Applied SciencesApplied sciences such as engineering and mathematics use scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
Tuesday on the Freakonomics blog, Stephen Dubner posed the following question from a reader:I am an economics teacher from Alaska. I can personally list my top 10 favorite actors, top 10 favorite living writers, top 10 favorite rock groups, and even my top 10 living economists and top 10 entreprene...
April 02, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Charles Babbage, the grandfather of the computer, envisioned a calculating machine that was never built, until now
April 02, 2009 | By Aleta George
In honor of Pi Day, 3/14/2009, I present the first 2009 digits of Pi:3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648...
March 14, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
The five-pound RQ-14A takes high-tech reconnaissance to new heights
March 2009 | By Owen Edwards
This weekend, blog overseer Laura and I are writing from the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. The press briefing began with four scientists gazing upwards. This would normally be odd, but when the scientists are all experts in origami and the ceiling looks like folded paper, not so much. "We're just...
February 15, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
As I was paging through a special Sport section in a December issue of the British Medical Journal (the source of Tuesday’s post on noisy golf clubs), two words caught my eye: papal rugby.Those words were part of a larger phrase (the special and general theories of papal rugby) that makes no more s...
January 08, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
My friend Charles Seife is a connoisseur of counterintuitive numbers problems. He wrote an op-ed for yesterday's New York Times about the recount in Minnesota, which seems like it ought to be a simple problem but isn't:Throw in the weirdo ballots with lizard people, stray marks and indecipherable d...
December 05, 2008 | By Laura Helmuth
Lab-grown gemstones are now practically indistinguishable from mined diamonds. Scientists and engineers see a world of possibilities
June 2008 | By Ulrich Boser
Terence Tao is regarded as first among equals among young mathematicians, but who's counting
October 2007 | By Dana Mackenzie
Where are your friends in cyberspace? Closer than you might think, says Internet researcher Jon Kleinberg
October 2007 | By Matt Dellinger
Why a leading expert on the history of timekeeping set out to create a sundial unlike anything the world has ever seen
January 2007 | By Dava Sobel
Amy Smith, a practitioner of humanitarian engineering, wants to solve everyday problems for rural families in the developing world.
September 2006 | By Amy Crawford
The invention of a gas-fueled generator the size of a quarter heralds a future of ever-smaller machines
July 2002 | By Fred Hapgood
His 1935 rocket was a technological tour de force, but Robert H. Goddard hid it from history.
February 2001 | By Tom D. Crouch
Genius, willpower and thousands of miles of steel wire went into the George Washington Bridge
October 1999 | By Valerie Jablow