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How numbers can reveals hidden truths about sports

When a field-goal kicker lines up for an attempt in a football game, television viewers will typically be presented with the kicker's record from that distance—on all attempts from 40 to 49 yards, for instance. ...

Mar 01, 2013
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Mosh pits can shed light on panic situations

(Phys.org)—When physics graduate student Jesse Silverberg took his girlfriend to a heavy metal concert, he didn't dive into the mosh pit as usual. He hung back and observed that humans act like particles, ...

Feb 27, 2013
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University professor discovers largest prime number to date

(Phys.org)—Curtis Cooper, professor of math and computer science at the University of Central Missouri, has discovered the largest prime number to date, it's 257,885,161 – 1. It has 17 million digits and is also a Mersenne prime (a prime number defined by the equation N=2n-1, ...

Feb 06, 2013 report
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Math conundrums explained

How does the Google search ranking system work? Can mathematics explain the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day? A new web series of 'The Algebra of Everything' will explore these questions and more.

Jan 31, 2013
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Novel methods to support decision making processes

Mathematical analysis based on numbers and numerical estimates is widely used in decision making everywhere from public administration and business to environmental conservation. Methods for decision analysis evaluate different ...

Jan 24, 2013
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