Stephen Wolfram of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha fame had the chance to visit the archives of German polymath Gottfried Leibniz in Hanover. Despite being almost 300 years old, his papers are still in good condition and show some of the … Read More
Dr. Neal Krawetz has a site, FotoForensics, where people can upload digital photos for forensic analysis. Sometimes there can be instances where the same image gets submitted over and over by different people, which he calls trends. Two recent trending … Read More
There seems to be a never-ending series of amusing and amazing stories featuring (or told by) physicist Richard Feynman. Like this one, Danny Hillis’ reminiscing about Feynman and his work on The Connection Machine .
HD Moore works for a security firm but as a hobby he decided to ping every single IP address and see what he got back. Of the 3.7 billion IP addresses checked he found 310 million with known security vulnerabilities. … Read More
He invented the telephone and his voice was the first to be transmitted by it yet what he sounded like was lost to history. Or at least it was. Bell spent a number of years trying to improve on the … Read More
If you’ve ever seen a cop show on TV you’ve probably seen examples of software that can magically take a photo of someone and search image databases to find all about them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily work that way in … Read More
What happened to Japan's electronic giants? Well, for one thing they couldn’t take advantage of the software revolution that replaced hardware in many devices. The profit margins with software-powered products are far greater and at the same time allows for … Read More
One of the downsides of people switching to wireless phones is it’s now harder to accurately locate someone when they call 911. Although your phone sends GPS information, it’s not helpful in situations like high-rise buildings where callers might be … Read More