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Avengers Assemble! (Or at least some Fun Facts about them!)

Planning on seeing *The Avengers* this weekend? Us too. To celebrate, we have assembled some Avenger themed fun facts.

Thinking about marathoning each movie before seeing *The Avengers*? That will take you 10 hours and 1 minute:

*The Avengers *is expected to do incredibly well this weekend, adding to the already impressive total combined box office numbers of the previous movies:

A special thanks to heavymetalmeteorologist for providing one of the examples!

Fun with QWERTY

Words that can be typed with only the left hand:

Words that can be typed with only the right hand:

A submitted WolframFunFact from one of our Twitter followers:

The US and China have almost the same total area.

They also have about a billion more people than the United States:

Thanks to @BerkeleyBrett for the submission!

Overcoming Artificial Stupidity

Stephen Wolfram, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, just wrote a great blog post about how Wolfram|Alpha is “on average giving complete, successful responses to more than 90% of the queries entered on its website”. Along the way we saw some great examples of “artificial stupidity: places where Wolfram|Alpha gets the wrong idea, and applies its version of ‘artificial intelligence’ to go off in what seems to us humans as a stupid direction.”:

For more examples check out the original blog post.

To compute, or not to compute?

Wolfram|Alpha can now analyze the plays of Shakespeare!

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Wolfram|Alpha can now calculate arc lengths!

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There are enough galaxies in the universe for each person to own 24 of them.

Even crazier:

There would still be plenty of galaxies left over even if every person who has ever lived owned one.

Explore this week's solar flares with Wolfram|Alpha

At about 6pm CST on March 6, there was a very powerful X 5.4 solar flare. This triggered a coronal mass ejection (CME). Indications were that the CME wasn’t squarely directed at Earth, but that a strong glancing blow to the Earth’s magnetosphere was possible. Here’s the data in Wolfram|Alpha for the flare:

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The Wolfram Linear Algebra Course Assistant App

In continuing our goal to create “An App for Every Course, and More”, we are happy to announce the latest in our Course Assistant series of iOS apps: the Wolfram Linear Algebra Course Assistant. Powered by Wolfram|Alpha, the Wolfram Linear Algebra Course Assistant will help you work your way through homework problems, ace your tests, and gain a better understanding of linear algebra conepts!

This definitive app for linear algebra—from the world leader in math software—will help you solve complex problems on the fly. The Wolfram Linear Algebra Course Assistant covers a wide variety of topics, including solving an equation or a system of equations, adding or subtracting any two vectors, finding the cross product or dot product of two vectors, and computing linear transformations.

Learn more on our blog.