Why Batman Is the Ultimate Lightning Rod for Nerd Rage

Comic book fans are known for their strong opinions, but one hero in particular seems to inspire more passionate arguments than most—Batman. NPR contributor Glen Weldon explores that phenomenon in his new book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. A major theme of the book is …

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Mathematician Solves the Centuries-Old Sphere Problem in Higher Dimensions

In a pair of papers posted online this month, a Ukrainian mathematician has solved two high-dimensional versions of the centuries-old “sphere packing” problem. In dimensions eight and 24 (the latter dimension in collaboration with other researchers), she has proved that two highly symmetrical arrangements pack spheres together in the densest …

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Blue Origin’s Reusable Rocket Just Stuck Its Third Landing

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin just relaunched and relanded a rocket—again. It’s the second time that Blue Origin has reused this particular New Shepard rocket and the third time the rocket has gone to space. If Bezos has his way, reusable rockets that take …

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Tesla got more than twice the Model 3 preorders it expected

Tesla didn’t expect preorder interest in the new Model 3 to be as high as it is, according to company CEO Elon Musk. In a number of tweets this afternoon, Musk both expressed his appreciation to current and future Tesla owners for their faith in the company, and revealed that Tesla …

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The Associated Press style guide will no longer capitalize 'internet'

This summer, many traditional media outlets will abandon a last vestige of old technology journalism: the capitalized “Internet.” The Associated Press has announced that its highly influential style guide will be updated this year to require “internet” be kept lowercase. The “web” will also be lowercase “in all instances.” Yes, that means …

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