Medications commonly used to treat dementia could result in harmful weight loss, according to UC San Francisco researchers, and clinicians need to account for this risk when prescribing these drugs to older adults, they said. —> Read More
NASA scientists have created the best-ever global map of Charon, using images taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager in July 2015. Charon, the largest of the known moons of Pluto, was discovered in June 1978 by astronomer James Christy of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), using the 1.55-m telescope at USNO’s Flagstaff Station. [...] —> Read More
Teachers and students from rural schools in South Africa and Italy are benefiting from an ESA-supported project that enriches education through satcoms. —> Read More
Turn your smartphone into a HOLOGRAM: Device made from an old CD case transforms your mobile into 3D projector
A simple hack converts your smartphone into a hologram projector using an old CD case and some sticky tape. The device allows you to view objects on your display apparently floating in mid-air. —> Read More
These sites help ensure better security by encrypting your online chats, erasing browsing history and keeping your physical geo-location top secret. —> Read More
Nasa photographers managed to capture the International Space Station as it was silhouetted in front of the moon. It took just 0.82 seconds to pass across the moon’s face. —> Read More
Thoughts of mathematics are never far from my mind – a hazard of the profession as mathematician, perhaps. Often these thoughts are inspired by current events, most recently the extraordinary and extraterrestrial successes of the New Horizons and Kepler missions, much of which was made possible by mathematics. But the truth is that you don’t need to travel to Pluto to see or think about math. You can do it just by going out for breakfast in a bakery in Santa Fe.
The Chocolate Maven in Santa Fe is a bakery well-known for its delicious pastries, cookies, and breads. It’s also a great place for breakfast that has the added attraction of a large glass wall at one end, allowing the diners to watch the baking in action. As I was sitting there slightly bleary-eyed with my wife, I was soon transfixed by the croissant-making going on just on the other side of the wall, enjoying and relaxing to the rhythm of the process and slowly, but inexorably, starting to think about mathematics.
What can I say? I can’t help myself. Part of the danger of the profession I suppose. I like to believe that for most of us the events of the day, even the most quotidian, are filtered through the things that we think about most, so that pretty much every experience becomes some kind of odd Rohrshach test. On the other side of the glass an economist might have seen an Adam Smith-like division of labor, a chemist or physicist could have reflected on the baking process, while a businessperson considered the profit margin or workflow. I’m a mathematician and I saw math.
Math? Math in bakery? Sure. Plenty of it.
Directly in front of me a large sheet of pastry —> Read More
This is the moment a plane enthusiast captured a UFO overtaking a flight during take-off from New York JFK airport. The peculiar object has led to speculation that it may be an extraterrestrial craft. —> Read More
The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of a planetary nebula called NGC 6818. When stars like the Sun enter retirement, they shed their outer layers into space to create glowing clouds of gas called planetary nebulae. This ejection of mass is uneven, [...] —> Read More
Is Apple Music playing YOU the wrong tunes? Users complain streaming service is giving them different versions of tracks
Apple Music (pictured) is designed to let users stream music from a library but people have complained it’s unable to distinguish between single, live and acoustic versions of a song. —> Read More