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Heads or tails? It all depends on some key variables

Everyone knows the flip of a coin is a 50-50 proposition. Only it's not. You can beat the odds. So says a three-person team of Stanford and UC-Santa Cruz researchers. They produced a provocative study that turns conventional ...

dateOct 20, 2009 in Mathematics
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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.

dateMar 19, 2007 in Mathematics
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New brake light system could mean fewer collisions

A dynamic brake light system that enables rear lights on a leading vehicle to contract or expand during hard braking could help lessen how often rear-end automobile collisions occur, says new research from the University ...

dateMar 23, 2007 in Other
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A global teacher of 1,516 lessons and counting

From a tiny closet in Mountain View, Calif., Sal Khan is educating the globe for free. His 1,516 videotaped mini-lectures -- on topics ranging from simple addition to vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns -- are transforming ...

dateJun 27, 2010 in Other
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Researchers stumped by drug addiction paradox

From chocolate and caffeine to nicotine and cocaine, many of our most addictive foods and drugs come from plant toxins. Considering that plants originally developed these toxins to deter herbivorous predators, ...

dateApr 16, 2008 in Other feature
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Discovery explains how the venus flytrap snaps

A team of applied mathematicians, physicists, and biologists has discovered how the Venus flytrap snaps up its prey in a mere tenth of a second by actively shifting the curved shape of its mouth-like leaves. ...

dateJan 27, 2005 in
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