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Mathematicians predicted stock market volatility years ago

Mathematicians predicted stock market volatility years ago

Crash, crash. Doom, doom. Panic on the Street. Wall Street yesterday suffered its worst decline since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – and the free fall suggests it may be time to consider burying the family stash of Krugerrands under the rose garden or tool shed.

September 16, 2008 — Gary Stix
Big and bigger: New prime numbers claim top two spots

Big and bigger: New prime numbers claim top two spots

Yesterday we reported on the impending announcement of two newly discovered mammoth prime numbers, and the details, now out, do not disappoint. According to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), the volunteer-powered distributed-computing group responsible for finding most of the largest known primes (a prime number is divisible only by 1 and itself), both are larger than any other known primes: one clocks in at nearly 13 million digits in length and the other at a slightly smaller 11.2 million digits.

September 16, 2008 — John Matson
We are the world: Web's designer launches foundation to bring invention to all

We are the world: Web's designer launches foundation to bring invention to all

It’s a lofty goal: make the World Wide Web truly global. Now, the Web's inventor says he'll try to do just that.

The new World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, will launch next year to bring the Web to people who don’t have ready access to it, the organization announced today — an effort that reflects what Berners-Lee says is the inherent populist nature of the Web.

September 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite
John McCain talks science, says he's Wi-Fi's main man

John McCain talks science, says he's Wi-Fi's main man

His running mate may be raising the ire of scientists with her positions on creationism and wildlife conservation, but Republican presidential nominee John McCain is touting his tech cred.

September 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite
It's twins! Two massive new primes (as in numbers) discovered

It's twins! Two massive new primes (as in numbers) discovered

Prime numbers have long held a special appeal among the mathematically minded, from the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes, who devised a method for finding primes some 2,200 years ago, to the cryptographers who made them the foundation of today’s encryption protocols.

September 15, 2008 — John Matson
Hurricane Ike flirts with Category 3 status as it nears Galveston, Texas

Hurricane Ike flirts with Category 3 status as it nears Galveston, Texas

It's going to be a long night for the people of coastal Texas. As Hurricane Ike whips up the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its way toward land, hurricane-force wind gusts have already been reported on Galveston Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.

September 12, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

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