## February 2012

### 20 posts

It's Phil Collins Day

The internet has informed us that it is Phil Collins Day, and that reminded us of one of our all time favorite Wolfram|Alpha queries:

Happy Phil Collins Day!

Will you be my valentine?

I sure hope so!

A New Kind of Science Diet

Who doesn’t like a dog? Now you can compare dog breeds in Wolfram|Alpha!

Learn more on our blog.

A New Kind of Science Diet…beautiful.

Compare dog breeds with Wolfram|Alpha!

Who doesn’t like a dog? Now you can compare dog breeds in Wolfram|Alpha!

Learn more on our blog.

Announcing Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Over the two and a half years since we first launched, Wolfram|Alpha has been growing rapidly in content and capabilities. But today’s introduction of Wolfram|Alpha Pro in effect adds a whole new model for interacting with Wolfram|Alpha—and brings all sorts of fundamentally new and remarkable capabilities.

Starting today, everyone has access to Wolfram|Alpha Pro at wolframalpha.com. Unlike the “tourist” version of Wolfram|Alpha, though, you have to log in, and, yes, to get full capabilities there’s a subscription ($4.99/month, or $2.99/month for students). (Right now, you can try it for free with a trial subscription.)

Learn about all the new features on our blog.

## January 2012

### 24 posts

Wolfram STEM Program

If you teach a STEM subject like math, physics, biology, or chemistry at a community college or primary/secondary school, the Wolfram STEM Program can give you the tools to engage your students and increase their understanding of the concepts you’re teaching… with Mathematica for $49!

Learn more about the Wolfram STEM Program here!

NFL Stats and Data—Teams, Players, Comparisons

Within the past couple of months, we’ve shown you how Wolfram|Alpha can tell you about planes flying overhead or help you to shop for appliances and consumer electronics. And now that the NFL playoffs are in full swing, we’re proud to announce that you can now use Wolfram|Alpha to explore statistics for every NFL team, game, and player from the past 25 years.

Which means you can now get immediate, accurate results to all kinds of natural-language queries. You could ask Wolfram|Alpha to compare passing yards for Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. Or ask about Steelers games with a combined score over 80 orPackers games with more than 400 passing yards. You can delve into player versus team matchups, too—how about Ben Roethlisberger games versus the Broncos or Drew Brees games versus the 49ers with more than 300 passing yards?

Learn more on our blog.

Happy Birthday, HAL 9000!

Happy Birthday to our favorite fictional supercomputer! Is it strange that HAL was built in Urbana and Wolfram|Alpha (our favorite actual supercomputer) was born in Champaign, its twin city?

We promise to open the pod bay doors if you ever need it.

It's oddly amazing outside

It is 59 degrees outside here in Champaign. It’s not supposed to be this warm in January! Especially when you compare it to the weather from last year:

Wolfram Planets and Stars Reference Apps

The next time you go stargazing, bring the power of computation along with the Wolfram Planets Reference App and Wolfram Stars Reference App for iOS. Both apps provide access to real-time data and the computational power of Wolfram|Alpha in order to perform advanced calculations and provide data on the planets and stars.

Exploring all of the planets in our solar system is easy with the Wolfram Planets Reference App. Using real-time data on the eight major planets, as well as dwarf planets and minor planets, the app can: compute a planet’s orbital properties, including orbital period and distance from the Earth and Sun; provide physical properties like radius, rotation period, and number of moons; and show information about a planet’s atmosphere, including atmospheric pressure, average temperature, and major constituents.

It’s impossible to count all of the stars, but with the Wolfram Stars Reference App, you’ll have access to real-time data on over 100,000 of them. For easy browsing, stars are sorted into groups such as the Northern or Southern Sky stars; brightest stars; nearest stars; and giant, supergiant, and main sequence stars. The app also allows you to enter any star name to get information and to examine and compare properties for each star, such as its magnitude, spectral class, temperature, mass, lifetime, and distance from Earth.

Learn more on our blog.

## December 2011

### 9 posts

Shopping Goes Geek in Wolfram|Alpha

We’ve taken the strengths we’ve developed in math, science, and socioeconomic data and created something equally unique and useful for online shoppers. Type in the name of a product category—”dishwashers” or “tablet computers,” for example—and Wolfram|Alpha generates a comprehensive, custom analysis. What are the typical dimensions and other physical characteristics of other products in this class? How common is a given product feature? Wolfram|Alpha helps you to answer these questions.

Type in a specific product name or model number—say, “Blackberry 38548-002”—and Wolfram|Alpha will highlight that product’s rank within the entire product category. From a glance at the plots below, you can see that this tablet falls pretty squarely in the middle of the pack with regard to price and generally on the low-end to average range for a variety of physical and performance attributes.

Learn more on our blog.

Euro hits 11-month low

According to the Wall Street Journal, “the euro tumbled to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly a year Tuesday”.

“In the past two days the currency has dropped 2.6% to $1.3037, a level not seen since January. The euro is down 12% from its 2011 high in May.”

Using Wolfram|Alpha you can take a closer look at the exchange rate history of the euro.

Average Download Speeds by Country

Where does your country rank?

Pro-tip: If you live in the US, click on the “More” button a few times.