The recent case of 18-year-old Rachel Canning, a New Jersey teenager who moved out of her parents’ house and sued to force them to pay for private high school and future college tuition, has gained national attention. Although a Morris County judge denied Ms. Canning’s emergency request for $600 per week in emergency support, the case will continue to wind its way through New Jersey’s legal system. The final decision will determine whether she is an emancipated minor, as her
There’s a popular YouTube video featuring mathematician Edward Frenkel where he describes how the NSA hacked our emails. It is a backdoor into the National Institute of Standards and Technology public key encryption standards.
I’ll borrow an analogy for a simplified description of how public key encryption works from Simon Singh. Imagine a sturdy metal box that can be locked shut with a padlock.
Spare a thought for the amphioxus, a humble marine creature which spends its adult life, often half-buried in sand, filtering particles of food from seawater using its beautiful and elaborate system of gill slits. On the left is a picture … Continue reading →