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en-usPhys.org internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Nanotechnology, Life Sciences, Space Science, Earth Science, Environment, Health and Medicine.Mathematician theorizes what happened to MH370The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by a Texas A&M University at Qatar math professor has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.
http://phys.org/news/2015-06-mathematician-theorizes-mh370.html
Mathematics Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:30:01 EDTnews352963169Mathematics 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.
http://phys.org/news/2015-02-mathematics-student-s-bahn-stations-berlin.html
Mathematics Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:47:44 EDTnews342866848New study offers novel insights into pathogen behaviorA new study by a team of researchers that includes University of Notre Dame scientists Joshua Shrout and Mark Alber provides new insights into the behavior of an important bacterial pathogen.
http://phys.org/news/2014-12-insights-pathogen-behavior.html
Cell & Microbiology Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:16:41 EDTnews338033790Insightful mathematics for an optimal run: Mathematical equations can help improve athletic performanceSure, we can become better runners by hydrating well, eating right, cross training, and practice. But getting to an optimal running strategy with equations? That's exactly what a pair of mathematicians from France propose in a paper published this month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics.
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-insightful-mathematics-optimal-mathematical-equations.html
Mathematics Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:01:43 EDTnews333622896Maths brilliance in systems engineering"I was trained as an applied mathematician with a strong emphasis on statistics as a student at Dhaka University, Bangladesh. It transpired that this is not a common combination and I then went on to do my PhD at Loughborough University in Leicestershire in the United Kingdom on mathematical application solving engineering problems. Both these choices proved fruitful in my career, which brought me to Wits University in 1997," says Professor Montaz Ali.
http://phys.org/news/2014-10-maths-brilliance.html
Mathematics Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:40:01 EDTnews331977351Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxyThe central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave like particles, sometimes like waves. For most of the past century, the prevailing explanation of this conundrum has been what's called the "Copenhagen interpretation"—which holds that, in some sense, a single particle really is a wave, smeared out across the universe, that collapses into a determinate location only when observed.
http://phys.org/news/2014-09-fluid-mechanics-alternative-quantum-orthodoxy.html
Quantum Physics Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:10:51 EDTnews329721037Professor 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.
http://phys.org/news/2014-08-professor-quantifies.html
Mathematics Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:41:16 EDTnews327303663Understanding disease states through mathAngela Reynolds, Ph.D., is in the business of translating math to biology and biology back to math. As an applied mathematician, she can turn chemical reactions into equations.
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-disease-states-math.html
Mathematics Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:40:01 EDTnews308816219Control theorist Barmish challenges need to model financial markets(Phys.org) —B. Ross Barmish hopes his research will build a bridge between control theorists and financial scholars.
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-theorist-barmish-financial.html
Economics & Business Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:00:20 EDTnews308476809Tracking criminal movement using math: Will the next strike be near or far away?One way to study criminal behavior and predict a criminal's next move is by analyzing his or her movement. Several mathematical models have addressed this in detail, in particular, the UCLA "burglary hotspot" model, also the topic of a previous Nugget published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
http://phys.org/news/2013-09-tracking-criminal-movement-math.html
Mathematics Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:13:01 EDTnews298210370Using math models to make predictions: How vegetation competes for rainfall in dry regionsThe greater the plant density in a given area, the greater the amount of rainwater that seeps into the ground. This is due to a higher presence of dense roots and organic matter in the soil. Since water is a limited resource in many dry ecosystems, such as semi-arid environments and semi-deserts, there is a benefit to vegetation to adapt by forming closer networks with little space between plants.
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-math-vegetation-rainfall-regions.html
Mathematics Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:49:57 EDTnews297082184Altering organic molecules' interaction with lightEnhancing and manipulating the light emission of organic molecules is at heart of many important technological and scientific advances, including in the fields of organic light emitting devices, bio-imaging, bio-molecular detection. Researchers at MIT have now discovered a new platform that enables dramatic manipulation of the emission of organic molecules when simply suspended on top of a carefully designed planar slab with a periodic array of holes: so-called photonic crystal surface.
http://phys.org/news/2013-08-molecules-interaction.html
Optics & Photonics Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:36:54 EDTnews295011402New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensorsThere are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method to trap light that could find a wide variety of applications.
http://phys.org/news/2013-07-phenomenon-lasers-sensors.html
General Physics Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:00:05 EDTnews292678608Researchers explain magnetic field misbehavior in solar flaresWhen a solar flare filled with charged particles erupts from the sun, its magnetic fields sometime break a widely accepted rule of physics. The flux-freezing theorem dictates that the magnetic lines of force should flow away in lock-step with the particles, whole and unbroken. Instead, the lines sometimes break apart and quickly reconnect in a way that has mystified astrophysicists.
http://phys.org/news/2013-05-magnetic-field-misbehavior-solar-flares.html
Astronomy Wed, 22 May 2013 16:00:09 EDTnews288457198How to manage motorway tolls through the Game TheoryA team led by José Manuel Zarzuelo, Professor of Applied Economics, has applied the co-operative Game Theory to calculating motorway toll charges. The results of the study have been published in the specialised journal European Journal of Operational Research. In this study, the authors propose that sophisticated mathematical methods could be used in traffic management.
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-motorway-tolls-game-theory.html
Other Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:48:09 EDTnews286548482Decision making in scientific peer review unravelled with mathematical modellingProfessor Mikko Alava and undergraduate Tuomo Hartonen of Aalto University Department of Applied Physics have modelled the work processes and human decision making in scientific peer review with the help of statistical physics. Their study will improve understanding of how actions of reviewers and editors during the review work correlate with the decisions to publish or reject article manuscripts. The article presenting their research is now published in the journal Scientific Reports.
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-decision-scientific-peer-unravelled-mathematical.html
Mathematics Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:44:28 EDTnews285831852Math detects contamination in water distribution networksNone of us want to experience events like the Camelford water pollution incident in Cornwall, England, in the late eighties, or more recently, the Crestwood, Illinois, water contamination episode in 2009 where accidental pollution of drinking water led to heart-wrenching consequences to consumers, including brain damage, high cancer risk, and even death. In the case of such catastrophes, it is important to have a method to identify and curtail contaminations immediately to minimize impact on the public.
http://phys.org/news/2012-11-math-contamination-networks.html
Mathematics Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:40:28 EDTnews273332411Erosion has a point—and an edge, researchers findErosion caused by flowing water does not only smooth out objects, but can also form distinct shapes with sharp points and edges, a team of New York University researchers has found. Their findings, which appear in the latest edition of the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveal the unexpected ways that erosion can affect landscapes and artificial materials.
http://phys.org/news/2012-11-erosion-pointand-edge.html
Environment Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:00:06 EDTnews271953713Six-year journey leads to proof of Feit-Thompson TheoremAt 5:46 p.m. on Sept. 20, Georges Gonthier, principal researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, sent a brief email to his colleagues at the Microsoft Research-Inria Joint Centre in Paris. It read, in full: "This is really the End."
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-six-year-journey-proof-feit-thompson-theorem.html
Mathematics Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:03:54 EDTnews269247759Slicing mitotic spindle with lasers, nanosurgeons unravel old pole-to-pole theoryThe mitotic spindle, an apparatus that segregates chromosomes during cell division, may be more complex than the standard textbook picture suggests, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-slicing-mitotic-spindle-lasers-nanosurgeons.html
Cell & Microbiology Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:01:52 EDTnews254660492Shedding light on southpaws: Sports data help confirm theory explaining left-handed minority in general populationLefties have always been a bit of a puzzle. Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, left-handers have been viewed with suspicion and persecuted across history. The word "sinister" even derives from "left or left-hand."
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-southpaws-sports-theory-left-handed-minority.html
Social Sciences Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:10:01 EDTnews254579156Aiding cancer therapy by mathematically modeling tumor-immune interactionsCancer is one of the five leading causes of death. And yet, despite decades of research, there is no standardized first-line treatment for most cancers. In addition, disappointing results from predominant second-line treatments like chemotherapy have established the need for alternative methods.
http://phys.org/news/2012-01-aiding-cancer-therapy-mathematically-tumor-immune.html
Mathematics Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:46:06 EDTnews246717953Fighting violent gang crime with math(PhysOrg.com) -- UCLA mathematicians working with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze crime patterns have designed a mathematical algorithm to identify street gangs involved in unsolved violent crimes. Their research is based on patterns of known criminal activity between gangs, and represents the first scholarly study of gang violence of its kind.
http://phys.org/news/2011-10-violent-gang-crime-math.html
Mathematics Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:42:01 EDTnews239258507Acoustic cloaking device echoes advances in optical cloakingOptical cloaking devices that enable light to gracefully slip around a solid object were once strictly in the realm of science fiction. Today they have emerged as an exciting area of study, at least on microscopic scales.
http://phys.org/news/2011-08-acoustic-cloaking-device-echoes-advances.html
General Physics Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:56:41 EDTnews232624588Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputerThey can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second.
http://phys.org/news/2010-04-iowa-state-ames-lab-blue.html
Computer Sciences Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:30:03 EDTnews191609210IBM Researchers Develop Energy Efficient Method to Analyze the Quality of Data at Record Speeds(PhysOrg.com) -- IBM Research today unveiled a breakthrough method based on a mathematical algorithm that reduces the computational complexity, costs, and energy usage for analyzing the quality of massive amounts of data by two orders of magnitude. This new method will greatly help enterprises extract and use the data more quickly and efficiently to develop more accurate and predictive models.
http://phys.org/news/2010-02-ibm-energy-efficient-method-quality.html
Computer Sciences Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:10:01 EDTnews186341055Fuel cells, energy conversion and mathematicsConcerns about dwindling fossil fuel resources, current levels of petroleum consumption, and growing pressure to shift to more sustainable energy sources are among the many factors prompting the transition from our current energy infrastructure to one that uses less carbon and requires the efficient conversion of energy. This necessitates collecting energy from ambient sources including wind, solar, and geothermal power, and converting it into appropriate forms for distributing electricity. While it is possible for this electric power to be distributed efficiently, conversion is necessary for use in automobiles and large-scale storage is problematic.
http://phys.org/news/2009-07-fuel-cells-energy-conversion-mathematics.html
Mathematics Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:30:01 EDTnews167659860High school students' paper published in prestigious college math journalA paper written by four students from High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, entitled Ethanol: Not All It Seems To Be has been published in the January 2009 issue of The Mathematical Association of America's College Mathematics Journal.
http://phys.org/news/2009-01-high-school-students-paper-published.html
Mathematics Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:36:06 EDTnews151241766