David Leonhardt, writing for The New York Times: We’ve chosen a rule that some sequences of three numbers obey — and some do not. Your job is to guess what the rule is. A great little logic puzzle.
Bob Ivry and Yuji Nakamura writing for Bloomberg: Since 1967, when clocks went atomic, human timekeeping has been independent of the earth’s rotation. The problem is, the planet is slowing down and clocks are not. So every few years, to … Continue reading →
German-born physicist Albert Einstein: It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
BBC News: Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, NASA has said. The six-wheeled vehicle – not to be confused with Curiosity, which launched in 2011 – … Continue reading →
Jason Goldman, writing for Conservation: The researchers started with a massive dataset: every trip taken by each of New York City’s 13,586 registered taxis that either started or ended in Manhattan in the year 2011. That gave them more than … Continue reading →
Kalid Azad: In a room of just 23 people there’s a 50-50 chance of two people having the same birthday. In a room of 75 there’s a 99.9% chance of two people matching. Even after reading the article and understanding … Continue reading →
Gretchen Reynolds, writing for The New York Times Magazine back in May 2013: Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research … Continue reading →
Andrew Seaman, reporting for Reuters: Middle and high schools should delay their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. to benefit the health and welfare of students, according to a new policy statement from a large organization of U.S. pediatricians. … Continue reading →
Sean O’Kane, writing for The Verge: NASA’s Curiosity rover just recently finished its second year exploring Mars, and the red planet’s harsh environment has taken its toll. Rocky terrain, tricky sand dunes, and exposure to Martian dust storms have left … Continue reading →
Jonathon Gatehouse, writing for Maclean’s on a wave of anti-science, anti-intellectual thinking in the United States: If the rise in uninformed opinion was limited to impenetrable subjects that would be one thing, but the scourge seems to be spreading. Everywhere … Continue reading →