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en-usPhys.org provides the latest news on mathematics, math, math science, mathematical science and math technology. Using Twitter to probe political polarizationWe'd like to believe that our opinions are nuanced, balanced, high-minded, wise and above all, unique, but alas they are not—or so says Twitter. Most often, those we engage with on the popular social media site are like-minded, and the ensuing electronic maelstrom of 140-character missives most often serves to reinforce, pulling us and them further along in the direction we were already trending toward—so that at the end of the day, we all tweet to the converted.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:01 EDTnews347015395Researchers suggest adding uncertainty to catastrophe models may help predictability(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from Universidad de Granada and Princeton University has found that adding some uncertainty to computer models meant to predict catastrophes such as stock market crashes, rapid desertification of a region, etc. can help make the models better. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they employed mathematical models that allow for adding in randomness to catastrophe prediction models and what they found by doing so.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 31 Mar 2015 08:50:01 EDTnews347009826Quantum compute this—Mathematicians build code to take on toughest of cyber attacksWashington State University mathematicians have designed an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsThu, 26 Mar 2015 11:05:46 EDTnews346586733Mathematicians solve 60-year-old problemA team of researchers, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Yuri Lvov, has found an elegant explanation for the long-standing Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, first proposed in 1953, investigated with one of the world's first digital computers, and now considered the foundation of experimental mathematics.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:00:01 EDTnews346333776One fractal quantifies another, mathematicians findTo humor mathematicians, picture a pile of sand grains – say, a billion – in one square of a vast sheet of graph paper. If four or more grains occupy a single square, that square topples by sending one grain to each of its four neighboring squares.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 11 Mar 2015 15:50:39 EDTnews345307827Perfect NCAA bracket? Near impossible, mathematician saysThe odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men's basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that's 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to Jeff Bergen, mathematics professor at DePaul University.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:20:33 EDTnews344787617A formula for predicting innovationBy the time she was six years old, Nadya Bliss had already figured out her professional calling. She knew that one day she would be a mathematician.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsSat, 14 Feb 2015 16:47:20 EDTnews343154833Wrinkle predictions: New mathematical theory may explain patterns in fingerprints, raisins, and microlensesAs a grape slowly dries and shrivels, its surface creases, ultimately taking on the wrinkled form of a raisin. Similar patterns can be found on the surfaces of other dried materials, as well as in human fingerprints. While these patterns have long been observed in nature, and more recently in experiments, scientists have not been able to come up with a way to predict how such patterns arise in curved systems, such as microlenses.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:06:02 EDTnews342115553Automated method beats critics in picking great moviesDon't rely on the Academy Awards next month if you are seeking to know whether the movies deemed great today will survive the test of time.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:22 EDTnews340887676Ecosystems need maths not random nature to surviveA previously unknown mathematical property has been found to be behind one of nature's greatest mysteries – how ecosystems survive.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 22 Dec 2014 08:14:08 EDTnews338458434Mathematicians prove the Umbral Moonshine ConjectureMonstrous moonshine, a quirky pattern of the monster group in theoretical math, has a shadow - umbral moonshine. Mathematicians have now proved this insight, known as the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture, offering a formula with potential applications for everything from number theory to geometry to quantum physics.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 15 Dec 2014 11:06:11 EDTnews337863945Assessing scientific research by 'citation wake' detects Nobel laureates' papers(Phys.org)—Ranking scientific papers in order of importance is an inherently subjective task, yet that doesn't keep researchers from trying to develop quantitative assessments. In a new paper, scientists have proposed a new measure of assessment that is based on the "citation wake" of a paper, which encompasses the direct citations and weighted indirect citations received by the paper. The new method attempts to focus on the propagation of ideas rather than credit distribution, and succeeds by at least one significant measure: a large fraction (72%) of its top-ranked papers are coauthored by Nobel Prize laureates.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 12 Dec 2014 09:10:04 EDTnews337586941Carrot or stick? Game-theory can optimize collaborationWhat motivates people to cooperate in collaborative endeavors? "First carrot, then stick". Tatsuya Sasaki, mathematician from the University of Vienna, has put forth for the first time ever a mathematical proof of this process. The study is recently published online in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 03 Dec 2014 11:11:32 EDTnews336827486Finding the simple patterns in a complex worldAn ANU mathematician has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 03 Dec 2014 08:48:15 EDTnews336818882A numbers game: Math helps to predict how the body fights diseaseWalter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have defined for the first time how the size of the immune response is controlled, using mathematical models to predict how powerfully immune cells respond to infection and disease.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsThu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:01 EDTnews336315378Passengers boarding airplanes—we're doing it wrong'Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we're going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There's stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding, where people and their myriad belongings clog the gate area, standing between you and your departure.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 26 Nov 2014 08:20:02 EDTnews336206599Risk analysis for a complex worldDeveloping adaptable systems for finance and international relations could help reduce the risk of major systemic collapses such as the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new analysis.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 18 Nov 2014 10:14:51 EDTnews335528081Grothendieck, eccentric maths genius, dies in France (Update)Alexander Grothendieck, one of the great eccentric geniuses of 20th century mathematics, has died in France at the age of 86.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 14 Nov 2014 07:39:01 EDTnews335173132Mathematicians settle 30-year-old resonance controversyIn the early '80s, several researchers were working to determine the location of atomic and molecular resonances, which are the frequencies at which atoms and molecules prefer to oscillate. Two groups of researchers (Rittby, et al., and Korsch, et al.), each using a different method, came up with different locations for these resonances. Settling the dispute proved to be extremely difficult due to the fact that neither method could predict the actual resonances, but instead simply gave approximations. In fact, at the time there was no way to locate resonances with absolute certainty.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 03 Nov 2014 09:20:02 EDTnews334209065Study using OpenStreetMap and mathematics reveals there are only four unique city topologies(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, a physicist and a mathematician, has used data from OpenStreetMap and mathematical analysis to come up with the idea that there are only four main types of city topologies. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy describe how they used publicly available data to compare the topologies of 131 cities around the world and what their study has revealed.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 08 Oct 2014 08:50:01 EDTnews331972198Mathematical model tackles 'Game of Thrones' predictionsTake events from the past, build a statistical model, and tell the future. Why not apply the formula to novels? Can contents in future books be predicted based only on data from existing ones? Richard Vale at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, said The Physics arXiv Blog, has taken on the challenge in predicting content of as yet unpublished novels in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R R Martin. The novels are the basis of the television series, "Game of Thrones." The series has five books and two more are awaited. Before proceeding, it should be emphasized that the paper comes with a spoiler alert, so avoid linking to Vale's study if you have not read the first five books.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 30 Sep 2014 12:50:12 EDTnews331300193Adding uncertainty to improve mathematical modelsMathematicians from Brown University have introduced a new element of uncertainty into an equation used to describe the behavior of fluid flows. While being as certain as possible is generally the stock and trade of mathematics, the researchers hope this new formulation might ultimately lead to mathematical models that better reflect the inherent uncertainties of the natural world.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 29 Sep 2014 16:36:51 EDTnews331227369At the interface of math and scienceIn popular culture, mathematics is often deemed inaccessible or esoteric. Yet in the modern world, it plays an ever more important role in our daily lives and a decisive role in the discovery and development of new ideas—often behind the scenes.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 29 Sep 2014 16:23:37 EDTnews331226355Researcher figures out how sharks manage to act like math geniuses(Phys.org) —Bioresearcher Andy Reynolds with Rothamsted Research in the U.K., believes he has solved the mystery of how sharks act like math geniuses—they simply turn away from turbulence, he reports in his paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. His research effort and paper came in response to prior research that showed sharks trap prey using what's known as Lévy flight—a mathematical description of an optimal way of moving from one position to another using both long and short hops.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:01 EDTnews330165297Professor quantifies how 'one thing leads to another'(Phys.org) —"One thing led to another," people often say. Events, discoveries and relationships are triggered by something previous. The iPhone case was designed only because the iPhone was invented first. A song became popular only after someone liked it.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 15 Aug 2014 06:41:16 EDTnews327303663Team announces construction of a formal computer-verified proof of the Kepler conjecture(Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by the man, Thomas Hales, who came up with written proof of the Kepler conjecture is now reporting that they have constructed a formal proof of the conjecture, which implies the use of a computer. The announcement was made on The Flyspeck Project page, and puts to rest any doubts about the correctness of the proof done by Hales in 1998.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 13 Aug 2014 10:10:01 EDTnews327142848Iranian is first woman to win 'Nobel Prize of maths' (Update) An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 12 Aug 2014 17:50:34 EDTnews327084622Mathematicians analyse new 'racetrack memory' computer device(Phys.org) —Competition to create the smallest, lightest and cheapest laptop on the market is motivating the ongoing search for a better computer-memory device then the current, conventional 2D hard-disk technology. Mathematicians from the University of Bristol have been analysing the potential of one such initiative: the 'racetrack memory' device, proposed by researchers at IBM.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 01 Aug 2014 09:40:03 EDTnews326103255'Moral victories' might spare you from losing againIt's human nature to hate losing. Unfortunately, it's also human nature to overreact to a loss, potentially abandoning a solid strategy and thus increasing your chances of losing the next time around.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:09:13 EDTnews325181302Fair cake cutting gets its own algorithmThe next time your children quibble about who gets to eat which part of a cake, call in some experts on the art of sharing. Mathematician Julius Barbanel of Union College, and political scientist Steven Brams of New York University, both in the US, published an algorithm in Springer's The Mathematical Intelligencer by which they show how to optimally share cake between two people efficiently, in equal pieces and in such a way that no one feels robbed.
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