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Wolfram|Alpha Blog: 2010 Year in Review

December 29, 2010 —
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As we bid adieu to 2010, we want say thank you to all of our loyal blog readers and commenters. Today we’re taking a look back at some of 2010’s most popular Wolfram|Alpha Blog posts. 2010 was a year full of product releases, such as Wolfram|Alpha Widgets and new data for everything from movies to taxes.

These selections are only highlights of the topics we’ve covered in 2010. If you’re feeling really nostalgic, or if you’re new to the Wolfram|Alpha Blog, we invite you to read more in the archives.


Just in time to tackle a common New Year’s resolution, we released “New Physical Activity Data in Wolfram|Alpha”.


After reading “Computing Valentine’s Day with Wolfram|Alpha”, there was little doubt that we speak math, the universal language of love.


Ever wonder which country consumes the most coffee or sugar? In March, we introduced new data that answers these questions in the post “Food for Thought: Consumption Patterns from Around the World”.


In April we were excited to finally be able to share “Stephen Wolfram’s TED Talk: Computation Is Destined to Be the Defining Idea of Our Future”. The inspirational video quickly became a web favorite.


Where did the time go? In May we celebrated Wolfram|Alpha’s first birthday with the post “Wolfram|Alpha: The First Year”.


Just in time for family reunion season, we published “My Cousin’s Cousin’s Niece’s Grandfather Said to Just Ask Wolfram|Alpha”, to help you identify all of those branches on the family tree.


In July we shared “Ask Wolfram|Alpha about Medical Drug Treatments” to introduce a new functionality in Wolfram|Alpha that allows you to compare how your medical conditions and treatment plans compare to those of other patients.


Kids say the darnedest things. In the post “10 Fun Questions Kids Can Answer with Wolfram|Alpha”, we took a look at how Wolfram|Alpha can help you and your little one answer common curiosities.


In September we gave readers “A Look Inside the Wolfram Data Summit 2010”. The inaugural event brought together key people from many of the world’s great data repositories to exchange ideas and to develop innovative ideas for the future.


To much anticipation by Wolfram|Alpha users, in October we announced that “The Wolfram|Alpha App for Android Has Landed”.


Turning on the heat for the first time in the early winter months is often a dreaded necessity. We hope that “Keeping an Eye on Energy Prices with Wolfram|Alpha” made you feel a little warmer inside.


If there was any money left over after your first heating bill, perhaps you used it to spread a little holiday cheer. Check out historical shopping trends and patterns in the U.S. by reading “Exploring Trends in Holiday Retail Sales”.

In addition to upcoming product releases and new features, what would you like to see us cover in 2011? Leave your suggestions for the blog team in the comments. Happy New Year!


i’m a Civil Engineering student. I found your website to be of a very good use, but i’m facing great problem in giving my data … is there anyway i can directly give the data from Spreadsheets to the software..?
.. Most of our work is based on Shear, Moments & forces.. So we analysis the data & save if in our spread sheets..

what we are doing in our Universities is Plotting the data manually.. which takes more then a week to get a clear picture of our analysis…i’ll be needing some help in this regard..

..& your Website will be of great use if some more Softwares regarding Civil engineering are made .. thanks


Posted by Atif December 30, 2010 at 5:44 am

I would like a command like ruffini(-x^3 + 8x^2 +16x – 128) which shows the ruffini scomposition

Posted by Alfreda January 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Typing ham sandwich defaults to subway products with no drop down alternatives. What if it is an home made sandwich?

Posted by dc January 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that Wolfram Alpha is an amazing product. Keep up the great work in 2011!

Posted by Titan January 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hey guys, why the wolfam alpha is not loading on ipad? Only the blog load here 🙁

Posted by Xico de Andrade January 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Xico there is a Ipad app that you can use.
    It’s far easier to use on an ipad than the websight is.
    It retails on the app store for around $2

    Posted by Ben Hocking January 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Yeah i know… but i want to use the site on safari… sometimes it load ok… on my pc is absolutely normal…

      Posted by Xico de Andrade January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

        Its working now, thank you guys.

        Posted by Xico de Andrade February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Great work
Good luck always

Posted by gedarnet February 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hey guys, why the wolfam alpha is not loading on ipad? Only the blog load here 🙁

Posted by Nikola April 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Nikola, Can you email us a description of what you are experiencing and the version number of your app? We’re happy to help. Thank you.

    Posted by The Wolfram|Alpha Team April 25, 2011 at 10:01 am