Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Science | The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula Supported by Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a customizable algebraic equation. BySiobhan Roberts Feb. 14, 2019 Meet Süss, a math widget after your own heart: Like many geometric figures, a heart can be captured in all its curvaceous glory by a single algebraic equation. The equation for a sphere looks simple enough: x²+y²+z²=1. A heart is something more complex: Süss — German for “sweet” — is an interactive widget that allows you to tweak the algebra and customize the heart to your souls’s delight. It was created for Valentine’s Day by Imaginary, a nonprofit organization in Berlin that designs open-source mathematics programs and exhibitions. (You can also visit their widget on its website … [Read more...] about The Perfect Valentine? A Math Formula
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No visit to Las Vegas will be the same, as the city is constantly reinventing itself and regularly produces jaw-dropping shows, superb restaurants, luxurious hotels, and an incredible nightlife. There are so many activities and attractions that you would struggle to fit 1 percent of them into your visit. That’s why you must do your research to have an unforgettable time in Sin City. Read on for some helpful tips on how to plan the perfect trip to Viva Las Vegas. Choose the Perfect Hotel Sin City is home to more than 150,000 hotel rooms, so it would take you hundreds of years to stay in every room. It’s easy to feel spoilt for options when booking a hotel in the city. There are, however, ways to narrow your search. Not only should you look for rooms to complement your budget, but you also should identify how busy a hotel will be. It’s vital to remember that Las Vegas is a big convention destination, so rooms can quickly fill up and hotels can become a little chaotic … [Read more...] about The Perfect Vegas Trip, Sorted
With constant social media reminders about our bodies – and what we put into them – how do we resist pressure to conform to an ‘ideal’ vision of health and beauty? Not long ago, on Instagram, a small ad appeared that suggested that users download Photable, an app that allows people to discreetly add abs or a bronzed glow to a person in any photograph. The app arrived just in time for summer. Those who use it can show off their virtual body in seconds and, by doing so, look more like influencers on social media – most of whom have had plastic surgery. Capable of reaching a large number of social media users thanks to companies’ use of more efficient algorithms, Photable is just another tool that is furthering society’s obsession with the perfect body. ‘Ideal’ body is just clicks away The app Pump Up goes even further. This app is a social network that is oriented toward those obsessed with having a sculpted body, and it … [Read more...] about Obsessed: Chasing the false ideal of the perfect body
Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles 2’ Pixar The Incredibles is the greatest superhero film of all time.I realize that’s the Why-Didn’t-I-Blow-On-This-Soup-First-Dear-Lord-My-Mouth-Is-On-Fire of hot takes in a world where The Dark Knight, Logan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, the original Superman movies (just the first two), all sorts of Spider-Man flicks and Avengers: Infinity War exist. But it’s true.You see, we here at Observer were exhausted from trudging through endless debates about which superhero movie sits atop the colorfully caped throne. How can we compare a single entry in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to a standalone Batman movie? Do we judge the X-Men franchise as a whole or individually? Why can’t I introduce my argument without a narrative crutch like rhetorical questions? A consensus could never be reached.So to bring a little order to this lawless cinematic landscape, we came up with the … [Read more...] about Sorry ‘Dark Knight’, But ‘The Incredibles’ Is the Greatest Superhero Movie Ever
The first food poisoning cases came to light in late March — eight patrons of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey suffered bloody diarrhea and cramps that sent them rushing to hospitals. More than two months later, one person is dead in California, 75 others have been hospitalized, and federal authorities still don’t know where a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria latched onto romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. Their struggle to trace dozens of supply lines across 32 states, on a paper trail that often may actually be on paper, demonstrates the limits of tracing food by methods rooted in another century. Food-safety advocates and industry insiders say it may be time to borrow the encrypted accounting platform that drives cryptocurrency: blockchain. “I often describe that as food traceability at the speed of thought — as quickly as you can think it, we can know it,” said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart, which is scaling up an … [Read more...] about Could blockchain have solved the mystery of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak?