Massachusetts Institute of Technology

When it comes to numbers, culture counts

American children learn the meanings of number words gradually: First they understand "one," then they add "two, "three," and "four," in sequence. At that point, however, a dramatic shift in understanding ...

Jun 18, 2014
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Explained: How does a soccer ball swerve?

It happens every four years: The World Cup begins and some of the world's most skilled players carefully line up free kicks, take aim—and shoot way over the goal. The players are all trying to bend the ...

Jun 16, 2014
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How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives

Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding—as in the well-known expression "like water off a duck's back." A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now ...

Jun 16, 2014
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