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New definition returns meaning to information

A 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 ...

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Mathematics as weapon against desertification

Ph.D. student Robbin Bastiaansen applies mathematics to get insight in practical problems. By comparing mathematical models with developments in existing ecosystems, he hopes to demystify the process of desertification. His ...

dateOct 22, 2018 in Mathematics
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Bitcoin better than the dollar?

The name cryptocurrency does not inspire trust. Advanced statistical analysis for the Bitcoin market carried out at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, however, has not shown any ...

dateOct 11, 2018 in Mathematics
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The weird world of one-sided objects

You have most likely encountered one-sided objects hundreds of times in your daily life – like the universal symbol for recycling, found printed on the backs of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

dateSep 24, 2018 in Mathematics
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Solving real-world problems

Tools developed by Håvard Rue have transformed data analysis, interpretation and communication, and are applied broadly: from modeling the spread of infectious diseases to mapping fish stocks.

dateSep 20, 2018 in Mathematics
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Game theory can prevent disease outbreaks

When multiple passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York recently were taken ill with flu-like symptoms, the plane was understandably quarantined. It's not too hard to imagine how international travel could quickly help ...

dateSep 12, 2018 in Mathematics
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How to cut queues at immigration – with maths

When going on holiday to a foreign country, there's one part of the journey that everybody dreads: border control. Everyone has to have their passport checked by an immigration official when entering a new country – and ...

dateAug 15, 2018 in Mathematics
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Mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery

If 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 ...

dateAug 13, 2018 in Mathematics
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How number crunching can optimise crisp frying

Optimising the frying time of crisps may not be an obvious application of mathematics, but this is one of the problems delegates to the 138th European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) were asked to solve last week.

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