2015 was a good year for CJ Wilson racing. It raced Mazda MX-5s in the Street Tuner (ST) class, for cars that are allowed relatively few modifications from the road car. The #5 car, driven by Steven McAllen and Chad McCumbee, won at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park. Coupled with two more podiums (Sebring and Austin) and several other Top 10 finishes, it was enough to win the 2015 ST championship. The team also ran a second car at some of the races, the #3 driven by Marc Miller and Tyler McQuarrie, and we sat down with them—along with team manager Andris Laivins—in the team's transporter at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin to learn more about how data helps them succeed. … [Read more...] about Digging into the data: How to make a faster race car driver
God makes things happen for a reason
"We see MacBooks come in with all sorts of junk stuck over the camera," the technician told me, "from gum stickers. In the very early days of the pandemic, I had a chap come in with a MacBook where he'd enthusiastically glued a bit of plastic over the camera and now wanted it to work because his boss was going to be using Zoom more. It wasn't going to come off, and it was cheaper for him to buy a webcam than have the display replaced." … [Read more...] about The real reason Apple is warning users about MacBook camera covers
Fingerprinting is an interesting phenomenon. It seems to attract less attention than malware and trojans, despite its ability to pinpoint individuals with startling accuracy. As you browse the internet, third-party sites can glean information about your computer, including your time zone, the display resolution, the browser, plugins, and language you use, and so on. … [Read more...] about Does Private or Incognito Mode Make Web Browsing Anonymous?
Nuclear fusion of hydrogen is how stars power themselves for billions of years, and the equations that physicists use to understand that process are the exact same ones they use to turn nuclear reactions into usable energy. From the tiniest of atoms to the largest of stars, nuclear physics — a relative newcomer in the world of physics — unites the cosmos in a surprising way. … [Read more...] about What’s the most amazing thing about the universe?
Speculation about who might be the alleged serial killer dumping human remains along beaches on Long Island may be unwarranted so early in the investigation, criminologists say. But despite having diverse motives, serial killers do tend to share certain personality traits, and experts are learning more about what makes these killers tick, including a desire to convince others that they're "good people." … [Read more...] about Long Island Serial Killer: What Makes Murderers Tick?