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Today is the 279th day of the year. Every positive integer is the sum of at most 279 eighth powers. This comes from the Waring's problem in number theory, which asks whether each natural number k has an associated positive integer such that every natural number is the sum of at most s kth powers of natural numbers. For example, every natural number is the sum of at most 4 squares, 9 cubes, or 19 fourth powers. It's a big day in movie history. On this date in 1889, Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture. And, in 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson. (24 articles)
created October 06, 2014
updated October 06, 2014