### On the hunt for mathematical beauty

For anyone who has ever taken a commercial flight, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: Hundreds of passengers sit around waiting for boarding to begin, then rush to be at the front of the line as soon as ...

For anyone who has ever taken a commercial flight, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: Hundreds of passengers sit around waiting for boarding to begin, then rush to be at the front of the line as soon as ...

Mar 23, 2012
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Hungarian Endre Szemeredi has won the Abel prize, considered to be the "Nobel" for mathematics, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Wednesday.

Mar 21, 2012
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Who wouldn't pay a penny for a sports car? That's the mentality some popular online auctions take advantage of -- the opportunity to get an expensive item for very little money.

Mar 16, 2012
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Winifred Edgerton Merrill (1862-1951) was the first woman to receive a PhD in mathematics in the United States. Throughout her life, she worked to advance women in a male-dominated society. She helped to found Barnard College, ...

Mar 15, 2012
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(PhysOrg.com) -- Gregg Gallatin, a researcher at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has shown that combining a nineteenth century flux theorem with an eighteenth century mathematical operation provides ...

Mar 15, 2012
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(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists and amateur enthusiasts alike have long been fascinated by the abilities of some groups of animals to move in lockstep with one another, most specifically with schools of fish and ...

When oil started gushing into the Gulf of Mexico in late April 2010, friends asked George Haller whether he was tracking its movement. That's because the McGill engineering professor has been working for years ...

Mar 12, 2012
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Each March, the otherwise obscure field of "bracketology" becomes a premier discipline in the U.S. As pundits and fans debate the 68 teams that most deserve to participate in the NCAA Division I Men's ...

Mar 12, 2012
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Whether it is the sprinter who finished first or the team that scored more points, it's usually easy to determine who won a sporting event. But finding the statistics that explain why an athlete or team wins ...

Mar 08, 2012
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Basketball dominates the American sports landscape in March. So perhaps it’s fitting that the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held Friday and Saturday in Boston, heavily showcased ...

Mar 06, 2012
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Imagine if your hobby became your profession — or, indeed, if it started a whole new profession.

Mar 02, 2012
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(PhysOrg.com) -- Bumblebees use complex flying patterns to avoid predators according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London.

Mar 02, 2012
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Attention, star scientists: Pierre Azoulay is watching you. Not literally, of course: Azoulay, an economist, inhabits an office tucked away in the MIT Sloan School of Management, far from any lab. But his ...

Feb 29, 2012
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Mathematically, is it possible to continuously deform a rough sphere into a perfect sphere? Under what situations can we solve the differential equations?

Feb 27, 2012
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For more than half a century, many social scientists and urban geographers interested in modeling the movement of people and goods between cities, states or countries have relied on a statistical formula called ...

Feb 27, 2012
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