Wilfred Farquharson

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In the Lap of the Gods on Mt. Olympus: At Home With Zeus on the Looney Front

This is where the gods of ancient Greece lived, loved and laboured mightily to complicate the lives of us poor mortals struggling far below; where, if you believe Homer and others, they quarrelled and brawled in their council; where Zeus continually pissed off his both wife and sister Hera by …

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The hidden power of math: On politics, uncertainty and the rare talent of Nate Silver

<b>Jordan Ellenberg (jordanellenberg.com/Mats Rudels)</b><p>Mathematical thinking is a vital element of a thriving society, according to author Jordan Ellenberg<p>Sarah Gray<p>June 3, 2014 10:58pm (UTC)<p>Math, as author and University of Wisconsin professor Jordan Ellenberg writes, may not be the most readily …

China Built A Prototype For A Train Capable Of Reaching 1,800 MPH

Currently, the fastest commercially operated maglev reaches just 431 km/h and even the world record is just 581 km/hr.<p>According to project lead Dr. Deng Zigang, this huge increase in speed is achieved through the lack of air resistance in the near-vacuum tunnel.<p>"If the running speed exceeds 400 …