BY STEVE KOVACH
Facebook and Twitter are two of the biggest social networks, but Facebook is so huge that it’ll be nearly impossible for Twitter to ever catch up.
. . . → Read More: Statistics show Twitter may never have more users than Facebook
LONDON: Pakistan is all set to beat India in becoming an associate member at Cern (European Organization for Nuclear Research), the world’s largest particle physics laboratory that recently found the God Particle.
A senior official of Cern told the TOI in London that bureaucratic red tape in India had slowed down the country’s intentions of joining Cern . . . → Read More: Pakistan beats India to Cern memebership
Half of all edits to Wikipedia are made by bots. That stat, from a new studymonitoring the site’s revisions, might seem like cause for alarm. But according to Wikipedia researchers, it’s key to the crowdsourced encyclopedia’s success.
For a paper in the physics journal arXiv, Thomas Steiner, a Google engineer and Université Claude Bernard Lyon post-doctoral . . . → Read More: Wikipedia: Why bots are better than people
In the history of marketing, there’s a classic tale that centers on the humble cake mix. During the nineteen-fifties, there were differences of opinion over how “instant” powdered cake mixes should be, and, in particular, over whether adding an egg ought to be part of the process. Thefirst cake mixes, invented in the nineteen-thirties, merely required . . . → Read More: Easy to use is not always good
Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.
Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps make clear that our mental lives can be observed in the activity of our neurons, and we’ve made considerable progress in reading.
. . . → Read More: Is man just a soft machine
With Facebook’s massive $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp earlier today, any possible marriage between Facebook and Snapchat appears to be dead. After spending $20 billion on a photo sharing company (Instagram) and messaging company (WhatsApp), can Facebook really justify spending billions more to acquire an ephemeral photo messaging company?
. . . → Read More: WhatsApp becomes part of Facebook
While India’s recent launch of a spacecraft to Mars was a remarkable feat in its own right, it is the $75 million mission’s thrifty approach to time, money and materials that is getting attention.
. . . → Read More: India’s space program more cost effective than NASA