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Introducing Wolfram|Alpha Add-ons for Google Drive

Published July 28, 2016

Wolfram|Alpha answers a ton of computational and factual questions every day—through our website, mobile apps, APIs, and from within the Wolfram Language itself. Now we would like to introduce a new way to harness the power of computation with the Wolfram|Alpha Add-ons for Google Drive. These free add-ons for Google Docs and Google Sheets enable you to bring up a Wolfram|Alpha sidebar next to your file or get Wolfram|Alpha results instantly, all without interrupting your workflow. Read the rest of the blog here.»

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Finding the Most Unhygienic Food in the UK

Published July 25, 2016

The UK, like many other countries, runs a food hygiene inspection system that tries to ensure that establishments with poor hygiene standards improve or are shut down. As is often the case, the data collected for operational reasons can provide a rich source of insight when viewed as a whole. Read the rest of the blog here.»

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Idea Makers: A Book about Lives & Ideas

Published July 7, 2016

Stephen Wolfram: "I spend most of my time trying to build the future with science and technology. But for many years now I’ve also had two other great interests: people and history. And today I’m excited to be publishing my first book that builds on these interests. It’s called Idea Makers, and its subtitle is Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People. It’s based on essays I’ve written over the past decade about a range of people—from ones I’ve personally known (like Richard Feynman and Steve Jobs) to ones who died long before I was born (like Ada Lovelace and Gottfried Leibniz)...." Read the rest of his blog post here.»

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Explore Yoga with Wolfram|Alpha

Published June 21, 2016

You can now use Wolfram|Alpha to discover information about 216 yoga poses. If you want to learn about a pose, you can search by either its English or Sanskrit name and find basic instructions, along with an illustration. You can also look at the muscles that the pose stretches and strengthens, get ideas for ways to vary the pose, or learn about preparatory poses that you can use to build up toward more difficult poses. If you are recovering from an injury or ailment, you can check a list of precautions and contraindications to discover if the pose might be aggravating for your condition. You can also learn about commonly practiced sequences of yoga poses, such as the Sun Salutation. Read Kristin's entire blog here.»

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Solomon Golomb (1932–2016)

Published May 25, 2016

"An octillion. A billion billion billion. That's a fairly conservative estimate of the number of times a cellphone or other device somewhere in the world has generated a bit using a maximum-length linear-feedback shift register sequence. It's probably the single most-used mathematical algorithm idea in history. And the main originator of this idea was Solomon Golomb, who died on May 1—and whom I knew for 35 years." To read the rest of Stephen Wolfram's blog, click here.»

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Who Was Ramanujan?

Published April 27, 2016

"They used to come by physical mail. Now it's usually email. From around the world, I have for many years received a steady trickle of messages that make bold claims—about prime numbers, relativity theory, AI, consciousness or a host of other things—but give little or no backup for what they say. I'm always so busy with my own ideas and projects that I invariably put off looking at these messages. But in the end I try to at least skim them—in large part because I remember the story of Ramanujan." To read the rest of Stephen Wolfram's blog, click here.»

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My Life in Technology—As Told at the Computer History Museum

Published April 19, 2016

"I normally spend my time trying to build the future. But I find history really interesting and informative, and I study it quite a lot. Usually it's other people's history. But the Computer History Museum asked me to talk today about my own history, and the history of technology I've built. So that's what I'm going to do here." To read the rest of Stephen Wolfram's blog, click here.»

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