Happy National Coffee Day!
It’s supposedly National Coffee Day! To celebrate, we will drink a few extra cups and then use Wolfram|Alpha to see how much coffee the United States consumes each year. As a country, the United States consumes the most coffee in the world. When you break it down to per capita consumption, we rank 42nd. First place goes to Luxembourg. Excuse us while we go help increase our world...
Fun with the Forbes 400
If Warren Buffett divided his wealth evenly among all living people, how big would your check be? Each person would get $7.36. Similar calculations can be done with other Forbes 400 billionaires. Say Bill Gates split his wealth with the population of the United States? What fun calculations can you do with the Forbes 400?
Wolfram Mortgage Calculator and Words Reference...
We are happy to announce that today we are releasing two more Wolfram|Alpha-powered Reference Apps for iOS: the Wolfram Mortgage Calculator Reference App and the Wolfram Words Reference App. Learn more on our blog.
What planes are overhead?
What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Yup, it’s a plane, and it is currently 31,100 feet high and traveling to St. Louis from Chicago. Simply enter “planes overhead”, and Wolfram|Alpha will provide a list of flights overhead based on your current geoIP location. You can also click on specific flights to learn more information, such as departure airport,...
UARS to re-enter the atmosphere
A satellite NASA has been watching closely, UARS, is the size of a bus and is going to fall out of the sky. UARS, which has been orbiting Earth since 1991 is decaying, and NASA says that this satellite will re-enter the atmosphere in an uncontrolled fashion most likely sometime on Friday. Due to the large size of the satellite, some pieces are expected to survive re-entry and land somewhere...
Which US Congressional District is the wettest?
That would be the 18th Congressional District in Florida, in case you were wondering.
Wolfram Course Assistant App Sale!
Today starts a three-day sale on Wolfram Course Assistant Apps for iOS! You can save up to 50%! Physics, Calculus, Algebra, and many more powerful apps are ready to help you excel this semester. Consider this a back-to-school gift from Wolfram|Alpha!
Win an iPad 2!
Just a few more days to enter our Big Spikey on Campus Photo Contest! It’s simple to enter: 1) Cut out Spikey. 2) Take a picture of Spikey(s) on your campus. 3) Tweet or post the photo on Tumblr with the #WolframBSOC hashtag. 4) Be entered to win! Go here for the complete rules and regulations.
Traveling to the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Rugby teams from all over the world have flown to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which is happening right now. Both Ireland and England have sent teams to Auckland Airport, and if they were playing each other at one of their home stadiums, it would be a trip of around 280 miles. However, the British Isles are about as far away from New Zealand as you can get (roughly half of the...
Win an iPad 2 filled with our apps!
Have you entered our Big Spikey on Campus Photo Contest yet? To participate, cut out the provided Spikey and take a picture of the Spikey(s) on your campus. This could be on your quad, with your favorite professor, with your mascot, or an entire classroom full of Spikeys. We want to see your campus represented in the submissions, so be sure to be creative about showing your school spirit....
US Public School Data in Wolfram|Alpha
We’re happy to announce that Wolfram|Alpha now has data on nearly 108,000 public schools in the United States, which is based on 2009-10 school year data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). You can use Wolfram|Alpha to find out which schools in a given area have the best student/teacher ratio, for example: “What is the student-to-teacher ratio in Indianapolis public...
Exploring International Education Statistics in...
Wolfram|Alpha can now answer a broad range of simple questions about student and teacher populations in various countries, such as: How many high school students are there in Djibouti? » How many grade school teachers are there in Africa? » High school student/teacher ratio in Japan vs. South Korea » You can also ask questions about student performance and progression in a given country...
Big Spikey on Campus Photo Contest
Head over to the Wolfram|Alpha blog to learn more about how you can win an iPad 2 as part of our Big Spikey on Campus Contest! To participate, cut out the provided Spikey and take a picture of the Spikey(s) on your campus. This could be on your quad, with your favorite professor, with your mascot, or an entire classroom full of Spikeys. We want to see your campus represented in the submissions,...