• Watts Named A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell

    Posted by Rob Knies

    Duncan Watts

    John Cleese, the acclaimed Monty Python actor, spent time as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. So did renowned primatologist Jane Goodall. And Oliver Sacks, noted author and neurologist. And epic novelist Toni Morrison. And short-story writer Eudora Welty.

    Add to that esteemed list the name of Duncan Watts, principal researcher at Microsoft Research New York City. On May 6, Watts’ name joined the roster of honorees for that Cornell University program, established in 1965 in conjunction with the university’s centenary and named for the school’s co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White.

    “The A.D. White program brings some of the world’s most distinguished scholars, thinkers, and artists to Cornell as ‘professors-at-large,’” said Steven H Strogatz, Jac

  • A Trekkie’s Dream Come True

    Posted by Rob Knies

    Star Trek into Darkness logo

    Do you speak Klingon? If not, that could all be about to change—thanks to Bing Translator’s just-released Klingon machine-translation system, developed in part by Microsoft Research.

    For more details, see the post over at the Bing Translator Team Blog.

    The language, familiar worldwide to numerous fans of the iconic science-fiction TV series Star Trek, has been added to the robust offerings already available on Bing Translator, just in time for the May 16 premiere of the new film Star Trek into Darkness.