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Blog Profile / Babbage

Filed Under:Technology
Posts on Regator:1366
Posts / Week:7.7
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Where the wind comes from

21 hours agoTechnology : Babbage

THE monsoon winds that feed much of Asia’s agriculture are, literally, life-giving. If they fail, famine follows. In recent years, however, they have been weakening, and this has led some to fear that one consequence of global climate change would be a less potent monsoon. Show More Summary

Harpooning a space duck

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Google’s Android One smartphones, aimed at the “next billion”, and the plans for a robotic lander to touch down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 16th 2014

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Google’s Android One smartphones aimed at the “next billion” and the plans for a robotic lander to touch down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

A sharper image for TV

2 days agoTechnology : Babbage

WITH high-definition (HD) televisions now in four out of five American homes, they have become, from a manufacturer's point of view, low-profit-margin commodity items. Hence the recent marketing blitz intended to persaude people to replace their existing sets with so-called 4K models, which quadruple the number of pixels on the screen. Show More Summary

Lost in fire, found in water

6 days agoTechnology : Babbage

ONE could easily imagine that the sheer tyrant-lizard kingliness of Tyrannosaurus rex was what made it a staple in popular culture as the largest carnivorous dinosaur. The more likely reason, though, is that some of T. rex's most plausible competition was wiped out by the British Royal Air Force. Show More Summary

Faux go-slow

last weekTechnology : Babbage

DEAR reader, what kept you? Perhaps you were visiting film-streaming service Netflix, discussion forum Reddit, blogging site WordPress or any of dozens of other popular websites where users are halted at an endlessly spinning "loading" icon. Show More Summary

Apple's future will reflect its past

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss the past and future of Apple and a weighty problem in physics

Gaming the college system

last weekTechnology : Babbage

LIKE other parents with teenagers starting their final year in high school, Babbage is learning how fraught the whole process is these days of applying for a place at one or other university his daughter hopes to attend upon matriculation. Show More Summary

The sense of the father

last weekTechnology : Babbage

ANTHROPOLOGISTS have found that polyandry—the union of one woman and more than one man—is a rarity in humans. Across thousands of studied societies, just a few dozen polyandrous cultures exist, widely scattered around the world. For the most part, the guess is that cultural factors are at work. Show More Summary

Social net, working

last weekTechnology : Babbage

IN THEORY, the advent of and explosive growth in social media should be a boon to the social sciences of psychology, anthropology and sociology. Every day, billions of social exchanges occur in the digital wild, each tagged with and linked to the kind of data that many social scientists would give their eye teeth for. Show More Summary

Surveillance state of confusion

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

TECHNOLOGICAL progress presents the world with neologisms that in short order become everyday vocabulary. So it is with "metadata"—that is, data about data. It is a kind of catch-all term that might indicate the time of receipt of an email or phone call, or the location where a picture was taken (not the email, the phone call or the picture itself). Show More Summary

Putting death on ice

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Google’s drones programme and a step towards suspended animation

That others may live

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

IT IS a solemn custom in science to mark the names of collaborators who pass away during the course of an article's publication with a superscript no different than that indicating their academic affiliation. Very rare indeed is the case that five names on a single report should share that mark. Show More Summary

Thou shalt not kill, in theory

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THE street protests in Ferguson, Missouri have been met with a range of so-called non-lethal weaponry, including sonic blasters, rubber balls, stun grenades and tear gas. There has been much debate about whether the authorities' response was disproportionate. Show More Summary

Divining reality from the hype

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. OVER the past few decades it has become clear that innovation—more than inputs of capital and labour—is what drives a modern economy. In the developed...Show More Summary

A saline solution to global warming?

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Amazon’s purchase of Twitch and the reasons behind the recent pause in global warming

Petals to the metal

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

WALK into a florist in America and take a deep breath: beneath the heady scents of petals and pollen, you might just catch a whiff of jet fuel. Nearly three-quarters of all the flowers sold in the US have travelled through Miami International Airport in Florida. Show More Summary

Rideshare dust-ups and space dust

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss the Uber-Lyft rideshare war and dust particles from interstellar space

You have been hacked!

last monthTechnology : Babbage

THE theft by a Russian syndicate of 1.2 billion username and password combinations from 420,000 websites around the world means that the personal details of almost half of all users of the internet must now be considered severely compromised. Show More Summary

Had a very shiny? No

last monthTechnology : Babbage

A CENTRAL character in Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra is the titular magpie. The opera's rising action begins with the bird's theft of a silver spoon, and later, a silver coin. European folklore abounds with examples of the magpie's love of both shiny objects and larceny. Show More Summary

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