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Technology makes us the “least-lonely” generation, says Aziz Ansari—but it’s worse than that

Comic Aziz Ansari, of <i>Parks and Recreation</i> fame, has a new standup special on Netflix. <i>Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden</i> covers a lot of ground: dating, male feminists, first-generation problems; the list goes on.<p>Ansari’s views on technology, however, and how we use it to organize our social …

Pi Day 2015: meet the man who invented π

In 1706, William Jones – a self-taught mathematician and one of Anglesey’s most famous sons – published his seminal work, <i>Synopsis palmariorum matheseos</i>, roughly translated as <i>A summary of achievements in mathematics</i>.<p>It is a work of great historical interest because it is where the symbol π appears …

Mathematics

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world around us.<p>It’s about rivers. Or more precisely, the bendiness of rivers.<p>As you will know, some rivers are relatively straight while other rivers twist and turn …

Mathematics

Video: Making Music On A Tiny Tesla Coil

At Maker Faire 2014, the music was...electrifying<p>Tesla coils are popular for demonstrating wireless electrical transmission, nifty experiments...and ability to shoot bolts of lightning. Plus, you can modulate the coil's output to produce different tones and even play songs. Musical groups have …

Maker Faire

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Watch: the German rollercoaster restaurant

Move over conveyor belt sushi, the rollercoasting hamburger is here<p>It gives fast food a new meaning: a restaurant in Germany that features its very own rollercoaster.<p>Located in the northern port city of Hamburg, the restaurant has been fittingly named the Rollercoaster Restaurant, and can seat as …

Abu Dhabi

Stephen Hawking's new speech system is free and open-source

Intel has today unveiled a new open-source communication system created especially for Professor Stephen Hawking, which can be adapted for the three …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a while. But as the second hand ticks past a minute, I know I’m on borrowed time. My heart is pounding. I let out a …

155 Years Later, Darwin's Manuscripts Are Going Digital

Online archives let you get inside the great biologist's head<p>Charles Darwin may be a household name now, but we haven’t always had the theory of natural selection. On November 24, 1859, he published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> as a culmination of nearly three decades of research after his journey on …

Dipping Into India, Dunkin’ Donuts Changes Menu

Adapting to Local Tastes, Chain Downplays Doughnuts, Adds Veggie Burgers<p>NEW DELHI—Diksha Sharma visits her neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts three times a week but has yet to buy its doughnuts or coffee. The 23-year-old publicist goes there for the burgers.<p>“I don’t think anyone would come just for a …

Dunkin' Donuts

International crackdown on online drug markets leads to 17 arrests, multiple shutdowns

The international law enforcement push that led to the arrest of alleged Silk Road 2 operator Blake Benthall has also shut down several other online drug and illegal goods marketplaces and made over a dozen arrests. This morning, Europol revealed the extent of Operation Onymous, a mission carried …