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The Emergence Of Handwriting Didn't Bring An End To Prehistoric 'Bookkeeping'
2014-07-14 09:45:27

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It was previously believed that the use of clay tokens for trade records discontinued with the arrival of written bookkeeping. However, a new discovery of clay tokens dated after written records commenced, suggests the token system was still used thousands of years later. This discovery compares to today’s use of the pen and paper along with computer-based word processors. These tokens are believed to be a form of bookkeeping in...

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2012-06-02 11:24:29

Researchers in the computer science department have developed a new font for numbers that represent their relative value. Unlike the usual numeric typefaces, the amount of ink–or dark pixels–used for each digit in FatFonts is proportional to its quantitative value. Miguel Nacenta, formerly a post doc (now an assistant professor at University of St. Andrews in Scotland), came up with the idea and worked with Sheelagh Carpendale, a computer science professor and Uta Hinrichs,...

2011-09-05 11:21:00

Evolution adds and subtracts, and nowhere is this math more evident than in vertebrates, which are programmed to have five digits on each limb. But many species do not. Snakes, of course, have no digits, and birds have three. Yale scientists now have a good handle on how these developmental changes are orchestrated in the embryo, but there is still one outstanding debate on birds: Which digits are they: a thumb with index and middle fingers, or the index, middle and ring fingers? In...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.