Zooming in on piggy welfare

Face recognition technology seems to be a widespread feature of our world these days. Airport immigration is nowadays controlled by means of facial recognition, the most modern mobile phones use it as a security check, and China is said to be using a huge system to track its Uighur Muslim minority – even if the US city of San Francisco …

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Too much pi?

As previously noted in this blog, there are a lot of big numbers floating around in the world of science, writes Tim Gillett. Today it was announced (and reported in our Research Information publication) that an employee of Google in Japan has managed to calculate pi – the number you get if you divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter …

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Throwing light on street art

Graffiti is one of those things that often provokes a strong reaction – sometimes positive, sometimes negative, writes Tim Gillett. Personally – and controversially among some of my friends, work colleagues and family members – I absolutely love it. Good graffiti can brighten up the dullest architectural spaces, at the same time as allowing talented artists to express themselves. Good …

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Exposed – camera shoots at 100 million frames per second

As an editor of scientific magazines I come across some astounding numbers – the number of floating point operations per second performed by the latest high-performance computers, for instance, or the vast quantity of scientific journal articles published each year, writes Tim Gillett. Occasionally, though, one is introduced to a fact that seems barely believable – one that instantly requires checking …

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