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Pedro Matias Sets New Texting Record At Mobile World Cup 70 70

Pedro Matias showed off his mad txtin sklz at this year's Mobile World Cup and managed to set a new record for "fastest, most accurate" texts as determined by the event's corporate owners. "history was made when Portugal's Pedro Matias set the new World's Record for texting by typing a 264-character text in just 1 minute 59 seconds (besting the previous record by 23 seconds). Of course, each Mobile World Cup must have its share of controversy -- in this case, Engadget Mobile's very own Chris Ziegler led a silent protest during the awards ceremony. The group was reportedly upset over the use of QWERTY phones (the LG enV3 in this case) to break the record."

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282 Screenshot-sm 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242 242

likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140 Screenshot-sm 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Submission + - Israel Gelfand Dies at 96->

tehgnome writes: Arguably the greatest mathematician of the 20th century has passed at the age of 96. The wake of Gelfand's work has influenced every modern branch of mathematics from Representation theory and Fourier analysis, to Algebraic Geometry. He will be remembered for his extreme influence on the world of mathematics and his legendary Gelfand seminar.
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Comment Re:I tried to access the floppy drive (Score 1) 739 739

Mandrake for me also, dual booted for about a year before switching to Ubuntu. My first real task in linux besides installing hundreds of programs which i would never use, was renaming enormous amounts of images; something that i hated doing in windows could now be automated.

Comment Re:Any abstract algebra text (Score 1) 630 630

I think you make a nice point, but most of all I think you slipped in a better idea. Set Theory. A good class in set theory and introduction to finite math and proofs would be the best. I am a graduate student in mathematics, and I see many math majors without a good background in set theory. Also, getting an early start with induction and simple proofs in combinatorics builds mathematical maturity very quickly. Additionally, it is easy to get students interested in combinatorics because the problems are so easy to understand and fun once you do. Obvious Halmos' Naive Set theory is the one of the standards. For introduction to combinatorics, the book by Jonsenbaugh is pretty easy and it covers and intro to proof. I really like the combinatorics book by Brualdi but it might be a bit difficult. If you are super brave you could read the book by Lawvere on an introduction to category theory...

Extinct Pyrenean Ibex Cloned 249 249

jamie points out a story in the Telegraph about a project to clone the Pyrenean Ibex (known also as bucardo), a species that went extinct in 2000. Before the last known member of the species died, scientists took tissue samples to begin a project to clone the animal. "Using techniques similar to those used to clone Dolly the sheep, known as nuclear transfer, the researchers were able to transplant DNA from the tissue into eggs taken from domestic goats to create 439 embryos, of which 57 were implanted into surrogate females. " Now, for the first time, one of them has survived the gestation period, living for seven minutes after birth. One of the researchers said, "The delivered kid was genetically identical to the bucardo. In species such as bucardo, cloning is the only possibility to avoid its complete disappearance."

Marijuana Could Prevent Alzheimer's, New Study 807 807

Chickan writes "'A puff a day might keep Alzheimer's away, according to marijuana research by professor Gary Wenk and associate professor Yannic Marchalant of the Ohio State Department of Psychology. Wenk's studies show that a low dosage in the morning of a certain canavanoid, a component in marijuana, reversed memory loss in older rats' brains. In his study, an experimental group of old rats received a dosage, and a control group of rats did not. The old rats that received the drugs performed better on memory tests, and the drug slowed and prevented brain cell death.' My fine university's dollars at work!" Maybe it works even better in combination with brain-preserving sips of coffee.

EU Could Force Bundling Firefox With Windows 650 650

Barence writes "The European Commission could force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with future versions of Windows. The revelation came as part of Microsoft's quarterly filing with the Security and Exchange Commission. Among the statements is a clause outlining the penalties being considered by the European watchdog, which recently ruled that Microsoft is harming competition by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. The most interesting situation outlined in the filing would see either Microsoft or computer manufacturers forced to install Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari by default alongside Internet Explorer on new Windows-based PCs."

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"