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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 EDTnews346586733American mathematicians Nash, Nirenberg win Abel math prizeAmerican mathematicians John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg have won this year's Abel Prize in mathematics.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 25 Mar 2015 08:39:14 EDTnews346491547Mathematicians 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 EDTnews346333776Understanding democracy and development traps using a data-driven approachWhy do some countries seem to develop quickly while others remain poor? This question is at the heart of the so-called poverty or development trap problem. Using mathematics on open data sets researchers now present new insights into this issue, and also suggest which countries can be expected to develop faster. The paper is published in the journal Big Data.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 18 Mar 2015 09:50:02 EDTnews345888311Researcher builds four-dimensional figure in his officeThe curious child of bookish parents who browses through their libraries sometimes falls down a rabbit hole while apparently reading quietly in an armchair.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 17 Mar 2015 08:40:02 EDTnews345798650Pi Day is silly, but π itself is fascinating and universalMath students everywhere will be eating pies in class this week in celebration of what is known as Pi Day, the 14th day of the 3rd month.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 16 Mar 2015 08:19:50 EDTnews345712760Going full circle for math and pastries on a special Pi DaySaturday is the day when love of math and a hankering for pastry come full circle. Saturday is Pi Day, a once-in-a-year calendar date that this time squares the fun with a once-in-a-century twist.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:01 EDTnews345469079On Pi Day, how scientists use this numberIf you like numbers, you will love March 14, 2015. When written as a numerical date, it's 3/14/15, corresponding to the first six digits of pi (3.1415)—a once-in-a-century coincidence! Pi Day, which would have been the 136th birthday of Albert Einstein, is a great excuse to eat pie, and to appreciate how important the number pi is to math and science.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsFri, 13 Mar 2015 06:50:01 EDTnews345445883One 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 EDTnews345307827March Madness brackets: Flipping a coin is your best betEach year, millions of people lose billions of dollars in NCAA March Madness basketball pools. Still, most return the following year for another pummeling.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 10 Mar 2015 18:46:19 EDTnews345231972Professor takes madness out of the monthWith the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketballl Tournaments tipping off soon, brackets and bubble-busters are reaching a fever pitch. Dr. Jay Coleman, the Richard deRaismes Kip Professor of Operations Management and Quantitative Methods in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, and self-professed sports fanatic is trying to take some of the madness out of the month with his "Dance Card" Method for determining NCAA March Madness brackets, also known as "bracketology."
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Other Sciences - MathematicsThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:23:13 EDTnews344787785Perfect 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 EDTnews344787617How big data can be used to understand major eventsWith the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analysed over 130,000 online news articles to find out how the 2012 US presidential election played out in the media.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 04 Mar 2015 12:06:52 EDTnews344693204Geometry's least-packable shapesIf you've ever struggled to pack a bunch of suitcases into the trunk of your car, you've got some idea of a basic problem in materials science: if you throw a bunch of atoms or molecules together, how do they fit together, and how densely can they be packed? In a new paper, Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus takes a small yet significant step toward answering those questions while at the same time addressing an old conjecture about what packs least well.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 03 Mar 2015 07:42:49 EDTnews344590935A 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 EDTnews343154833Mathematics student visits all S-Bahn stations in Berlin by fastest routeMathematics student Loes Knoben recently managed to visit all S-Bahn stations in Berlin in the fastest way possible, namely in 15 hours and 4 minutes, a new record. In order to achieve this, she programmed a mathematical tool in which all stations had to be visited at least once and where all connections had to be ridden at least once as well. Her tool eventually provided a travel plan which, despite a heavy storm, in practice would be 1 hour and 57 minutes faster than the previous record. At every station she took a picture as proof. The record attempt has been submitted to Guinness World Records, for an official mention.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 11 Feb 2015 08:47:44 EDTnews342866848Optimized application of high intensity focused ultrasoundThe field of nonlinear acoustics is currently receiving a lot of attention, thanks to applications focused on the improvement of ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasonic welding, sonochemistry, or thermotherapy. Lithotripsy – the demolition of kidney stones based on the use of high intensity focused ultrasound – represents a further medical field of application.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 10 Feb 2015 09:30:06 EDTnews342782154Study reveals inner workings of cricket teamsDo batsmen put personal glory before their team? A study by QUT researchers found cricket batsmen who were close to reaching personal milestones were likely to alter their strategy in a way which, at first sight, seems detrimental to the team.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsTue, 10 Feb 2015 09:20:01 EDTnews342778067Wrinkle 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 EDTnews342115553New study utilizes Kinect for Windows technology to teach elementary school students geometryPicture this: a classroom full of 9-year-olds are up and moving around, contorting their bodies and waving their arms. But it's not gym period or even music class getting them moving—these kids are learning math.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:51:47 EDTnews341502690Automated 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 EDTnews340887676Rise of billion pound replica kit industry has changed the design of football shirts, study findsThe evolution of the replica kit industry and subsequent rise in fans wearing sportswear as leisurewear has affected football shirt design, new University of Sheffield research has found.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsThu, 15 Jan 2015 08:30:01 EDTnews340528933Fast bowlers who bowl no-balls in cricket need to do the mathsGood fast bowlers add plenty of spice to the game of cricket but they're also prone to bowling no-balls. If they just started their run ups from a little further back most could probably eliminate no-balls altogether, so why do they risk it?
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 07 Jan 2015 08:30:01 EDTnews339837251Origami—mathematics in creasingOrigami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. One uncut square of paper can, in the hands of an origami artist, be folded into a bird, a frog, a sailboat, or a Japanese samurai helmet beetle. Origami can be extraordinarily complicated and intricate.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsWed, 07 Jan 2015 07:20:01 EDTnews339836888Decision cascades in social networksHow do people in a social network behave? How are opinions, decisions and behaviors of individuals influenced by their online networks? Can the application of math help answer these questions?
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 22 Dec 2014 12:52:42 EDTnews338475147Ecosystems 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 EDTnews338458434Christmas cracker pulling: How to send everyone home a winnerAccording to experts' statistical analyses, if you're expecting 10 guests for dinner on Christmas day, 15 crackers—those festive cardboard tubes filled with a one-size-fits-no-one paper hat, a small toy, and a groan-inducing joke—should be enough to send everyone home happy. The experts came to their estimation by simulating 10,000 parties, with guest numbers ranging from 2 to 50. Their results are published in Significance.
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Other Sciences - MathematicsMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:29:40 EDTnews337883374Mathematicians 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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