Where did our written numbers come from?
Linguistic clues show how people around the world first developed mathematical thought.
He comes in peace.
This Speed Read makes the case why you should be nice to spiders you encounter in your home and consider a live-and-let-live policy.
What does a machine see when it looks at you?
When people see their bodies in 3D, they feel worse about themselves and more negative in general. That might not put shoppers in a buying mood even for clothes that fit better.
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.
What happened to people inside this building, the U.S. Embassy in Havana?
U.S. State Department
Were foreign diplomats and tourists attacked with a 'sonic weapon' – or was it something else? Ultrasound researchers demonstrate a rational, evidence-based explanation.
What’s the best way to keep data secure?
The FBI and police officials say they need to decrypt secure communications to fight crime. But they have other options, and modern threats make clear the importance of strong encryption.
Victorian mores influenced ideas not just about men and women but animals too.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
Victorian attitudes influenced what scientists thought they were observing about sexual behaviors in the animal world. But modern techniques reveal the myth for what it is.
Breaking down the big numbers.
Today's news can often involve mind-bogglingly large numbers. A math professor shares some tricks for understanding it all.
Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’?
Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.
Next best thing to a hidey-hole box?
Twitter recently blew up with posts wondering about the feline fascination with taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains it's not magic that draws Fluffy to the #CatSquare.
Mapping connections at your next shindig.
Let's say you want the perfect mix of friends and strangers at your next party. Mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century, and the answer is complicated.
If only it were this easy.
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People who think like hackers have some really good ideas about how to protect digital privacy during turbulent times. We can learn from them.