Latest Numerals Stories

2013-04-17 13:29:17

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have determined the precise anatomical coordinates of a brain "hot spot," measuring only about one-fifth of an inch across, that is preferentially activated when people view the ordinary numerals we learn early on in elementary school, like "6" or "38." Activity in this spot relative to neighboring sites drops off substantially when people are presented with numbers that are spelled out ("one" instead of "1"), homophones ("won"...

2011-03-29 11:35:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quipu Applications, Inc., a Northern California software start-up, announced the official general public release date of Quipu BusinessModel(TM) (QBM), the world's first business plan dashboard service. Coinciding with Quipu's booth appearance at San Francisco's Web 2.0 Expo, March 29 will be the first day that the public will be able to take advantage of QBM's application suite -- a combination of best-of-breed business plan software features...

2011-03-09 10:17:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quipu Applications, Inc., a Northern California start-up, announced its entry into the Cloud community and selectively offered a preview of the world's first online business plan dashboard to Press, Analysts, and select venture groups at Santa Clara's Cloud Connect 2011 conference. Incorporated last year, the Quipu team has been working in stealth mode for two years and is prepared to release its flagship product, BusinessModel(TM),...

2008-07-12 00:00:11

By Dhananjay Mahapatra NEW DELHI: At a time of spiralling inflation and dwindling food stocks, the failure of the ambitious National Population Policy- 2000 to strategise a gradual reduction in the population growth rate has meant that the country has five crore more hungry mouths to feed than envisaged. NPP-2000, which set national socio-demographic goals for the year 2010, said if its strategies were implemented, India's population, which is projected to be 116 crore by 2010, could be...

2005-08-11 22:05:00

While most ancient cultures recorded civil matters and business transactions by inscribing characters on 2-dimensional sheets, new evidence shows Peru's original inhabitants used a 3-dimensional system of knotted strings to keep track of things. In the Aug. 12 edition of the journal Science, Harvard University anthropologist Gary Urton and database developer Carrie Brezine say their computer analysis of 21 of the knotted objects, known as "khipu," revealed distinct patterns that help confirm...

2005-08-12 08:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Three figure-eight knots tied into strings may be the first word from the ancient Inca in centuries. While the Incan empire left nothing that would be considered writing by today's standards, it did produce knotted strings in various colors and arrangements that have long puzzled historians and anthropologists. Many of these strings have turned out to be a type of accounting system, but interpreting them has been complex. Now, Gary Urton and Carrie J. Brezine of Harvard...

2005-08-11 13:39:16

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Incas' curious knotted strings called khipu were probably used by bosses and accountants to keep track of taxes and tributes and carried both words and numerical information, two experts said on Thursday. The dyed bunches of string, also spelled quipu by some scholars, have confused outsiders since Spanish conquerors first described them 500 years ago. Most experts agree they are ledgers of a sort but no one...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'