# How Computers Handle Negative Numbers (and Sometimes Get It Wrong)

The digital world runs on binary. But while numbers made up of ones and zeroes is easy enough to get your head round, what happens when you need to express a negative number in digital form?

# Polynesian People Were Using Binary 600 Years Ago

Binary lies at the heart of our technological lives: those strings of ones and zeroes are fundamental to the way all our digital devices function. But while the invention of binary is usually credited to German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz in the 18th Century, it turns out the Polynesians were using it as far backâ€¦

# Counting the Dead: 92,901 Killed In Syrian Uprising

Syria's violent crackdown on the uprising has already claimed 92,901 lives, and that very specific number was reached by human rights groups collecting the actual names of those killed from family and friends in Syria since fighting began two years ago. Still, analysts admit the real number is much higher.

# Why We Should Switch To A Base-12 Counting System

Humans, for the most part, count in chunks of 10 â€” that's the foundation of the decimal system. Despite its near-universal adoption, however, it's a completely arbitrary numbering system that emerged for one very simple reason: We have five fingers on each hand. But as many mathematicians like to point out, base-10â€¦

# This Man Counted to 100,000 in 77 Hours for Your Viewing Pleasure

This is Jon. He recently recorded himself counting to 100,00, one deliberately paced integer at a time. Join him won't you? At least for a little? You don't often get to stare so directly into the face of madness.

# If Only Everything In Life Could Be Coded

If only the trick worked, I'd actually learn to code this properly:

# Vintage Desk Coughs Up Vintage General Electric Abacus

Those young whipper snappers back in 1979 couldn't hold a candle to this archaic computational device, the abacus. Gizmodo 600 BC, anyone?

# Babies Can Communicate with Numbers Before Talking

Human infants are born with an innate mathematical ability that allows them to count large numbers of objects more easily than groups of two or three. A new study of 4.5 month old infants' "number sense" suggests that emphasizing language before numbers is the wrong way to teach kids about the world. Babies canâ€¦

# Japanese Beer Mug Counts Calories While You're Swillin'

For the waistline-conscious teetotaller drunk bastard, we present this calorie-counting beer mug. Sure you could just keep track in your head, but this way at least honey knows you're trying. [Product Page (Japanese) via Tokyomango]