Mathematics

Pterosaurs Were Monsters Of The Mesozoic Skies

Fossils and mathematical modeling are helping to answer long-standing questions about these bizarre animals  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Fossils, Paleontology

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The Test Results That Best Explain The Stem Gender Gap Are Not The Math Scores

In 1992, Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie, a doll installed with a voice box that allowed it to hold forth on topics like shopping, dream weddings, and whether or not it would be neat to be a lifeguard. None of these subjects exactly screamed...
Related topics: Feminism

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Letters To The Editor: Cal State University Students Need More Writing And Critical Thinking, Not...

It's more important for college students today to communicate clearly and think critically than to be able to do high-level math.

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Immune Response Depends On Mathematics Of Narrow Escapes

The way immune cells pick friends from foes can be described by a classic maths puzzle known as the 'narrow escape problem'.

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New Proof Solves 80-year-old Irrational Number Problem

Mathematicians have finally proved a conjecture on approximating numbers with fractions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Ending Of ‘hustlers’ Explained

The perfect crime is one committed without the inclusion of a single person, not even yourself. We ruin everything. The plan may be solid, the math might add up, and the logic sound, but the moment humanity enters the equation, a timebomb to...

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Is Mathematics, Like Science, Pluralistic?

Mathematicians disagree over whether their fundamental assumptions, or axioms, are true. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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After Math: Shut It Down, Shut It All Down

While Moviepass shocked the internet with news on Friday that it would be shuttering its subscription-based service effective immediately, a number of tech companies were putting down kiboshes of their own. Facebook had to take down a Netanyahu...
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media, Benjamin Netanyahu

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What Are Zero-knowledge Proofs?

How do you make blockchain and other transactions truly private? With mathematical models known as zero-knowledge proofs.
Related topics: Blockchain

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How Mathematics Could Help Us Save Social Security

Thomas Saaty Security, Americas Social security is on a collision course with insolvency. A little bit of math could keep it safe. The US Social Security system has been heading toward insolvency for decades, with the program now projected to run...

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New Contrast Agent Combination Could Usher In A New Era Of Vascular Systems Biology

A new contrast agent combination for imaging tumor samples enhances data extraction and thus benefits modeling of tumor processes. The discovery will be presented today at the American Physiological Society (APS) Interface of Mathematical Models and...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Mathematicians Proposed An Express Method For Calculation Of The Propagation Of Light

Mathematicians from RUDN University and the Nuclear Safety Institute of the RAS (NSI RAS) have proposed a numerical method for solving equations describing the propagation of light in a medium. They used the nonlinear eikonal equation with boundary...

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Calculating Biological Processes Improves Accuracy Of Breath Tests

Breath-based tests are gaining in popularity as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. Research into improving the collection and analysis of these tests will be presented today at the American Physiological Society (APS) Interface of Mathematical Models...

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Innovative Model Created For Nasa To Predict Vitamin Levels In Spaceflight Food

A team of food scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a groundbreaking, user-friendly mathematical model for NASA to help ensure that astronauts' food remains rich in nutrients during extended missions in space.
Related topics: NASA, Space, Astronaut

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Researcher Calculates Optimal Trajectories To Mars And Mercury For A Spacecraft With Electric...

RUDN University mathematician has proposed a method for calculating the optimal trajectory of spacecraft with electric propulsion, whose thrust is thousands times less than chemical one has, but it is able to work for years. These motors are best...
Related topics: Mars, Space, Spacecrafts

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Materials Research Society Announces New Board Appointment

Linda Schadler, dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont, has accepted an appointment to the MRS Board of Directors.

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Math Shows Why Animals Can See At Night

By combining mathematics with science, an interdisciplinary team found how changes in the shape of DNA structure affect the nuclei of nocturnal animals. Their findings could help explain how nocturnal animals, such as mice, see at night.
Related topics: DNA, Genetics

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'planting Water' Is Possible -- Against Aridity And Droughts

Scientists have developed a mathematical model that can reflect the complex interplays between vegetation, soil and water regimes. They show, for example, that in beech forests water is increasingly cycled between soil and vegetation to increase...

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Focusing On Key Sustainable Development Goals Would Boost Progress Across All, Analysis Finds

The world could make greater progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by prioritizing a subset of the goals rather than pursuing them all equally, a first-of-its-kind mathematical study reveals.

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The Answer To Life, The Universe, And Everything

A team led by Andrew Sutherland of MIT and Andrew Booker of Bristol University has solved the final piece of a famous 65-year old math puzzle with an answer for the most elusive number of all: 42. The number 42 is especially significant to fans of...

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