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The Mathematics of Parking Cars

<i>Update: the graph now has a description</i><p>The beauty of mathematics is that if you think hard enough, you can apply it to nearly anything. And this …

How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space Mathematics - MIT Technology Review

Computer science is changing the nature of the translation of words and sentences from one language to another. Anybody who has tried BabelFish or …

The Overuse of Elegant Mathematics

In the new magazine <i>Nautilus</i>, I have an article where I discuss the human tendency to desire elegant mathematical explanations of the world around us, …

Science Weekly podcast: the mathematics of sport

This week <b>Alok Jha</b> meets <b>John D Barrow</b>, professor of mathematical science at the University of Cambridge and author of Mathletics.<p>In this extended interview Alok and John discuss the science of sport, from Wimbledon to the Tour De France, from track and field to aquatics. In the midst of the summer …

Our universe is painted with numbers, says <b>Marcus du Sautoy</b>. Mathematical patterns are a universal feature of the natural world, from the petals of flowers and the seeds in an apple to honeycombs and the ratios of musical harmony. And for the Oxford mathematician, the equations that describe how the …

Not a fan of parallel parking? Have no fear, the self-parking car is here. Watch it in action: http://f-st.co/al3GuxA

These are the countries expected to see the biggest rise in annual growth rates from now until 2017: http://bit.ly/15fLZlr Photo: India, known as a haven for gold jewelry lovers, will grow more than any other market.

Peering at distant rocks

THE author of "Five Billion Years of Solitude" explains how scientists search for planets around other suns, what the signs of life might be and why …

Disney Created A Microphone That Turns Your Body Into A Walkie-Talkie

The Japanese idiom <i>ishin-denshin</i> refers to “an unspoken mutual understanding” and literally translates as “what the mind thinks, the heart transmits.” It’s also the apt name of a new Disney microphone device that inaudibly transmits sounds through the human body.<p>It’s easiest to think of …

On September 11, a reflection on New York City and its many revelations: http://bit.ly/13MrFr8 Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP

Gigaom | We did our best, but we were powerless to reinvent journalism — it was a digital riptide!

Advertisement<p>History is written by the victors, Winston Churchill said — the implication being that they choose to tell the story they want people to …

"On average, said spires account for nearly 30% of the height of the skyscraper cases..." The world's 10 vainest skyscrapers: http://f-st.co/tPEiOAs

In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Getting Six Times Faster And Easier To Find

Web surfing while on an airplane has quickly gone from futuristic luxury to annoying hassle, as pointed out by comedian Louis C.K. in one of his best rants ever. The culprit: insufficient bandwidth from cellular towers that slows down as it is shared by several passengers, and that can’t handle the …

Disney has created a microphone that transmits sounds through your finger: http://f-st.co/F3EDyLE

More Than 200,000 Sign up for One-Way Trip to Mars; Next Phase Launched

More than 200,000 people have expressed interest in traveling to Mars and never coming back, Mars One announced on September 9.<p>Mars One announced in …

NATO Tests Electromagnetic Beam To Stop Suicide Bombers

The non-lethal weapon stops vehicles by turning off their engines.<p>NATO is developing a device that stops suicide bombers' vehicles before they can reach their targets. In a video released today, NATO researchers in Norway demonstrate the effectiveness of the weapon against cars, a jet ski, and a …

New camouflage coating uses squid protein to become invisible to infrared, night vision

Researchers at UC Irvine have created a new camouflage coating inspired by the pencil squid that is invisible to infrared cameras. The university developed the coating with military applications in mind — a tool to hide from enemies. Alon Gorodetsky, an assistant professor at Irvine who led the …