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Only a Mathematician Could Love the World's Ugliest Music

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Many mathematicians set their sights on concurring the stock market, with dreams of unbridled financial success. But Scott Richard, who holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering from MIT and Princeton University, has dedicated himself to solving problems that matter to the average person. Which confusingly includes using mathematics to make another attempt at composing the world's ugliest piece of music. Um, thanks Scott?

Artificial Blood From Bone Marrow Stem Cells Still Makes Me Genuinely Queasy

By Andrew Liszewski on at

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm not the best person to call if you happen to be bleeding and need help. I tend to succumb to gravity pretty quickly, which has also prevented me from being a generous donor. But I know I'm not alone, and in a continuing effort to find a reliable source for blood that doesn't require sticking people with needles, researchers at Edinburgh University have developed a new type of faux blood that could be ready for human testing in as little as two years.

Magnetic Resonance Used to Artificially Taste and Improve Canned Tomatoes

By Andrew Liszewski on at

What makes something taste 'good' is a complex psychological and physiological human process that has made creating artificial tasters, or accurate scientific models, very difficult. But researchers at the University of Copenhagen have come up with what's described as a "magnetic tongue" that could allow factories to monitor and improve the flavor of tinned tomatoes during the canning process.

Teaching Computers to Find Your Good Side

By Andrew Liszewski on at

To ensure we never miss a moment, it's entirely plausible that one day cameras will just continuously record video, instead of snapping individual shots. But when all you want is a single photo, pouring through hundreds of frames in a clip for that perfect shot is overly tedious. So researchers have come up with a better approach to automatically analyzing videos and selecting only the best candid portraits.

Web Porn Is Killing My Libido

By Jack Loftus on at

Zounds! So this is what my ex-girlfriend meant when she said sex with me was akin to "carnal relations with an empty husk." Too much web porn! It's killing our libidos, lads, one frantically one-handed mouse click at a time.