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Physicists Overturn a 100-Year-Old Assumption on How Brains Work

This is how neurons actually fire.<p>The human brain contains a little over 80-odd billion neurons, each joining with other cells to create trillions of …

I interview 100,000 people a year, and there are 6 questions that make job candidates stick in my mind

You'll be asked it in almost any interview. And while you may be tempted to sit back and relax during this portion—while the recruiter's put in the hot seat—that's not actually in your best interest.<p>Why? Because this is your final chance to make an awesome impression.<p>My team and I interview around …

Giant python: Indonesians eat huge snake after man defeats reptile

<b>A giant python in Indonesia met an unfortunate end when it was eaten after it lost a battle with a local man.</b><p>Security guard Robert Nababan encountered the snake on a palm oil plantation road in Sumatra's Batang Gansal district on Saturday.<p>Mr Nababan tried to catch the python, reports say, which was …

Scientists have used CRISPR to store a GIF inside the DNA of a living cell

Using E.Coli, the team at Harvard Medical School spliced data from the file into the bacteria’s genome<p>Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer of both early …

Solving systems of polynomial equations

In a high school algebra class, you learn how to solve polynomial equations in one variable, and systems of linear equations. You might reasonably …

Google tried to recreate a DSLR photo with a Nexus 6P — and it worked

Great low-light pictures have been traditionally difficult to achieve with smartphone cameras. Strides have been made in recent years, and OEMs often boast about this progress in their flagship’s press materials, but there’s still work to be done.<p>Florian Kainz, a software engineer working with …

What ‘personal space’ looks like around the world

If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, where crowding has replaced …

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

A friend of mine once had a curious experience with a job interview. Excited about the possible position, she arrived five minutes early and was immediately ushered into the interview by the receptionist. Following an amicable discussion with a panel of interviewers, she was offered the …

The world record for retweets could be broken over some free chicken nuggets

Chicken nugget nirvana<p>It began quietly. This morning, Carter Wilkerson‏ asked Wendy’s Twitter account how many retweets he would need to earn a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets.<p>Like most tweets shouted out to the faceless void of #brand Twitter accounts, it should have ended there.<p>Except: …

Self-healing phone screen can fix itself in 24 hours

The days of scratched and cracked smartphone screens could soon be numbered after researchers created a "stretchy" screen that can repair itself.<p>Researchers at the University of California Riverside have designed a new polymer that can heal itself, opening up the ability to fuse cracks and paper …

Reminder: Mike Pence Voted Against Recognizing Pi Day

Every year on March 14th, the nerd community gathers ‘round to celebrate the beloved mathematical constant pi. We know that pi is so much more than …

Gödel’s First Incompleteness Theorem explained

Once upon a time, mathematicians thought they would be able to prove everything. The endeavor was known as Hilbert’s Program. They would find a …

Welcome to the Turkish ‘Village’ Dedicated to Maths

Ali Nesin, a Turkish maths professor created a sanctuary totally dedicated to quality number crunching.<p>Maths lovers rejoice: There's a "village" in Turkey where visitors can develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of numbers, all from the comforts of a leafy green sanctuary. Welcome to …

Fair division and the Thue-Morse sequence

Suppose two captains, A and B, are choosing people for their teams. To make things fair, the two captains alternate choices: A, B, A, B, etc. This is …

Scientists have finally figured out what caused the largest volcanic eruption in human history

Now, scientists may have worked out what triggers them to blow in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.<p>The Toba eruption was the largest volcanic eruption witnessed in history, which covered 2,800 cubic kilometers of the surrounding area in volcanic ash, causing enormous amounts …

A Search Engine for Programming Language Syntax Is a Pretty Good Idea

Coding very often means Googling.<p>The current search engine for programming language syntax is Google. Knowing how to search for information is a key skill in knowing how to program at all. You can know all of the algorithms and a half-dozen programming languages inside-out, but you will nonetheless …

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days | Inc.com

For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow consumers hogging spots at a local charging station, Musk …

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New Python 3.6 Release Addresses a Growing User Base

The coding community got a nice bonus gift under our collective Christmas tree on December 23, 2016, when the Python Software Foundation released the …

More fun with Dirichlet convolution

I’m back after a bit of a hiatus for the holidays! Last time we saw how the principle of <i>Möbius inversion</i> arises from considering the function from …

A popular quote from L E Dickson, anyone know this date? https://t.co/3KjQBryvRc

Asking someone to write a ‘not equals’ sign can be quite revealing. https://t.co/QKWTAaYGTg

Visualizing the Riemann zeta function and analytic continuation

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PYX (Python Exchange)

<i>A program that simulates real-time stock trading using a basic mean reversion algorithm.</i><p><b>What is PYX?</b><p>PYX is a flexible program that simulates the …

The Sophomore's Spindle: All about the function x^x

$x^x$. x-to-the-power-of-x. For natural numbers, it grows as 1, 4, 27, 256, 3125. It is not the most important or useful function, but it has a few …

World's Largest Math Proof Takes Up 200 Terabytes

That's a whole lotta external hard drives.<p>Got a terabyte external hard drive at home? Great. Now go buy 199 more and you'll be able to store all the data that was required to make this math proof. <i>Nature</i> reports on a new paper in arXiv outlining how an international team of researchers created this …

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