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How triangles revolutionized mapmaking

Equations are the lifeblood of mathematics, science, and technology. Without them, our world would not exist in its present form. However, equations have a reputation for being scary: Stephen Hawking's publishers told him that every equation would halve the sales of A Brief History of Time. Show More Summary

Watch What This Man Creates with Some Sand and a Rake

18 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It was while working as a computer tech that Andres Amador fell in love with fractals – mathematical sets of patterns out of which beautiful geometric designs emerge. He applied his fascination to the creation of what can only be described as land art. His canvas? A vast swath of open beach. His paintbrush? A set of trusty rakes. Read more...

Bronx 3rd grader might be booted over math exam

Her son was too stressed out to take a controversial state mathematics exam, and now this Bronx parent says his charter school is kicking him to the curb.

STEMatState: Eco-Friendly Embassies

Global climate change is a challenge that requires innovations in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to solve. The Department of State’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) is using STEM to make the...

What worries me about the Jason Padgett story

Two things that worry me about the Jason Padgett story in fact. Padgett being the guy who got punched in the head and turned into a mathematical savant as a result: A self-proclaimed former “goof” and college dropout has told how he became a maths genius after suffering a traumatic brain injury Jason Padgett is a “sudden savant” who...

Codebreaker - evoking Turing in music

On Saturday 26 April the Hertfordshire Chorus is celebrating the life of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius. At the Barbican Centre, the chorus with their conductor David Temple and the London Orchestra da Camera will be giving the world premiere of James McCarthy's Codebreaker. Show More Summary

Man At Arms Makes (And Destroys Things With) Jake’s Sword From Adventure Time

2 days agoOdd : Geekosystem

Mathematical! Jake's sword in Aventure Time is adorably ineffectual - the hilt is longer than the blade! - but that's not going to stop master swordsmith Tony Swatton from tackling it. Watch as Swatton forges Jake's sword from scratch, then uses it in slow-motion to destroy stuff like watermelons (because Adventure Time doesn't always make sense).

Liverpool vs. Manchester City Was Much More Than Just a Football Match

Something strange is happening in the Premier League. Since it became the richest league in the world it has become practically a mathematical certainty that the club that pays the most money in wages wins the most trophies. Now, Liverpool,...Show More Summary

Leap of faith: Dick Fosbury on how a new jump style changed his sport forever

Born on 6 March 1947 in Portland, Oregon (USA), Richard Douglas Fosbury showed an aptitude for science and mathematics at a very early age. He was also a prodigiously gifted athlete, with a particular talent for the high jump. However,...Show More Summary

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED: ‘Being a Programmer, I Decided to Build a Mathematical Model for the Decay …

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED: ‘Being a Programmer, I Decided to Build a Mathematical Model for the Decay of a Shower Curtain.’

Poker ‘Phenom’ Phil Ivey Sued By Casino Alleging $9.6 Million Card Cheating Scam

He’s known as “The Phenom” because of his extraordinary mathematical and technical skills at the poker table, but now Phil Ivey is being called a cheat. The Borgata Hotel Casino… READ ON

Using mathematics to beat jetlag effectively

Our "internal clock" is predicted to shift more rapidly than previously thought. In a study published in PLOS Computational Biology on April 10th, researchers present schedules of light exposure that may shift our circadian clock inShow More Summary

YouTube's Fun Fibonacci Easter Egg Will Make Math Nerds Giggle

The Fibonacci number (or sequence, or series) is the mathematical rule that defines the golden spiral, a beautiful growing pattern that appears in many places in nature. It also appears on YouTube when you search "Fibonacci," and it's just silly enough to make us smile. Read more...

Forecast of sea surface acidification in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

Observation data from DYFAMED site, in Northwestern Mediterranean Sea between 1995 and 2011 are used to study mathematical forecasts of sea water surface pH evolution over the next century. In a preliminary study, daily and monthly data have been used to compute dissolved inorganic carbon (CT ) and total alkalinity (AT ) concentrations. Due to […]

How Do You Build a Möbius Strip Bridge?

We all know about Möbius strips—those 3D shapes surfaces that weirdly only have one side. But how is it possible to build real architectural structures out of a mathematical construct? Read more...

STEMatState: Eco-Friendly Embassies

A bumble-bee searches nectar in a lavender flower in Germany on July 8, 2008. Global climate change is a challenge that requires innovations in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to solve. The Department of State’s...Show More Summary

Are computer coming up with answers we cannot understand?

In mathematics at least the answer appears to be yes: A computer has solved the longstanding Erd?s discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm. A few years ago, […]

One kind of supersymmetry shown to emerge naturally

UC Santa Barbara physicist Tarun Grover has provided definitive mathematical evidence for supersymmetry in a condensed matter system. Sought after in the realm of subatomic particles by physicists for several decades, supersymmetry describes a unique relationship between particles. read more

Technical tests of biodiversity

What happens when physicists play (using mathematical instruments) with the genetics of populations? They may discover unexpected connections between migration and biodiversity, for example, as recently done by a group of researchers...Show More Summary

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