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en-usPhys.org provides the latest news on mathematics, math, math science, mathematical science and math technology. Breaking down Beowulf: Statistical technique finds evidence that Old English poem had a single authorIt's been a towering landmark in the world of English literature for more than two centuries, but Beowulf is still the subject of fierce academic debate, in part between those who claim the epic poem is the work of a single author and those who claim it was stitched together from multiple sources.
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-beowulf-statistical-technique-evidence-english.html
Mathematics Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:00:12 EDTnews473922274Bristol mathematician cracks Diophantine puzzleA mathematician from the University of Bristol has found a solution to part of a 64-year old mathematical problem – expressing the number 33 as the sum of three cubes.
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-bristol-mathematician-diophantine-puzzle.html
Mathematics Tue, 02 Apr 2019 07:40:04 EDTnews473409600Mathematicians reveal secret to human sperm's swimming prowessResearchers have discovered what gives human sperm the strength to succeed in the race to fertilise the egg.
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-mathematicians-reveal-secret-human-sperm.html
Mathematics Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:10:01 EDTnews472226103Abel Prize for maths awarded to woman for first timeWomen took another step forward in the still male-dominated world of science Tuesday, as American Karen Uhlenbeck won the Abel Prize in mathematics for her work on partial differential equations.
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-abel-prize-maths-awarded-woman.html
Mathematics Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:13:03 EDTnews472205574Do all networks obey the scale-free law? Maybe notAs Benjamin Franklin once joked, death and taxes are universal. Scale-free networks may not be, at least according to a new study from CU Boulder.
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-networks-scale-free-law.html
Mathematics Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:43:14 EDTnews470940173Disclosing bed bug infestation to potential tenants can save landlords moneyLaws that require landlords to disclose bed bug infestations help combat the spread of the insects and protect the health of potential tenants. According to a new study, these laws also lead to cost savings, on average, for landlords within five years. Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published their findings today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
https://phys.org/news/2019-03-disclosing-bed-bug-infestation-potential.html
Mathematics Mon, 04 Mar 2019 15:00:06 EDTnews470911196Mathematical monotsukuri: Summing a constant may help to detect synchronized brain activityScientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology found a simple, yet effective way to improve how synchronization is measured in chaotic systems. The technique consists of adding a constant parameter to the "analytic signals" in a way that emphasizes certain aspects of their timing. This could improve brain-computer interfaces designed to aid disabled people.
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-mathematical-monotsukuri-summing-constant-synchronized.html
Mathematics Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:21:33 EDTnews469351285Famous 'sandpile model' shown to move like a traveling sand duneThe so-called Abelian sandpile model has been studied by scientists for more than 30 years to better understand a physical phenomenon called self-organized criticality, which appears in many real-life situations such as the coordinated firing of brain cells, the spread of forest fires, the distribution of earthquake magnitudes, and even in the coordinated behavior of ant colonies. Even though the sandpile model serves as the archetypal model to study self-organized criticality, questions about its characteristics are still open and remain an active field of research.
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-famous-sandpile-shown-sand-dune.html
Mathematics Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:33:51 EDTnews469096421Frog choruses inspire wireless sensor networksIf you've ever camped by a pond, you know frogs make a racket at night; but what you might not know is how functional and regulated their choruses really are. Frogs communicate with sound, and amid their ruckus is an internally orchestrated system that lets information get through more clearly while also permitting collective choruses and time to rest. Researchers from Osaka University and University of Tsukuba sought to leverage this amphibious acumen for mathematical and technological aims.
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-frog-choruses-wireless-sensor-networks.html
Mathematics Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:00:01 EDTnews467283057Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish's explosive slimeHundreds of meters deep in the dark of the ocean, a shark glides toward what seems like a meal. It's kind of ugly, eel-like and not particularly meaty, but still probably food. So the shark strikes.
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-unraveling-threads-bizarre-hagfish-explosive.html
Mathematics Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:00:01 EDTnews466789412Census data could be used to improve city neighbourhoodsA new analysis of the 2011 census has revealed that social differences among city populations significantly influence how neighbourhoods take shape. Researchers hope that their insights could help councils to make better planning decisions.
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-census-city-neighbourhoods.html
Mathematics Social Sciences Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:30:01 EDTnews466250962Research explains public resistance to vaccinationWhy is it so challenging to increase the number of people who get vaccinated? How does popular resistance to vaccination remain strong even as preventable diseases make a comeback?
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-resistance-vaccination.html
Mathematics Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:01 EDTnews466183283A mathematical approach for understanding intra-plant communicationA team of researchers at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) and Istituto Italiano di Technologia (IIT) have devised a mathematical approach for understanding intra-plant communication. In their paper, pre-published on bioRxiv, they propose a fully coupled system of non-linear, non-autonomous discontinuous and ordinary differential equations that can accurately describe the adapting behavior and growth of a single plant, by analyzing the main stimuli affecting plant behavior.
https://phys.org/news/2019-01-mathematical-approach-intra-plant.html
Mathematics Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:00:02 EDTnews465812629Mobius kaleidocycles: Sensational structures with potential applicationsKaleidocycles are found where science, math, and art meet. The objects resemble geometric sculptures that might be found in a modern art museum, but it is the motions they undergo that really capture the imagination. Ring linkages, constructed from hinges and rigid geometric shapes, can be turned inside-out continuously, reminiscent of a flower bud blooming over and over again. The mesmerizing objects inspire wonder in all those who see them, including curious engineers and mathematicians.
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-mobius-kaleidocycles-sensational-potential-applications.html
Mathematics Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:00:03 EDTnews464259451The Wizard of Oz most 'influential' film of all time according to network scienceThe Wizard of Oz, followed by Star Wars and Psycho, is identified as the most influential film of all time in a study published in the open access journal Applied Network Science.
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-wizard-oz-influential-network-science.html
Mathematics Thu, 29 Nov 2018 20:00:01 EDTnews462730792Researchers find most fantasy sports are based on skill, not luckIf you've ever taken part in the armchair sport of fantasy football and found yourself at the top of your league's standings at the end of the season, a new MIT study suggests your performance—however far removed from any actual playing field—was likely based on skill rather than luck.
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-fantasy-sports-based-skill-luck.html
Mathematics Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:27:04 EDTnews460798017New definition returns meaning to informationA fish on the Great Barrier Reef continually acquires new information from its environment—the location of food, the murkiness of the water, and the sounds of distant ships, to name a few examples. But only some of that information is meaningful, in that it actually helps the fish survive. In various disciplines, from biology to artificial intelligence, identifying such meaningful, or "semantic," information is a key challenge. Yet a broadly applicable, fully formal definition of this kind of information has never been developed.
https://phys.org/news/2018-10-definition.html
Mathematics Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:03:50 EDTnews459504224Has one of math's greatest mysteries, the Riemann hypothesis, finally been solved?Over the past few days, the mathematics world has been abuzz over the news that Sir Michael Atiyah, the famous Fields Medalist and Abel Prize winner, claims to have solved the Riemann hypothesis.
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-math-greatest-mysteries-riemann-hypothesis.html
Mathematics Fri, 28 Sep 2018 08:30:03 EDTnews457342199Searching for new bridge forms that can span furtherNewly identified bridge forms could enable significantly longer bridge spans to be achieved in the future, potentially making a crossing over the Strait of Gibraltar, from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco, feasible.
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-bridge-span.html
Mathematics Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:19:37 EDTnews456542367Mathematician uses dynamical ideas for insight into the geometry of a spaceSteven Frankel is not hungry. He just wants to talk about noodles.
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-mathematician-dynamical-ideas-insight-geometry.html
Mathematics Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:59:27 EDTnews455795962Researchers outline game-theory approach to better understand geneticsPrinciples of game theory offer new ways of understanding genetic behavior, a pair of researchers has concluded in a new analysis appearing in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Its work opens the possibility of comprehending biological processes, and specifically biochemistry, through a new scientific lens.
https://phys.org/news/2018-09-outline-game-theory-approach-genetics.html
Mathematics Tue, 04 Sep 2018 19:10:01 EDTnews455297688Mathematics can assist cities in addressing unstructured neighborhoodsNew mathematical models developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory with collaborators at Sam Houston State University and the University of Chicago can help guide changes to the layout of poor urban neighborhoods to improve access to resources with minimum disruption and cost.
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-mathematics-cities-unstructured-neighborhoods.html
Mathematics Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:00:03 EDTnews454745951Math shows how human behavior spreads infectious diseasesMathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviors that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-math-human-behavior-infectious-diseases.html
Mathematics Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:26:14 EDTnews453608749Mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mysteryIf you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Can you break the noodle in two? If not, you're in very good company.
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-mathematicians-age-old-spaghetti-mystery.html
Mathematics Mon, 13 Aug 2018 15:28:04 EDTnews453392870Kurdish refugee wins 'Nobel of mathematics' Fields medal (Update)Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University professor Caucher Birkar and an Italian who once preferred football to math on Wednesday were among four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, dubbed the Nobel prize for mathematics.
https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html
Mathematics Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:00:49 EDTnews452340040'Stable marriages' between microbes, nutrients may explain diverse yet stable communitiesA mathematical model created by University of Illinois researchers could help scientists better understand an intriguing characteristic of microbial communities: their ability to achieve stability despite being so diverse.
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-stable-marriages-microbes-nutrients-diverse.html
Mathematics Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:36:11 EDTnews451575355Data 'hashing' improves estimate of the number of victims in databasesResearchers from Rice University and Duke University are using the tools of statistics and data science in collaboration with Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) to accurately and efficiently estimate the number of identified victims killed in the Syrian civil war.
https://phys.org/news/2018-06-hashing-victims-databases.html
Mathematics Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:45:45 EDTnews447410733Math sheds light on how living cells 'think'How does the 'brain' of a living cell work, allowing an organism to function and thrive in changing and unfavourable environments?
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-math-cells.html
Mathematics Wed, 02 May 2018 09:36:29 EDTnews444472580Longest straight-line ocean path on planet Earth calculatedA pair of researchers, one with United Technologies Research Center, the other with IBM Research, has developed an algorithm that can be used to determine the longest straight-line path over water on Earth. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, Rohan Chabukswar and Kushal Mukherjee describe their algorithm and what it revealed.
https://phys.org/news/2018-05-longest-straight-line-ocean-path-planet.html
Mathematics Wed, 02 May 2018 08:59:25 EDTnews444470260Amateur mathematician partially solves 60-year-old problemProfessional biologist and amateur mathematician Aubrey de Grey has partially solved the Hadwiger-Nelson problem, which has vexed mathematicians since 1950. He has published a paper describing the solution on the arXiv preprint server.
https://phys.org/news/2018-04-amateur-mathematician-partially-year-old-problem.html
Mathematics Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:10:23 EDTnews443779197