'Professor Risk' versus the psychic octopus
(PhysOrg.com) -- Having devoted his career to using statistical analysis to make accurate predictions, Professor David Spiegelhalter will this week attempt to explain how Paul the 'psychic' octopus appears ...
World's smoothest roller coaster ride: Swedish mathematicians draw the perfect loop
At the age of 74, retired roller coaster designer Werner Stengel still spends his days riding the latest loop-de-loops.
Stock market model first to reproduce main properties of the real market
'Econophysics' points way to fair salaries in free market
A Purdue University researcher has used "econophysics" to show that under ideal circumstances free markets promote fair salaries for workers and do not support CEO compensation practices common today.
Mathematical formula predicts clear favorite for the FIFA World Cup
A sophisticated new analysis of team tactics predicts a Spanish win in Sunday's FIFA World Cup final and also shows why England were beaten by Germany.
Mathematical models for breast cancer detection with microwave tomography are cheaper and less risky
The most popular method of breast cancer detection today is X-ray mammography, which takes images of a compressed breast by low-dose ionizing radiation. However, there are several disadvantages to using X-rays for breast ...
Russian mathematician rejects $1 million prize
(AP) -- He said nyet to $1 million. Grigory Perelman, a reclusive Russian mathematics genius who made headlines earlier this year for not immediately embracing a lucrative math prize, has decided to decline ...
Stirring the ocean: Calculating the role of the oceans' swimmers
(PhysOrg.com) -- The world's oceans, we know, are constantly shaken and stirred by the winds and the tides and other physical forces of nature. But what about fish and other swimming marine life? Do they stir ...
Riding a bike couldn't be ... more complicated
We are told there's nothing easier than riding a bike. The reality is when it comes to staying upright, there is nothing more complicated. The mathematical formula which explains the motion of a bicycle looks like it could ...
Using science to identify true soccer stars
(PhysOrg.com) -- As a young boy growing up in Portugal, Luis Amaral loved playing, watching and talking soccer. Amaral and his friends passionately debated about which players were "the best." But, it was ...
Best Team Not Guaranteed World Cup Success
The World Cup offers fans of the globe's most popular sport the chance to thrill and agonize over the ups and downs of their nations' teams. For scientists, whether or not they are fans, it's another chance ...
Entropy study suggests Pictish symbols likely were part of a written language
Professor predicts Brazil will win World Cup
(PhysOrg.com) -- Government professor Christopher Anderson, a former semi-pro soccer player, has launched a statistically based soccer blog. He predicts Brazil will take the cup in South Africa this summer.
Top Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold dies
Russian Vladimir Arnold, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, died Thursday in France just a few days short of his 73rd birthday, Russian news agencies reported.