It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public
Mosquitoes thrive in rainy climates, even though a typical raindrop can weigh up to 50 times as much as the insect. Scientists have thus long pondered how mosquitoes can fly through a rainstorm without getting killed by such collisions, the impact of which is comparable to a human being hit by a bus. The short answer is that the mosquitoes are so light that they simply hitch a ride on the raindrop without any significant force being transferred to them.
People say Murray’s miserable because he doesn’t smile very often. He’s not miserable. He’s normal.
George Hart shows us how to cut a bagel such that it ends up as two linked bagel-rings. His knife follows the surface of a two-twist Möbius strip, making use of the initial bagel’s ring shape to tease the second ring out of it. Hart then proceeds to show us how to toast it, and asks the tantalizing question: how much more cream cheese can you get on this cut bagel, versus a traditional cut? Not being a mathemagician, I’ll let y’all talk that one through in the comments.
The idea that exercise is more important than diet in the fight against obesity has been contradicted by new research.
What do you and your family eat each week? You may be shocked to see the significant variation even between relatively ‘similar’ nations when it comes to diet. While many families within the United States and Mexico include fast food and soda into the core of their nutritional program, families from nations like Bhutan survive off of traditional base food items like vegetables and grains. It is easy to see why disease rates are skyrocketing in many developed countries, where nutrition is not held to a very high regard. There is a huge difference in what the world eats, referring to different nations across the globe.
Most people cringe at the thought of a cold shower. Just a glance at the many polar bear clubs dipping themselves into freezing water can make even those resistant to cold turn their heads away. However, the sporadic research that has been done suggests that regular exposure to cold water (via showers, baths or swims) may have some incredible health benefits.
Ecommerce merchants have a new tool at their disposal to help mitigate the risk of fraud in online transactions, with MasterCard’s introduction of Expert Monitoring Fraud Scoring for Merchants.
iamonds are forever — or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against “decoherence” — noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly.
The first thing you notice in General James Wolfe’s copy of An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard – the copy he took with him to the 1759 siege of Quebec, the same copy he seems to have read the night before he fell on the Plains of Abraham – is how neat Wolfe’s handwriting is.
Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall,
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However also have a look at his blog, it is pretty witty and a good read too.
WORCESTER was “exceedingly gritty and salty” and Durham was “disappointingly bland”, but none came close to the horror of the “foul, sickly sweet” Wakefield.