### American mathematicians Nash, Nirenberg win Abel math prize

American mathematicians John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg have won this year's Abel Prize in mathematics.

American mathematicians John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg have won this year's Abel Prize in mathematics.

Mar 25, 2015
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It isn't that often that a scientific controversy is featured in the New Yorker, but in 2012 an article titled "Kin and Kind" describing a tempest over a biological theory appeared in its pages.

Mar 23, 2015
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Evolution

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As a grape slowly dries and shrivels, its surface creases, ultimately taking on the wrinkled form of a raisin. Similar patterns can be found on the surfaces of other dried materials, as well as in human fingerprints. While ...

Feb 02, 2015
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Mathematics

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You've misplaced your cell phone. You start by scanning where you remember leaving it: on your bureau. You check and double-check the bureau before expanding your search around and below the bureau. Eventually, you switch ...

Dec 10, 2014
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Plants & Animals

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Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B. Plotkin published a mathematical explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature. Using the classical game theory ...

Nov 24, 2014
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Evolution

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The size and age of plants has more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by University of Arizona researchers.

Jul 20, 2014
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Environment

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Ecologists are awash with data and have the tools to find patterns in it, but understanding those patterns requires the extra struggle to come up with simple, typically mathematical approaches that the 16 co-authors of a ...

Jul 17, 2014
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Ecology

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"All Cretans are liars", said Epimenides, a Cretan. But this means that his statement must be a lie too. But then it is false that Cretans are liars and the statement must be true. So what now?

Jun 24, 2014
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Mathematics

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One of the benefits of being an astrophysicist is your weekly email from someone who claims to have "proven Einstein wrong". These either contain no mathematical equations and use phrases such as "it is obvious that..", or ...

Jan 14, 2014
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General Physics

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