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Isaac Newton’s Secret Sins

Even great minds have teen angst. The more intelligent teenagers just know how to hide them better! Which is a good ting, because when you become famous, someone will want to dig up that dirt, even 300 years later. In 1662, a 19-year-old Isaac Newton started carrying a leather-bound journal, which he used to track finances [...]

Movie Floor Plans

In their monthly online journal Interiors, Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian diagram and analyze the spatial dynamics of a Hollywood movie such as Lost in Translation (above) and Panic Room (below). More over at [...]

Water Cafe Sells New York City Tap Water

Photo: Ramsay de Give/The Wall Street Journal Hipsters, please. Oxygen bar is so 90s. The new thing is water cafe, which sells New York City tap water. Not just any tap water, insist the owners of Molecule. They say [...]

Watercross: Racing Snowmobiles on Water

Photo: Joe Barrett/Wall Street Journal What, you think that snowmobiles only go on snow? Joe Barrett of The Wall Street Journal explores the sport of watercross, where participants race snowmobiles on water: Most people think [...]

Bram Stoker’s Dracula journal found

A private journal belonging to Dracula author Bram Stoker has been discovered after 100 years. The book was found on a shelf in his grandson’s home an…

Chernoff and the Face Value of Numbers

Herman Chernoff A smiley-face is very expressive, statistically. By tweaking the eyes, mouth and other bits, you can literally put a meaningful face on any jumble of numbers. Herman Chernoff pointed this out in 1973 in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, in a monograph called “The Use of Faces to Represent Points in K-Dimensional [...]

Scholarly Journal Promises to Reject Your Submission

Lately, I’ve been trying to get an essay published in a scholarly journal. Maybe I have a chance with this one! The Journal of Universal Rejection, hosted by Pacific University, offers a timely response and permits simultaneous submissions. Editor Caleb Emmons writes of the advantages of his publication: You can send your manuscript here without [...]

Best Response to Critique in Scholarly Journal

Sometimes scholarly journals, particularly in the natural sciences, call for critiques from readers and responses to those critiques by article authors. Pictured above is one such response to a critique from a 1963 issue of The Journal of Geology. This is the comment to which the authors responded: It is obvious that this error in presenting [...]