# 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…

# 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…

# Silicon Valley Giants Just Handed Out $15M in Prizes to Mathematicians

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which is funded by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and investor Yuri Milner, just doled out five $3 million awards to cutting edge math projects (which you almost certainly won't understand).

# Beautiful Illusions: The Economics of UberX

*Last month, Uber boasted that its drivers command a median salary of $90,000 per year. This is not totally honest. **Justin Singer** wades into the financial morass, and says the truth about how much Uber drivers make is very far from simple.*

# A Little Fancy Math Could Make Mobile Networks Five Times Faster

LTE might be fast, but it sure ain't fast enough. Enter new research from MIT and Caltech, which suggests that a little fancy math could boost mobile data transmission rates—by as much as 400 percent.

# How to Calculate Pi with a Shotgun

We all know pi, at least the first three digits of it. If for some reason you forgot them though, there's good news. All you need to get that knowledge back is some aluminum foil, ingenuity, and a shotgun.

# Don't Drive 1,000 MPH: Raindrops Will Destroy Your Windshield

Rain hitting your windshield can mean dicey road conditions and traffic snags. According to XKCD's *What If*, the force of those drops hitting your windshield can also destroy your car's windshield. Lesson learned: don't drive at speeds of Mach 1.5 in a downpour if you want your glass to survive.

# 10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work As a Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile's Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer video explains the basics.