Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?   

Politics

Max Fisher and Josh Keller reporting for the New York Times: But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because … Continue reading →

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Shazam Effect   

MusicTechnology

Derek Thompson, writing for The Atlantic: Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and … Continue reading →

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Carpooling Will Save the World   

Science

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 →

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Understanding the Birthday Paradox   

Science

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 →

Saturday, October 25, 2014

OS X Yosemite Adoption   

Apple

From GoSquared’s real-time OS X version distribution page: The graph shows the percentage of visits tracked by GoSquared on over 50,000 sites. Just over a week since its launch, Yosemite is already installed on 1 in 5 Macs. Interestingly, it … Continue reading →

Saturday, October 26, 2013

World Safer Than Ever   

Reading

Jesse Washington, writing for the Associated Press, as published by The Huffington Post: It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place – that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter invades … Continue reading →