News tagged with probabilities

The secret life of knots

Nanotechnologies require a detailed knowledge of the molecular state. For instance, it is useful to know when and how a generic polymer, a long chain of polymers (chain of beads), knots. The study of molecular ...

dateJun 10, 2013 in Polymers
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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Lotteries of different kinds have been part of the human culture since remote times. Apparently, the initial idea was to use the money gained through the game to finance government projects. This seems to be how the Great ...

dateMar 19, 2014 in Social Sciences
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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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Abuse from other universes -- a second opinion

At the end of last year, there was a flurry of activity from astronomers Gurzadyan and Penrose that considered the evidence of alternate universes or the existence of a universe prior to the Big Bang and suggested ...

dateOct 10, 2011 in Astronomy
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