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Education & Academic

Prepare to Be a Professional: A Wolfram Guide for Postgraduates and More

It’s a beautiful spring day. Your robe and cap are a little itchy, but you don’t mind. You know your family will be taking an excessive amount of pictures, but that’s OK. You are graduating! Years of dedication and hard work have paid off and you’re about to walk across the stage with your diploma and start summer vacation! Wait—summer vacation? Do you even have a summer vacation now? What’s next? Should you look for a job or should you focus on bolstering your resume first? So many questions….

Education & Academic

Unlock Innovative Problem-Solving Skills with Creative Computation

As computers continue to perform an increasing number of tasks for us, it’s never been more important to learn how to use computers in creative ways. Creative computing, an interdisciplinary subject combining coding with artistic expression, allows us to blend technology with human experiences. Learning to create in this way can help you unlock your innovative problem-solving skills. By mastering creative computation, you can create interactive artwork, design immersive experiences and develop creative solutions to real-world challenges.
Education & Academic

Marking a Milestone: Four Years of Daily Study Groups

Four years ago, as the COVID pandemic wreaked havoc to class and event schedules, instructors and organizations were scrambling to create meaningful learning opportunities for students. In April 2020, Stephen Wolfram challenged the Wolfram U team to establish a unique online program for building computational skills with Daily Study Groups. The program was enthusiastically received by learners of all ages, and, after recently completing our 50th Daily Study Group, this is the perfect time to reflect on the program, celebrate a milestone and look ahead to future developments.
Education & Academic

From Data to Discovery: Studying Computational Biology with Wolfram

As computational science progresses, we are seeing leaps and bounds in what can be realized for helping the world. The technological advancements in biology have paved the way to better study medicine and the patterns of the environment in order to help the sick and optimize resources. Whether you’re classifying an animal for the first time or visualizing simulated animal genomes, Wolfram Language holds the tools and power to support your computational life science endeavors. The following is a collection of biology resources, projects and functions in Wolfram Language for any skill level.
Announcements & Events

Navigating Quantum Computing: Accelerating Next-Generation Innovation

It’s no secret: quantum computing has been poised to be “the next big thing” for years. But recent developments in the quantum ecosystem, including major investments by companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft and others, are the best indicators that now is the time to begin preparing for potentially viable quantum applications—and to identify where […]

Education & Academic

Food and Sun: Wolfram Language Recipe Graphs for the Solar Eclipse

At Wolfram Research, we are excited for the April 8 total solar eclipse and plan to observe this extraordinary event in several ways. Read about the science and math of this rare phenomenon in Stephen Wolfram’s new book, Predicting the Eclipse: A Multimillennium Tale of Computation, and then find eclipse specifics for your location with the Wolfram precision eclipse website. Now that you know why and where, prepare for your upcoming watch party with these Sun-related recipes using two new functions from the Wolfram Function Repository: RecipeGraph and NutrientComparisonBarChart.

RecipeGraph relies on a large language model (LLM) to help create a graph of the ingredients and instructions for a recipe. The recipe ingredients and instructions form the vertices of the graph. The edges (lines connecting the vertices) represent the flow of the preparation and cooking process. Each ingredient connects to the instruction in which it is used. NutrientComparisonBarChart creates a dual bar chart comparing the calories and macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber) in a list of foods.

Education & Academic

Computational Astronomy: Exploring the Cosmos with Wolfram

This year’s Global Astronomy Month is off to an exciting start for North America in anticipation of the total solar eclipse on April 8. In light of this momentous event, the following is a list of resources that bring Wolfram Language and astronomy together—including expert video guides, projects and books—for computational astronomers at every level.

Leading Edge

Enhance Wind Turbine Design with the New Wolfram System Modeler Rotating Machinery Library

Explore the contents of this article with a free Wolfram System Modeler trial. A wind turbine gearbox, susceptible to erratic wind loads, frequently fails well before its intended lifespan. Such failures, occurring globally, not only cause significant downtime but also lead to substantial economic losses. Can simulations help avoid this?

Current Events & History

How Many Days Would February Have if the Earth Rotated Backward? Exploring Leap Years with Wolfram Language

Happy Leap Day 2024! A leap day is an extra day (February 29) that is added to the Gregorian calendar (the calendar most of us use day to day) in leap years. While leap years most commonly come in four-year intervals, they sometimes come every eight years. This is because a traditional leap day every four years is actually a slight overcompensation in the calendar. Thus, a leap year is skipped every one hundred years when those years are not divisible by 400 (this is actually the entire difference between the Julian and the Gregorian calendars).