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Exponential beer froth decay – disputed

Arnd Leike of the University of Munich was awarded the 2002 Ig Noble Physics prize for demonstrating that beer froth obeys the mathematical Law of Exponential Decay. [Reference “Demonstration of the Exponential Decay Law Using Beer Froth,” Arnd Leike, European Journal of Physics, vol. 23, January 2002, pp. 21-26.] Since then, investigations into the decay […]

Stereotypes still affect females' career aspirations in STEM topics

Masculine stereotypes of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects corrupt the self-concept of female students and their career aspirations in such areas.

Graduation week, celebrating Honorands: medics, mathematicians and sportspeople

Today graduates from the Schools of Management, Economics and Finance, Mathematics and Statistics and Medicine will be receiving their degrees in the Younger Hall. To commemorate these ceremonies, we will […]

Researchers develop mathematical method for defining electoral districts

For democratic elections to be fair, voting districts must have similar sizes. When populations shift, districts need to be redistributed - a complex and, in many countries, controversial task when political parties attempt to influence redistricting. Show More Summary

More democracy through mathematics

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) For democratic elections to be fair, voting districts must have similar sizes. When populations shift, districts need to be redistributed -- a complex and, in many countries, controversial task when political parties attempt to influence redistricting. Show More Summary

Mathematical confirmation: Rewiring financial networks reduces systemic risk

A tax on systemically risky transactions could reshape financial networks into a new structure that is less vulnerable to cascading financial system shocks such as the 2008 financial crisis, according to new IIASA research published in the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Mathematical confirmation: Rewiring financial networks reduces systemic risk

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) A proposed tax on systemically risky financial transactions could reduce the risk of financial system crashes by spurring financial networks to reshape in more resilient ways.

Is There a Multidimensional Mathematical World Hidden in the Brain’s Computation?

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks looked into the night sky and saw geometric shapes emerge among the stars: a hunter, a lion, a water vase. In a way, they used these constellations to make sense of the random scattering of stars in the fabric of the universe. By translating astronomy into shapes, they […]

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Despite decades of reform efforts, mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students have been left behind, now ranking 40th in the world in math literacy.

Great Job, Internet!: This mathematical formula generated a list of the 50 best bad movies

We all love the good bad movie—sometimes even more than a good good movie. There are days when watching Showgirls is going to cheer you more than another viewing of The Aviator. The Ringer decided to celebrate summer as prime “good bad movie” season by rolling off a list of the 50 best of the lot. Show More Summary

Mathematical biology tackles destructive plant virus

(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) Plant diseases pose a serious threat to global food security, especially in developing countries, where millions of people depend on consuming what they harvest.In...Show More Summary

Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematics

(University of Cambridge) An international team of researchers has used mathematical modelling to understand new ways of combating maize lethal necrosis, an emerging disease that poses a serious threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Diagnosing obesity by mathematically estimating abdominal fat

Abdominal obesity, or fat that accumulates around one's stomach and abdomen, has long been considered to pose a high health risk in individuals. Hence, measurement of "central obesity"—as it's often called—helps predict propensity to disorders caused by excess weight in the abdominal area.

Diagnosing obesity by mathematically estimating abdominal fat

(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Abdominal obesity, or fat that accumulates around one's stomach and abdomen, has long been considered to pose a high health risk in individuals. Hence, measurement of abdominal fat helps predict propensity to disorders caused by excess weight in the abdominal area. Show More Summary

Attend Africa Science Week , Malawi

Next Einstein reports: The Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Aims) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, has announced the launch of NEF Africa Science Week in Lilongwe from 26 to 30 June. Show More Summary

Mathematical modeling uncovers mysteries of HIV infection in the brain

(University of Alberta) After uncovering the progression of HIV infection in the brain thanks to a new mathematical model developed by a UAlberta research team, clinicians and researchers are developing a nasal spray to administer drugs more effectively.

Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

Professor Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical modelling at Oxford University's Mathematical Institute and founder of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL). He talks to ScienceBlog about the key findings from...Show More Summary

Governments to declare war on mathematics and dumb criminals

Rules of encryption be damned, Western governments are looking to put the genie back in the bottle.

Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather App

She was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical training

Mathematicians deliver formal proof of Kepler Conjecture

(Cambridge University Press) A mathematical problem more than 300 years old gets a formal proof with the help of computer formal verification.

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