The connection between music and mathematics has fascinated scholars for centuries. More than 2000 years ago, Pythagoras reportedly discovered that pleasing musical intervals could be described using simple ratios. And the so-called musica universalis or "music of the spheres" emerged in the Middle Ages. Now, three music professors have devised a new way of analyzing and categorizing music that takes advantage of the deep, complex mathematics they...
The ASIMO humanoid robot conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as it performed "Impossible Dream" to open a special concert performance with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Occasionally, scientific images transcend their role as a medium for transmitting information and contain the aesthetic qualities that transform them into objects of beauty and art. A special feature of this year’s Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, the Science as Art competition featured entries from researchers around the world. This year’s winners can now be viewed
Transferring files between computers can frequently be a challenge. I've addressed this several times in the past with explorations of FTP servers, drive mapping, Web drives and other approaches. However, while some of these discussions are applicable to a variety of systems, most have been directed at file transfers in relation to computers running Microsoft Windows.
Most people see lightning strikes that go from clouds to the ground, but some lightning goes upward, forming blue jets and gigantic jets. Perhaps the most dangerous lightning appears as "bolts from the blue"
For a machine, a soccer match is a highly complex endeavor. Robots must be able to reliably recognize the ball, the sidelines and the goalposts in addition to distinguishing between their teammates and opponents
Second Life is more than an on-line game for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). It is a handy three-dimensional tool used for resolving real issues
An unexpected radar image of air-borne debris from a tornado that killed four people in Alabama may help to develop better warning tools. Scientists at the University of Alabama are studying the data to see if the debris signature is distinctive enough for computers to recognize it
A new stereo view of Phobos, the larger and inner of Mars' two tiny moons, has been captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took two images 10 minutes apart and combined them
Using a 156-step recipe for perfection, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers earned the top spot in the 21st annual national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. This year's task was to assemble a hamburger…
Three University of Copenhagen nano-physicists have made a discovery that could change the way we store data on our computers. This discovery represents a step on the way to a new means of data-storage in which electricity and magnetism are combined in a new transistor concept
The i-SOBOT high-tech humanoid robot has been listed by Guinness World Records as the smallest humanoid robot in production
Scientists at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the university’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have introduced a new material that could be to computers of the future what silicon is to computers of today
A team of Stony Brook University researchers has discovered in Madagascar the remains of what may be the largest frog ever to exist. Moreover, the 16-inch, 10-pound ancient frog, scientifically named Beelzebufo, links a group of frogs that lived 65 to 70 million years ago to some types living today in South America
V-Frog virtual-reality-based frog dissection software allows not mere observation, but actually simulates nearly unlimited manipulation of specimen tissue. As a result, every dissection is different, reflecting each student's individual work