Other Sciences news

Too much homework can be counterproductive

Instead of improving educational achievement in countries around the world, increases in homework may actually undercut teaching effectiveness and worsen disparities in student learning, according to two Penn State researchers. Most tea ...

May 31, 2005
4.2 / 5 (556) 0

Traffic jam mystery solved by mathematicians

Mathematicians from the University of Exeter have solved the mystery of traffic jams by developing a model to show how major delays occur on our roads, with no apparent cause. Many traffic jams leave drivers ...

Dec 19, 2007
3.9 / 5 (387) 31

Backs to the Future

New analysis of the language and gesture of South America's indigenous Aymara people indicates they have a concept of time opposite to all the world's studied cultures -- so that the past is ahead of them and ...

Jun 12, 2006
4.7 / 5 (267) 2

Meditation found to increase brain size

People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical ...

Jan 27, 2006
4.2 / 5 (260) 0

No strong link seen between violent video games and aggression

Results from the first long-term study of online videogame playing may be surprising. Contrary to popular opinion and most previous research, the new study found that players' "robust exposure" to a highly violent online gam ...

Aug 11, 2005
4.2 / 5 (229) 0

Mathematicians unlock major number theory puzzle

Mathematicians have finally laid to rest the legendary mystery surrounding an elusive group of numerical expressions known as the "mock theta functions." Number theorists have struggled to understand the functions ever since ...

Feb 27, 2007
4.2 / 5 (190) 0

Safe Nuclear Power and Green Hydrogen Fuel

Nuclear power is being shunned. It’s not surprising, after the serious accident at Chernobyl in 1986 that made the Russian city’s name synonymous with disaster. The potential exists for more of the same ...

Dec 11, 2005 feature
4.6 / 5 (165) 0

New mathematics-based sculpture unveils fourth dimension

Artistic works traditionally carry significance beyond their physical beauty, but a new sculpture in the McAllister Building headquarters of the Penn State Department of Mathematics may carry that tradition ...

Oct 20, 2005
4.4 / 5 (169) 0

Mathematicians solve E8 structure (Update)

A transatlantic team of number-crunchers announced they had built a theoretical structure in 248 dimensions, resolving a 120-year puzzle that could be used to test theories about the structure of the cosmos.

Mar 19, 2007
4.5 / 5 (167) 0