Best of Last Week: Questioning Higgs finding, possible alternative to antibiotics and reversing diabetes in mice
Granular model explains unusual behavior in sand
From a mechanical perspective, granular materials are stuck between a rock and a fluid place, with behavior resembling neither a solid nor a liquid. Think of sand through an hourglass: As grains funnel through, ...
A numbers game: Math helps to predict how the body fights disease
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 ...
Game theory analysis shows how evolution favors cooperation's collapse
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 ...
Grothendieck, eccentric maths genius, dies in France (Update)
Alexander Grothendieck, one of the great eccentric geniuses of 20th century mathematics, has died in France at the age of 86.
Stock market models help researchers predict animal behavior
In an unexpected mashup of financial and mechanical engineering, researchers have discovered that the same modeling used to forecast fluctuations in the stock market can be used to predict aspects of animal ...
The significance of digits: just how reliable are reported numbers?
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.
Spliddit helps divide bills, credit, material items fairly
Dividing bills, credit and material items between two people is a fairly simple and straightforward task.
Killing off alien invaders – with maths
Environmental scientists are using a new mathematical model to ensure that feral pests are well and truly beaten.
Solving the future with abstract algebra
Ask people what they know about the frontiers of mathematics research, and the response is usually some variation on: "What is there to research about math?"
Bird brains may help drones fly and avoid crashing
Imagine a sky full of autonomous flying machines delivering anything from fast-food to important documents, medical supplies or just a surprise gift for someone special. How do you stop them all colliding ...
Health screening for industrial machines
Germany's Industry 4.0 initiative aims to develop industrial machinery with built-in intelligence based on smart self-monitoring functions. Researchers have now come a step closer to the ideal of a self-maintaining ...
From smart grids to flying robots, engineer finds many applications for theory
The future of electricity involves a "smart" grid, in which the energy distribution system is fully computerized, with sensors and wireless devices monitoring remote parts of the system and communicating ...