Cheryl’s Birthday – That Viral Maths Problem

Last week, a mathematics problem posed to Singapore students went viral. It’s been termed “Cheryl’s Birthday”, and the above video by Numberphile explains the problem, and gives the solution. It’s an incredibly clever logic puzzle, which only a few people will be able to deduce. The wording can be a little odd, meaning it is possible to get a different answer.

Did you manage to solve it? Onwards!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens gloriousness! This trailer really harkens back to the original films, which is a good thing. I like how the trailer focuses on the title of the film; the Force coming back and reawakening.

Chewie, we’re home. Onwards!

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Blur – Song 2

Blur – Song 2.

An ideal song of the Britpop generation that you could mosh to. I’m sure most people have heard this song at one point or the other, seeing how huge Blur were at the time.

Oh yeah! Onwards!

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Official Announcement Trailer

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided directly follows the aftermath of the Aug Incident, a day when mechanically augmented citizens all over the world were stripped of control over their minds and bodies, resulting in the deaths of millions of innocents. The year is now 2029, and the golden era of augmentations is over. Mechanically augmented humans have been deemed outcasts and segregated from the rest of society. Crime and acts of terror serve as a thin veil to cover up an overarching conspiracy aimed at controlling the future of mankind…” (YouTube)

Official announcement trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This a the sequel to the excellent Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Like that game, it’s all very black and gold, with symbolic political and religious undertones to it, along with the ethical issues of augmentation. The combat also looks rather brutal, showing protagonist Adam Jensen equipped with some rather snazzy upgrades.

I’ll be keeping my eye on this one. Onwards!

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Throwback Thursday #14 – Magic

Today’s Throwback Thursday is all about magic, science, and mathematics. Above is a fantastic video showing a little wooden automata performing magic, created by Per Helldorff. Using a simple turning lever, a ball appears to teleport before your eyes. I mean, it could just be a clever use of magnets… but I prefer to think that the ball is actually teleporting.

Next up, Wired had an article on why magicians are a scientist’s best friend. It talks about how scientists should think more like magicians (or even make friends with a magician) so as not to be fooled by other people. It’s an interesting point.

Sticking with science and magic, The Guardian wrote about how magicians are teaching brain researchers new tricks. Neuroscientists can learn a lot from magicians and magic tricks, concerning how the brain can be so easily fooled. More on neuroscience and magic can be found in a video over at boingboing. Luigi Anzivino shows the six fundamental principles of magic, and shows how it ties into neuroscience, giving several other examples.

Moving onto magic and mathematics now, and The Guardian explains a classic card trick – Fitch Cheney’s Five-Card Twist. It really shows how mathematics and science are the fundamental reasons behind magic tricks. There’s even a whole book (The Manual of Mathematical Magic) dedicated to explaining the maths behind magic, and teaching you how to perform certain tricks.

Finally for this week, something totally unrelated to science or mathematics, and hardly magic either, we have: the Magic Beard

Are you watching closely? Onwards!

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The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army.

A simple yet brutally brilliant guitar riff pushed this song into mainstream popularity, for good reason. It’s a fantastic tune, and I’ve posted a scientific version of it before. Onwards!

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How Do Airplanes Fly?

Simple explanation of how airplanes fly, by MinutePhysics. All to do with force and pressure. Lift, gravity, thrust, and drag all play a role in keeping airplanes flying, and when they balance each other out, this results in no net force. It’s rather fascinating. Onwards!

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