Sitting still or going hunting: Which works better?
For the kinds of animals that are most familiar to us—ones that are big enough to see—it's a no-brainer: Is it better to sit around and wait for food to come to you, or to move around and find it? Larger ...
Religion on the verge of extinction in many countries: math study
Scientists Explain Why Computers Crash But We Don't
(PhysOrg.com) -- Nature and software engineers face similar design challenges in creating control systems. The different solutions they employ help explain why living organisms tend to malfunction less than ...
Mathematical model explains marital breakups
'Moral victories' might spare you from losing again
It's human nature to hate losing. Unfortunately, it's also human nature to overreact to a loss, potentially abandoning a solid strategy and thus increasing your chances of losing the next time around.
Mathematician credited with solving one of combinatorial geometry's most challenging problems
(PhysOrg.com) -- A mathematician in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences is being credited with resolving a 65-year-old problem in combinatorial geometry that sought to determine the minimum number of distinct ...
Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century despite its widespread use in modeling the ...
Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles
The math of the Rubik's cube
Last August, 30 years after the Rubiks cube first appeared, an international team of researchers proved that no matter how scrambled a cube got, it could be solved in no more than 20 moves. Although ...
Cambridge University puts Newton's papers online
Hollywood movies follow a mathematical formula
Princeton researchers solve problem filling space -- without cubes
(PhysOrg.com) -- Whether packing oranges into a crate, fitting molecules into a human cell or getting data onto a compact disc, wasted space is usually not a good thing.
Researchers link patterns seen in spider silk, melodies
Using a new mathematical methodology, researchers at MIT have created a scientifically rigorous analogy that shows the similarities between the physical structure of spider silk and the sonic structure of ...