What's luck got to do with it? The math of... →
No one can predict the future, but the powers of probability can help. Armed with this knowledge, a high-school mathematics education and £50, I headed off to find out how Thorp, and others like him, have used mathematics to beat the system. Just how much money could probability make me? p/s: looks easy..but damn tiring to do..
Why humans can't navigate out of a paper bag →
Now researchers have begun to unravel how this system works, and to ponder whether we have lost our way somewhere in evolution, or whether our inner homing pigeon is simply lying dormant, waiting to be released.
Why geeks get the girls →
Is smart sexy? Our knee-jerk reaction – reinforced by cultural stereotypes of Star Trek-convention attending geeks and a seeming obsession with ditzy, pretty starlets – would argue otherwise. Nerds are, well, nerds. But consider Peter Orszag. As director of the US Office of Management and Budget, he is the nation’s most powerful pencil-pusher. Yet Orszag was recently named one of the hunks...
Inflatable heat shield tested in space for first... →
An inflatable heat shield was successfully tested on Monday, demonstrating for the first time that these light, flexible devices could be used to protect spacecraft on their way through planets’ atmospheres. p/s: now everything is inflatable..
Al-Fatihah to Asri Ibrahim (Rabbani.1969-2009).. →
KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua kumpulan nasyid Rabbani, Asri Ibrahim, 40, meninggal dunia di Hospital Pantai, di sini, kira-kira jam 11 pagi tadi kerana sakit jantung.
Ditching binary will make quantum computers more... →
Memo to the developers of superfast quantum computers: give up on the familiar 1s-and-0s binary system used in conventional computers. By switching to a novel five-state system, you will find it easier to build the staggeringly powerful machines. ..But other possibilities exist, Neeley explains. “We could use a ‘trinary’ system with three digits – 0, 1 and 2 – and then the...
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