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A Major Proof Shows How to Approximate Numbers Like Pi

The ancient Greeks wondered when irrational numbers, like pi, can be represented with fractions. Two mathematicians now have a complete answer.
08/18 578

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture

In 2012 a nongendered pronoun dropped into Swedish discourse. Today it's widely used—and it's nudging people to see the world a little differently.
08/15 1595

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Sexual harassment. Hate speech. Employee walkouts. The Silicon Valley giant is trapped in a war against itself. And there’s no end in sight.
08/13 12610

Fractal Patterns Offer Clues to the Universe's Origin

A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could help explain the birth of the universe and the arrow of time.
08/11 2425

Inside the Hidden World of Elevator Phone Phreaking

Eavesdropping, reprogramming, talking to strangers: Welcome to the harmless and not-so-harmless fun of hacking elevator call boxes.
08/09 551

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

James Clark Maxwell's equations are a big deal in physics, explaining the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Here's the gist of how they work.
08/06 2160

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The Beresheet lunar lander carried thousands of books, DNA samples, and a few thousand water bears to the moon. But did any of it survive the crash?
08/05 4266

A Decades-Old Computer Science Puzzle Was Solved in Two Pages

With a stunningly simple proof, a researcher has finally cracked the sensitivity conjecture, "one of the most frustrating and embarrassing open problems."
08/04 3837

Digital Textbooks Are Forcing a Radical Shift in Higher Ed

Digital-first. Open source. Subscription. The way textbooks are bought and sold is changing—with serious implications for higher education.
08/04 2349

Netflix's 'Dark' Is Mind-Melting Sci-Fi at Its Very Best

The show may not be a cultural juggernaut like 'Stranger Things,' but the multigenerational saga is one of the most rewarding things on TV.
08/03 619