Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
In 2012, six Italian seismologists were sent to prison because they failed to predict the 2009 L'Aquila 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
Mathematical model explains marital breakups
Mathematician credited with solving one of combinatorial geometry's most challenging problems
(PhysOrg.com) -- A mathematician in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences is being credited with resolving a 65-year-old problem in combinatorial geometry that sought to determine the minimum number of distinct ...
Study explains why soggy skin gets wrinkly but does not dissolve
Was the real discovery of the expanding universe lost in translation?
(PhysOrg.com) -- The greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century may have been credited to the wrong person. But it turns out to have been nobody's fault except for that of the actual original discoverer ...
A vexing math problem finds an elegant solution
(Phys.org) —A famous math problem that has vexed mathematicians for decades has met an elegant solution by Cornell researchers. Graduate student Yash Lodha, working with Justin Moore, professor of mathematics, has described ...
Physics duo discover 13 new solutions to Newtonian three-body orbit problem
Gravity eases its pull
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ever since Galileo first dropped his balls off the top of the Tower of Pisa in the late 16th century, gravity has caused a major headache for mathematicians and physicists down the ages.
Researchers develop quantum computer algorithm for counting prime numbers
Fruit fly nervous system provides new solution to fundamental computer network problem
(PhysOrg.com) -- The fruit fly has evolved a method for arranging the tiny, hair-like structures it uses to feel and hear the world that's so efficient a team of scientists in Israel and at Carnegie Mellon ...
The arithmetic of gun control
Aiming to quell heated national debate about gun control with factual answers, two UC Irvine mathematicians have designed parameters to measure how to best prevent both one-on-one killings and mass shootings in the United ...
Researchers seeking to redefine difference between solids and liquids
After almost 20 years, math problem falls
Mathematicians and engineers are often concerned with finding the minimum value of a particular mathematical function. That minimum could represent the optimal trade-off between competing criteria between ...
'Invisibility' cloak could protect buildings from earthquakes
University of Manchester mathematicians have developed the theory for a Harry Potter style 'cloaking' device which could protect buildings from earthquakes.