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NASA taught astronauts about zero gravity using cats

It is a well-known phenomenon that a cat falling upside down has the ability to turn its body mid-air so that it lands on its feet. Nobody had attempted to analyze the the "falling cat" movement mathematically until 1969, when T.R. Kane and M.P. Show More Summary

A TED-Ed Animation Exploring the Ways Van Gogh Paintings Captured Light and Fluid Movement

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The latest TED-Ed Animation by educator Natalya St. Clair and animator Avi Ofer explores how painter Vincent Van Gogh’s colorful brush work captured the chaos of natural mathematical concepts like turbulence. Van Gogh and other impressionists represented light in a different way than their predecessors, seeming to capture its motion.

The Politics of Mathematics in Economics

CM This is what an actual economics degree looks like. Another bad consequence of the long reign of neoclassical economics is that so much intellectual energy (in the form of mathematics) has been wasted in challenging its key (and obviously ridiculous) assumptions. Show More Summary

Giants vs. Cowboys preview

When: 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford TV: NBC The 7-3 Dallas Cowboys have a chance to mathematically eliminate the 3-7 New York Giants from the NFC East race on Sunday night. ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer...Show More Summary

Stability vs Opportunity

By: Chris at Bernie Madoff promised investors above average, consistent year after year mathematically impossible returns. Investors fell for the high returns but what they REALLY fell for was the apparent consistency. Show More Summary

Lovie vs. Trestman

Bears fans would have liked nothing better than to see high stakes for Sunday's matchup with Lovie Smith and Tampa Bay. Instead, both teams are out of the playoff hunt realistically if not mathematically. Well, there are always bragging...Show More Summary

Premiere: Taskforce - No Info

In most cases (especially with American music), experimental electronic music is equated with being organic, resembling something natural or appropriating the mathematical characteristics of computer electronics and randomizing them so that it seems organic. Show More Summary

Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn reveals alternate ending

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet? The answer is YES, YES YOU HAVE because it’s the biggest movie of the year in North America, so mathematically speaking, you probably have. And also it’s a Marvel movie, and everyone knows that you are required by law to watch all Marvel Universe movies. Anyway, since youMORE

Gifted men and women define success differently, 40-year study finds

Researchers spent four decades studying a group of mathematically talented adolescents, finding that by mid-life they were extraordinarily accomplished and enjoyed a high level of life satisfaction. Gender, however, played a significant role in how they pursued—and defined—career, family and success. Show More Summary

10 Best Badass Pop Culture Heroines

Make your list now! is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. The opinions presented here are those of our users, based upon the mathematical averaging of the lists they made. Show More Summary

Adventure Time 2015 Calendar

It’s Adventure Time! C’mon grab your friends. This Adventure Time 2015 Calendar is mathematical, even Finn-tastic. This 2015 16-month calendar features title card art from Adventure Time and the art even has a textured look that simulates the look of painted canvas. Classy! Put it on your wall or frame it. It’s going to look […]

Ex CNBC Reporter Claims Network 'Silenced' Her for Reporting on Obamacare Flaws, Told Her to Stop 'Disrespecting' Obama

A Fox Business reporter is accusing her former CNBC bosses of reprimanding her for pursuing reporting angles that pointed out the mathematical flaws in the president's Obamacare law.

A proof that glug-glug-glug the number 17

Peter Sheridan Dodds demonstrates, in this quick video, how to present something that seems like it sounds like a mathematical proof. The narrator teaches a course called “Principles of Complex Systems“, at the University of Vermont. The video is something of a randomistical bonus feature of the course:

Four brief reviews

Princeton University Press and No Starch Press both sent me a couple books this week. Here are a few brief words about each. The first from Princeton was The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014. My favorite chapters were The Beauty of Bounded Gaps by Jordan Ellenberg and The Lesson of Grace in Teaching by Francis Su. […]

ASHE SCHOW: How to set women in sciences back a decade. There are not enough women in Science, T…

ASHE SCHOW: How to set women in sciences back a decade. There are not enough women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics jobs, the White House tells us. And they, along with feminists, assure us that sexism is one reason why women don’t enter STEM fields. “There are many possible factors contributing to the discrepancy […]

Morally bankrupt, mathematically wrong on inmate firefighters

To the editor: Set aside the ethical lapses made by those bemoaning the loss of nearly unpaid labor that is a consequence of the prison reform brought about by Proposition 47 and consider their mathematical lapses instead. ("Prop. 47 leaves future of California inmate fire crews uncertain,"...

Alexandre Grothendieck 1928-2014

I just heard that Alexandre Grothendieck passed away today, at the age of 86, in Saint-Girons. For a French news story, see here. Grothendieck’s story was one of the great romantic stories of modern mathematics, and many would consider him … Continue reading ?

This Is The Mathematical Reason All Hipsters Look The Same

Hipsters are a strange, plaid-wearing paradox: the term is meant to denote someone who's different from the norm, and yet, why do they -- in their flannel, beanies and combat boots -- all seem to look exactly alike? Jonathan Touboul,...Show More Summary

Cat Mathematics [Pic]

The above equation seems correct, but some people on reddit seem to disagree… Anyways, the comment section goes on an on about various equations that would fit the above model. [Source: Reddit | Via]

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