Is The Antikythera Mechanism A 2000 Year Old Computer?

Is The Antikythera Mechanism A 2000 Year Old Computer?

The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE. Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901.

But not until a century later was its purpose understood: an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. 

In 2010, we built a fully-functional replica out of Lego. 

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MIT Researchers Developed the World’s Toughest Tongue Twister!

MIT Researchers Developed the World’s Toughest Tongue Twister!

Say this five times fast: She sells seashells by the seashore. Or: If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. But these famous tongue twisters are nothing compared to a new one created by MIT researchers who claim they’ve created the hardest tongue twister ever!

Tongue twisters are not just fun to say; it turns out that these sound-related slip-ups can also open windows into the brain’s speech-planning processes.

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will report new insights gleaned from a comparison of two types of tongue twisters at the 166th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America…”

Sunken Cities That Actually Exist

Sunken Cities That Actually Exist

Though people are most familiar with Plato’s fictional Atlantis, many real underwater cities actually exist.

Peter Campbell explains how sunken cities are studied by scientists to help us understand the lives of our ancestors, the dynamic nature of our planet, and the impact of each on the other.

Will We Ever Stop Breaking World Records?

Will We Ever Stop Breaking World Records?

Just over a month ago, Dennis Kimetto of Kenya ran the fastest marathon ever, finishing the Berlin Marathon with a record-setting time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds. This means that for more than 26 miles (42 kilometers), Kimetto kept up a blisteringly fast average pace of 4 minutes and 41 seconds per mile (2 minutes and 56 seconds per kilometer).

Every year, it becomes more difficult to break a world record. Is there a limit to human capability?

A Linguistic Analysis of Trump’s Talking Style

A Linguistic Analysis of Trump’s Talking Style

There are the substantial issues, and then there are the smaller, weirder details one finds in the current Donald J. Trump phenomenon: the hair, the self-tanner, the hands.

In a piece published over the weekend in Scientific American, sociolinguist Jennifer Sclafani zeroes in on another Trumpian oddity – his idiosyncratic speech patterns.

Analysis of speech patterns may explain his unlikely rise.