After Math: Apple’s unveils its inaugural 5G phone amid a week of firsts

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October 22nd is shaping up to be a big day for Virgin Galactic. The company confirmed last week that it is readying SpaceShipTwo for a new round of flight tests beginning on that date. Should the launch go according to plan, this will mark the first time that the vehicle has operated out of the firm’s new headquarters at Spaceport America.

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Remember the Howe brothers? Guys made that DARPA super-tank a few years back called the Ripsaw? Well, tanks aren’t all they make. Their company has designed and marketed a super-powered robotic firefighter as well, dubbed the RS3, and have just sold one into service with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Tesla buyers who decided to splurge on Tesla’s $3,000 third row option for the Model Y are in luck. CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter this week (having recently dissolved the company’s PR department) that production

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Do Computer Scientists Use Math?

Recently a student, “James”, asked if it was possible to him to work in the computer field, even if he doesn’t like math and says he is not good at it.

The short answer: yes. The longer answer? Yes and no.

There is a huge opportunity for development of all kinds of software and hardware that doesn’t require mathematics, per se. Fields like software/app design and UX (user experience) quality assurance require understanding of the language involved and how the software interacts with the overall hardware, but not deep mathematics.

So James can certainly make a good career working with computers without knowing his epsilons and deltas.

But will math be useful?

Some areas – like some of the formulas we memorize in calculus class – will not be useful. But others, like discrete mathematics – will prove very useful to James: they will teach him concrete concepts he can … Read More