Leslie Valiant Wins 'Nobel Prize' of Computing
Here's the link to the citation describing Les Valiant's work:
Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?
There is an on-going discussion of note taking during lectures over at Math Overflow.
See: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/12638/taking-lecture-notes-in-lectures, especially Anton Geraschenko's comments on Live TeXing. It works!
Rosetta Fly-By To Probe "Pioneer Anomaly"
The European Space Agency's ESA Portal has a short article on the unexplained variations in orbital energy experienced by these spacecraft.
Professor Andy Adamatzky has published a number of papers on plasmodium computing. See his web page at UWE Bristol:
and the video complimentary material for the article "Physarum boats: If plasmodium sailed it would never leave a port" at:
The video requires a Intel Indeo 5 decoder plugin.
IBM Claims Breakthrough In Analysis of Encrypted Data
The abstract for Gentry's article can be found at:
Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?
I am glad to see that someone has already recommended What is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods (1941; 1996). Even though my background is not in mathematics, I have always found Courant and Robbins's exposition clear and engaging.
Good Physics Books For a Math PhD Student?
In addition to Feynman's lectures, you might want to look at the following:
Holton, Gerald, and Stephen G. Brush. Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond. 3rd ed. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
This is the third edition of the classic text Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Science, something of a landmark title in science education in that Holton makes full use of the history and the philosophy of science in presenting physics concepts.
It's a marvelous book!