It’s an oft-cited nugget of wisdom that the technology aboard Apollo 13 had no more computing power than a modern pocket calculator. But what exactly is the mechanism by which engineers have been able to increase PC power so much?
Why is the sky blue? Is there an afterlife? Will 500 Days of Kristin ever really end? To these eternal questions of the universe we can add another mystery: What happens to a text after you hit “send,” other than anger at autocorrect?
Ever since the first person got smoked by a cheetah on the veldt, humans have fantasized about going faster. But speed isn’t just a simple matter of mashing down the gas pedal harder: A ton of factors go into making fast cars fast.
That buzzing you hear overhead? It might be a drone. Depending on your POV, these unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are either going to usher in a halcyon era of instant package delivery and sweet fireworks videos, or total surveillance.
Horsepower is an evocative term that gets kicked around a lot in automotive circles. But despite more = faster, what does it mean? Would 241 horses get you from Denver to Portland as quickly as, say, a 241-horsepower Lexus IS 200t?
Ever wonder why certain videos, memes, or photos suddenly seem to be everywhere, while most others get, like, nine views? As it turns out, social psychology is the driving force behind what dominates your newsfeed.