### The utility of mathematical models in evolutionary biology

Despite their important role as "proof-of-concept" tests in evolutionary research, mathematical models are commonly misunderstood in the biology research community.

Despite their important role as "proof-of-concept" tests in evolutionary research, mathematical models are commonly misunderstood in the biology research community.

Dec 10, 2014
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Taking inspiration from nature, researchers have created a versatile model to predict how stalagmite-like structures form in nuclear processing plants – as well as how lime scale builds up in kettles.

Dec 04, 2014
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Energy & Green Tech

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What motivates people to cooperate in collaborative endeavors? "First carrot, then stick". Tatsuya Sasaki, mathematician from the University of Vienna, has put forth for the first time ever a mathematical proof of this process. ...

Dec 03, 2014
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Mathematics

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A Curtin University engineering team has used a mathematical formula to help develop a system which could minimise down time and save on maintenance costs for desalination plants.

Dec 03, 2014
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Engineering

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(Phys.org)—In the ongoing effort to make communications secure, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) theoretically provides a solution – but to the delight of increasingly sophisticated hackers, falls short in real-world systems ...

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have defined for the first time how the size of the immune response is controlled, using mathematical models to predict how powerfully immune cells respond to infection and disease.

Nov 27, 2014
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Mathematics

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When numbers of any sort are presented in mathematics, science, business, government or finance, it's fair to say a reader assumes that the data are reasonably reliable to their last digit.

Nov 27, 2014
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Economics & Business

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Dividing bills, credit and material items between two people is a fairly simple and straightforward task.

Nov 25, 2014
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Software

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Environmental scientists are using a new mathematical model to ensure that feral pests are well and truly beaten.

Nov 25, 2014
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Ecology

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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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