Science graduates are not that hot at maths – but why?
Research suggests science graduates are struggling with essential quantitative skills and science degree programs are to blame.
Mathematics might save you a trip to the ER
Since the days of Hippocrates, people have known that certain illnesses come and go with the seasons. More recently, researchers have learned that these cyclic recurrences of disease, known as seasonality, are often related ...
Rough calculations: New book lays out practical tools for educated guessing
(PhysOrg.com) -- Time for some quick arithmetic: Is 3600 x 4.4 x 104 x 32 larger or smaller than 3 x 109?
Redrawing the map of Great Britain based on human interaction
A group of researchers at MIT, Cornell University and University College London have used one of the world's largest databases of telecommunications records to redraw the map of Great Britain. The research, ...
Study: No gender differences in math performance
We've all heard it. Many of us in fact believe it. Girls just aren't as good at math as boys. But is it true? After sifting through mountains of data - including SAT results and math scores from 7 million students who were ...
Public schools as good as private schools in raising math scores, study says
Students in public schools learn as much or more math between kindergarten and fifth grade as similar students in private schools, according to a new University of Illinois study of multi-year, longitudinal data on nearly ...
Book Assails Unrealistic Mathematical Models
Using equations to forecast the specific behavior of complex natural processes such as beach erosion and long-term nuclear waste storage creates a false sense of security, according to a new book by a retired Duke University ...
Scientists flag global food pricing too hot to ignore
A paper on the surge in world food prices is calling on private and public policy makers to recognize the serious impact that price spikes in food bring to the worlds most vulnerable populations.
Freezing liquids help to predict properties of prime numbers
(Phys.org) -- The same freezing which is responsible for transforming liquids into glasses can help to predict some patterns observed in prime numbers, according to a team of scientists from Queen Mary, University ...
Rethinking the roots of altruism
For decades, researchers working to understand how altruistic behavior evolved have relied on a concept known as inclusive fitness, which holds that organisms receive an evolutionary benefit—and are able ...
New breakthrough in bubble research
A researcher from the University of Bath has found a new approach to an old geometric problem of modelling the most efficient way of packing shapes to form a foam.
Study: Why the best soccer teams don't always win
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.
Mathematical model helps marathoners pace themselves to a strong finish
Most marathon runners know they need to consume carbohydrates before and during a race, but many don't have a good fueling strategy. Now, one dedicated marathoner -- an MD/PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Division ...