Friday, April 15, 2011

New Nintendo HD Console Rumors Abound

Posted by Soulskill  

from the control-it-with-your-brain dept.
pcgfx805 writes"Game Informer has reportedly received word from 'multiple sources' that a new HD console from Nintendo will be debuting at this year's E3. They report on conflicting information regarding the power of the console compared to the other current-gen consoles, but go on to speculate that 'Either way it will offer competitive specifications.'"This year's E3 is scheduled for June 7-9.

Genes That Control 'Aging' Steroid Identified

ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2011) — Eight genes which control levels of the main steroid produced by the adrenal gland, believed to play a role in aging and longevity, have been uncovered by an international consortium of scientists, co-led by King's College London.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sorting Algorithms As Dances

Posted by samzenpus  

from the dancing-aroud-the-answer dept.
mikejuk writes"You may well have seen many simulations of sorting algorithms that aim to show how the algorithm works. However I guarantee that you have never seen anything quite in the same league as the videos made by Sapientia University — they are simply crazy but in the nicest possible way. They folk dance their way though bubble sort, shell sort, insertion sort and selection sort. Very, very weird but you find you can't but help checking that they are doing it right. Now anyone want to try quicksort?"

Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?

Posted by samzenpus  

from the learning-for-learning's-sake dept.
erfnet writes"The New York Times remembers back to when 'college was a buyer's bazaar' and digs up 19th-century classified ads from Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and others. In competitive efforts to attract students from the limited pool of qualified candidates, applications were taken as late as September for an October freshman class. Vassar offered lush room accommodations. The expectations were high: Latin, Greek, Virgil, Caesar's Commentaries; Harvard's entrance exam from 1869 is posted(PDF). Could any of us pass the exam today?"