Way back in 1611, Johannes Kepler suggested that the most efficient way to stack spheres—like arranging oranges for sale—was in a pyramid formation. Sadly, he couldn't prove it, but now a computer has finally verified it to be true, settling centuries of debate.
Where do a zebra's stripes, a leopard's spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago – by the man who cracked the Enigma code.
Facebook's new Graph Search is an ambitious project, and brings with it the need for some serious computational grunt. Here's how Facebook is taking on that challenge.
Unsurprisingly, a lot's changed since the 1500s, not least of all language. But now a physicist has crunched through 5.2 million books published over five centuries in order to analyze the way the English language has changed over time.
Some tastes just go together beautifully: lamb and rosemary, tomato and basil, peanut butter and jelly. But despite a new wave of molecular gastronomy, human imagination can only go so far—which is why scientists are developing computational chemistry techniques to predict the flavor combinations of the future.
Yesterday, Alexander Yee and Shigeru Kondo announced that they had set a new Pi world record, calculating it to five trillion digits—some 6TB of data—using a single custom built computer. The five trillionth digit? It's a 2.