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Blog Profile / Babbage


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage
Filed Under:Technology
Posts on Regator:1253
Posts / Week:8
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Sister Earth

6 hours agoTechnology : Babbage

ONE OF the biggest stories in astronomy over the past two decades has been the promotion of exoplanets—planets orbiting stars other than the Sun—from science fiction to reality. Astronomers, and anyone with even the faintest grasp of...Show More Summary

Baked brains

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

LATER this month, Washington will hold an unusual lottery: it will select 334 lucky winners of licences to sell recreational marijuana in the Pacific-Northwestern state. If all goes to plan, some of those pot shops will be serving stoners (who in Washington can already possess small recreational quantities of the drug) by early summer. Show More Summary

Is big data bullshit?

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

THE IPCC on mitigating climate change, the big data backlash and reusable rockets

Papering over e-books

2 days agoTechnology : Babbage

ONE might easily think that print publishing is a fussy business: all of that preparation to put ink on paper seems rather last century—or last half millennium. Electronic books have been hailed as the future and the perfection of the codex format, because of their ease of production, distribution, and infinite perfect replication. Show More Summary

Yours to cut out and keep

3 days agoTechnology : Babbage

IF EVER a technology were ripe for disruption, it is the microscope. Benchtop microscopes have remained essentially unchanged since the 19th century—their shape a cartoonist’s cliché of science akin to alchemical glassware and Bunsen burners. Show More Summary

Rebels without a cause?

4 days agoTechnology : Babbage

CARBON DIOXIDE, when dissolved in water, creates an acid. The continued rise in greenhouse-gas emissions means that since recordings began in the 1980s, the acidity of the oceans has risen from pH 8.11 to pH 8.06 (on the pH scale, lower numbers mean more acid). Show More Summary

Much to crow about

6 days agoTechnology : Babbage

FROM ancient cave art in France to Van Gogh’s last painting, members of the crow family, or corvids, have inspired mythology and literature implying their intelligence to be superior to that of other animals. Indeed, corvids are cleverer than most birds, and are known to perform feats that can stump even primates and small children. Show More Summary

Cancer quests

last weekTechnology : Babbage

HOW can playing on an app generate scientific meaning? It’s a question that Cancer Research UK may have just answered at a favourable time: the use of mobile games increased by 66% last year. The charity enlisted the help of gaming experts...Show More Summary

Dark matter: not so dark

last weekTechnology : Babbage

NEW hints of dark matter, the IBM System 360 mainframe computer at 50, and regenerating the thymus organ

Flying with the sun

last weekTechnology : Babbage

IT LOOKS like being one of the most uncomfortable long-haul flights ever. This much is obvious from the unveiling in Switzerland on April 9th of Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft ungainly in appearance with a 72 metre (236 foot) wingspan, bigger than that of some jumbojets, but offering space inside for just one person: the pilot. Show More Summary

A digital heart attack

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THE Heartbleed Bug sounds like a particularly nasty coronary complication. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. According to researchers who uncovered...Show More Summary

End of the road for Windows XP

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THIS week sees the last batch of bug fixes and security patches that Microsoft will issue for Windows XP. After April 8th, computers using the 13-year-old operating system will continue to work just fine, but all technical support for XP—whether paid or otherwise—will cease. Show More Summary

Sunsets and scientists

last weekTechnology : Babbage

POLLUTION plagued London last week and citizens were encouraged to stay inside. The rich colours of sunset paintings by Turner (as seen above), Reynolds and Gainsborough in the city’s Tate Gallery could be enjoyed nevertheless. A new...Show More Summary

What comes around...

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THE internet is usually abuzz about spam, also known as UCE: unsolicited commercial email. It clogs mailboxes and contains fraudulent content, viruses and phish attacks. The old style of spam, junk mail sent through the post office, is less commented upon because, while irritating, it is seemingly easier to toss. Show More Summary

Dark matter

last weekTechnology : Babbage

The health effects of a world without darkness (Aeon) Humans evolved to fit round natural rhythms of day and night. Is an artificial light a health hazard? Waiting for BQP fever (Scott Aaronson) Partly a review of the particle physics...Show More Summary

Anchors aweigh

last weekTechnology : Babbage

NATURE has a habit of inspiring engineers. The upturned wingtips of modern airliners, there to provide additional lift, resemble the curled wingtip feathers of eagles as they soar towards the sky. The grooved skin of a shark helps it swim faster and has been copied by makers of swimsuits and racing yachts. Show More Summary

Picking over the traces

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

IN THE half a billion or so years since the “Cambrian explosion” saw the swift emergence of most types of animal, the fossil record of their activities—known as trace fossils—has largely been limited to a small number per species. Worms and other subterranean creatures dug now-fossilized burrows. Show More Summary

A stern warming

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THE IPCC’s latest climate-change report, a clever new messaging app and why NASA wants to capture an asteroid

Homeopathy: the solution to humanity's woes

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

OUR Economist Explains blog has just posted an article on why homeopathy is nonsense: The most comprehensive review of homeopathy was published in 2005 in the Lancet, a medical journal. Researchers compared trials of homeopathic and conventional medicines. Show More Summary

Barking up the right tree

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

MORE than 15 years have elapsed since the birthplace of the skyscraper was last home to the world’s tallest building. But if America lacks the highest high-rise made from traditional concrete and steel, it may yet boast the world’s tallest skyscraper made from dead trees. Show More Summary

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