Linguists to re-think reason for short words
Mathematical model shows how groups split into factions
(PhysOrg.com) -- The school dance committee is split; one group wants an "Alice in Wonderland" theme; the other insists on "Vampire Jamboree." Mathematics could have predicted it.
Have we reached peak travel?
New mathematics research proves there's plenty of time for evolution
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new mathematical model developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has offered even more evidence of the correctness of evolutionary theory.
Computer scientists make progress on math puzzle
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two UT Dallas computer scientists have made progress on a nearly 4-decade-old mathematical puzzle, producing a proof that renowned Stanford computer scientist Don Knuth called "amazing" in his communication ...
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 ...
Fungal spores travel farther by surfing their own wind (w/ Video)
Long before geese started flying in chevron formation or cyclists learned the value of drafting, fungi discovered an aerodynamic way to reduce drag on their spores so as to spread them as high and as far as ...
The friendly way to catch the flu: 'Friendship paradox' may help predict spread of infectious disease
(PhysOrg.com) -- Your friends are probably more popular than you are. And this "friendship paradox" may help predict the spread of infectious disease.
Doubts continue on claim to have solved P vs NP mathematical question
Japanese and US whizzes claim news record for pi calculation -- five trillion decimal places
A pair of Japanese and US computer whizzes claim to have calculated pi to five trillion decimal places -- a number which if verified eclipses the previous record set by a French software engineer.
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 ...
Entropy study suggests Pictish symbols likely were part of a written language
A delicate balance: New study shows how networks keep themselves in synch
(PhysOrg.com) -- Synchronization is all around us. Think of fireflies flashing together, crickets chirping in unison, neurons firing together and power plants generating electrical currents with the exact same frequency all ...