How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down. Read More >>

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How Computers Handle Negative Numbers (and Sometimes Get It Wrong)

The digital world runs on binary. But while numbers made up of ones and zeroes is easy enough to get your head round, what happens when you need to express a negative number in digital form? Read More >>

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How to Read Text in Binary

Though you might not often need to do it, reading text in binary in surprisingly straightforward. Here's your new nerdy party trick. Read More >>

A Crash Course in Transistors, Processors and Moore’s Law

Do you sometimes wonder what the hell people a talking about when the discuss transistors, processors, binary or Moore's Law? Or have friends that need a simple introduction to the topics? Then this is the video for you. Read More >>

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The Aloof Blackjack Player Who Created Our Digital World

Every digital device you use operates on a string of ones and zeroes, the binary "yes/no" decision at the foundation of modern computing. It's a concept so fundamental to our modern day that we rarely stop to wonder where it came from. But it's all the work of one man: Claude Shannon, whose fascinating story you've likely never heard. Read More >>

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10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work as a Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile's Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer video explains the basics. Read More >>

Newspaper Celebrates “Going Digital” With Binary Front Page

Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung has gone digital, launching an entirely online edition, which probably isn't that big a deal for most of you. What is nice is the way it marketed the change, by creating an all-binary front page for its print version. Read More >>

There Are Actually Millions of Tatooines In Our Galaxy

Astronomers have found two more new planets orbiting binary stars: Kepler-34b and Kepler-35b. Their discovery, which follows the original Tatooine discovery back in September 2011, is quite important: now we know there are millions of planets orbiting binary stars. Read More >>