Genius app instantly solves math problems by using a phone's camera

I've seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone's camera at them. It's like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point and solve and never do math again. » 10/21/14 9:02pm 10/21/14 9:02pm

Keeping Bike Shares Running Smoothly Requires Seriously Complex Math

Here's kind of a dirty secret about bike share: Bikes don't end up distributed evenly across the system, so most cities use trucks and trailers to shuffle the bikes around to the kiosks where they're needed most at different times of day. Turns out it requires a complicated algorithm to determine exactly when and… » 8/27/14 7:15pm 8/27/14 7:15pm

These Typefaces Are Tiny Math Puzzles Made by MIT Scientists

When quickly sending an email, creating a company logo, or writing a post about mathematical typefaces, hundreds of thousands of fonts exist to help express a specific mood or feeling though we rarely escape the realm of a well-known few. Although it's well-documented that creating fonts can be an art, two… » 8/14/14 3:43pm 8/14/14 3:43pm

The Easy Way to Know the Height of the Cliff You're Jumping Off

So you fancy yourself a pretty good cliff-jumper. You always personally inspect your landing spot for hazards and the necessary depth. Good. But here's the thing, how do you know how much depth you need unless you know exactly how high you're jumping from? With NASA smarts, that's how. » 8/05/14 12:14pm 8/05/14 12:14pm

The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've… » 6/28/14 8:00pm 6/28/14 8:00pm

Why the Moon Looks Bigger on the Horizon

This is a question that has been debated for several thousand years. One popular myth, dating all the way back to Aristotle in the 4th century BC and which still endures somewhat today, is that it is simply a case of magnification caused by the Earth's atmosphere. While a "magnification" effect is taking place, it… » 6/27/14 5:45am 6/27/14 5:45am