Your app makes me fat
In 1999, Professor Baba Shiv (currently at Stanford) and his co-author Alex Fedorikhin did a simple experiment on 165 grad students.They asked half to memorize a seven-digit number and the other half to memorize a two-digit number. After completing the memorization task, participants were told the e...
Computer scientists develop 'mathematical jigsaw puzzles' to encrypt software
(Phys.org) —UCLA computer science professor Amit Sahai and a team of researchers have designed a system to encrypt software so that it only allows someone to use a program as intended while preventing any deciphering of the code behind it. This is known in computer science as 'software obfuscation,'...
Ruins of forgotten empires: APL languages
One of the problems with modern computer technology: programmers don't learn from the great masters. There is such a thing as a Beethoven or Mozart of software design. Modern programmers seem more ...
Women in Science
Summers was deservedly castigated, but not for the right reasons. He claimed to be giving a comprehensive list of reasons why there weren't more women reaching the top jobs in the sciences. Yet Summers, an economist, left one out: Adjusted for IQ, quantitative skills, and working hours, jobs in scie...
ou’re probably thinking that a talk called “Is there anything good about men” will be a short talk! Recent writings have not had much good to say about men. Titles like Men Are Not Cost Effective speak for themselves. Maureen Dowd’s book was called Are Men Necessary? and although she never gave an e...
"Is There Anything Good About Men?"
This is one of those rare articles that, albeit long, suffices to change your viewpoint about something. It's a pretty refreshing and interesting take on gender inequality.Posted on 2013-07-21T17:18:36+0000
A faster Internet — designed by computers? - MIT News Office
Computer-designed algorithms for controlling network congestion yield transmission rates two to three times as high as those designed by humans.
Why Does Every Movie Released These Days Feel Exactly the Same? This Book.
If you’ve gone to the movies recently, you may have felt a strangely familiar feeling: You’ve seen this movie before. Not this exact movie, but some of these exact story beats: the hero dressed down by his mentor in the first 15 minutes (Star Trek Into Darkness, Battleship); the villain...
J.K. Rowling and the Chamber of Literary Fame
Last weekend’s revelation that J.K. Rowling is the author of the critically acclaimed and -- until now -- commercially unsuccessful crime novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling” has electrified the book world and solidified Rowling’s reputation as a genuine writing talent: After all, if she can impress the cri...
Unhappy Truckers and Other Algorithmic Problems - Issue 3: In Transit - Nautilus
When Bob Santilli, a senior project manager at UPS, was invited in 2009 to his daughter’s fifth grade class on Career Day, he struggled…
The Forbidden Island
The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader.Ever heard of North Sentinel Island? Probably not …even thought's one of the most unusual places on Earth. What makes it so odd? The people -they've been there a long time, completely cut off from the rest of the worl...
Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Computer Flaws
Governments pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn about and exploit flaws in the computer systems of foreign adversaries.
It's interesting how people used to just find vulnerabilities as a hobby and report them for free (and get maybe a T-shirt in return); and now they go for hundreds of thousands or even millions.Posted on 2013-07-14T19:06:53+0000
The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare.
Chinese Citizens on Tour in Europe
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking
Gesticulating is a vital part of communication in Italy, where about 250 gestures are used regularly and studied by scientists and philosophers.