post a message, or browse search engine results, you’re sharing something about yourself. If you find this troubling, you may want to learn more about how you can …

Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever

<b>Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable sources.</b><p>The Hellisheidi power station, 25km (15 miles) …

Geology

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch thousands of robots pack groceries in a warehouse

Ocado robots zip around simultaneously filling orders without bumping into each other in this fascinating look at a modern warehouse.<p>Ocado's new …

This gorgeous indie game is like a Ghibli film brought to life

Forgotton Anne channels Hayao Miyazaki into an emotional platformer<p><i>Forgotton Anne</i> (not a typo) launches today on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it feels like a game that Hayao Miyazaki would make. (If it weren’t for his infamous dislike of technology, of course.) The game’s art has a distinctly …

Visiting Chernobyl 32 Years After the Disaster

Today marks the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, technicians conducting a test inadvertently caused the fourth reactor to explode. Several hundred staff members and firefighters then tackled a blaze that burned for 10 days and sent a plume of radiation around the …

A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern

When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures …

Mathematics

5 Brilliant Non-Business Books That Will Make You Better at Thinking Outside the Box

Sometimes the best way to learn innovative approaches to innovation is to read something completely different.<p>If you want to be a better innovator, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of great books on the topic.<p>But as I mentioned in an earlier article, expertise can be the enemy of innovation. …

The 10 best books about A.I.

Here are some of the best books on the rich history, rabid speculations and intriguing fictionalized world of artificial intelligence.<br>Read More

Artificial Intelligence

Three Decades Later, Mystery Numbers Explained

Zeta values seem to connect distant geometric worlds. In a new proof, mathematicians finally explain why.<p>Almost thirty years ago, a group of …

NASA completes full-power tests of small, portable nuclear reactor

Being able to generate power will be essential for long-term space travel. Powering a stay on Mars, for example, will require a lot of fuel, way more than we can pack onto a rocket. That's why NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Energy and a number of other groups have been …

A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations

When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much …

Mathematics

A Guide to the Anatomy of the Brain

The human brain is not only one of the most important organs in the human body; it is also the most complex. In the following tour, you will learn …

Neurology

The quadratic formula and low-precision arithmetic

What could be interesting about the lowly quadratic formula? It’s a <i>formula</i> after all. You just stick numbers into it.Well, there’s an interesting …

Review of Matrix Mathematics

Bernstein’s Matrix Mathematics is impressive. It’s over 1500 pages and weighs 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg). It’s a reference book, not the kind of book you …

Applications for Fourier

The Fourier transform has many applications, in fact any field of physical science that uses sinusoidal signals, such as engineering, physics, …

How to speed up your internet and stop your ISP tracking you

Your entire DNS browsing history can be recorded by your ISP, and will soon be sold to anyone who wants it.<p>DNS is what sends you to the correct site when you browse the internet, but it is also non-encrypted, and reveals your entire browsing history. Your browser’s private mode does nothing, and …