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A Random Walk through the English Language

    Andrei Andreyevich Markov, the atheist (left) and Pavel Alekseevich Nekrasov, the believer (right). Credit: AlamyHeres a game Claude Shannon…

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The Top Unsolved Questions in Mathematics Remain Mostly Mysterious

    Credit: Getty ImagesTwenty-one years ago this week, mathematicians released a list of the top seven unsolved problems in the field. Answerin…

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For Math Fans: Some Puzzles from Game of Life Creator John Conway

    John Horton Conway at a Combinatorial Game Theory Workshop at Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery…

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Lucy in the Sky with Crystals

    Credit: Scientific American, November 2019When our creative director, Michael Mrak, sent around the illustration for this month's cover…

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Out of the Woods

    Michael Cheshire. Credit: Michael CheshireIn 1954 Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose, then a young mathematician, visited an exhibition on Dutch a…

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Cracking the Combination

    AdvertisementGrid of superconducting materials allowed researchers from the University of California,Berkeley to select the most promis…

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Turning Back the Strands of Time

    AdvertisementIt may not sound as appetizing as aquavit, but telomerase--an enzyme discovered only a decade ago in a single-celled protozoan-…

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A Century of Mathematics

    AdvertisementLooking AheadThe International Mathematics Union has declared next year World Mathematical Year 2000. In keeping, they cal…

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NSF Awards: Math and Science for All

    Advertisement There has been quite a bit of debate over just how bad math and science education in the U.S. really is. If new recommendation…

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Where Are All the Math Teachers

    AdvertisementAs if things weren't bad enough for U.S. students in math and science classes, a new report coming out in the November 200…

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A Cipher from Poe Solved at Last

    AdvertisementSource: Bokler Software Edgar Allan Poe was fascinated by ciphers, going so far as to create a story, The Gold Bug, centered ar…

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Field-testing the Butterfly Ballot

    Advertisement Canadians first showed up their neighbors to the south this week when they finalized election results within a tidy 24 hours. …

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Held Back by a Golf Handicap?

    AdvertisementUnless you're Tiger Woods, your golf handicap may actually be holding you back. Indeed, although the U.S. Golf Association…

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Scientists Find Fourth Dimension in Plants

    AdvertisementOne of the biggest mysteries about living things is whygiven their vast diversitythey should all be built according to a simple…

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For All Creatures Great and Small, One Model Predicts Metabolic Rate

    AdvertisementThe branching veins in a hand are eerily akin to the spreading limbs of a treeand that basic pattern leads to a surprising vari…

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Casinos More Often Lead to Losses than to Economic Development

    AdvertisementAll that glitters is definitely not gold when it comes to casinos. In a special gambling issue of the journal Managerial and De…

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Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded for Analyses of Markets with Asymmetric Information

    AdvertisementAny number of markets are somewhat biased in that one side has more information than the other. For instance, borrowers know mo…

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Chance—Not Improved Skills—Explains Recent Record-Breaking in Sports

    AdvertisementThe results of a new study may distress athletes who spend countless hours training for their events in the hopes of smashing a…

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2002 Sci/Tech Web Awards: MATHEMATICS

    AdvertisementEric Weisstein's World of MathematicsThis site lives up to its billing as "The Web's Most Extensive Mathematics Resou…

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Mathematicians Prove Tetris Is Tough

    AdvertisementThe video game Tetris is one of the most popular computer games ever created, perhaps in part because its difficulty makes it a…

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Moons of Neptune: Giant Blue Planet's 1

    Fourteen moons orbit Neptune, including enigmatic Triton, which moves backward in its orbit.(Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist…

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NASA Chief Joins President Obama at White Ho

    Students, from left, Gaby Dempsey, 12, Kate Murray, 13, and Mackenzie Grewell, 13, read in the Red Room of the White House after setting up …

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Pathogenic Invasions: Changing Community Net

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the importance of understanding precisely how diseases spread throughout networks of transportation. Ho…

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Microsoft math: Multicore licensed as one ch

    Stay on top of the latest tech news with our free IT News Digest newsletter, delivered each weekday. Automatically sign up today!ByMartin La…

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The Drought Is Making the Klamath River’s B

    Photograph: Terray Sylvester/AlamyThis story originally appeared inHigh Country News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The vide…

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Netflix Adds Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpf

    HAYOUNG JEON/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockNetflix, in a move to bring more international representation to its board, named Axel Spring chairman …

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You Need to Weigh Some Water. All You’ve Go

    Photograph: Rhett AllainLet’s suppose you need to measure the mass of some water, and you want to construct a scale to do it. But you …

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2,218 years later, another "Eureka!" moment

    You probably know the Greek mathematician Archimedes as the guy who figured out how buoyancy worked, leapt from his bath yelling "Eureka!," …

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Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine

    Danny Hillis is best known for his Connection Machine, a massively parallel supercomputer that led to breakthroughs in computational science…

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Vampires Are Mathematically Impossible

    Costas Efthimiou, a researcher at the University of Central Florida, has the very cool job of debunking pseudoscientific myths. His latest c…

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Spore:The Buzz Begins

    I've wanted to play Will Wright's next game, Spore, for years.I first wrote about Spore way back in February 2007, proudly and nai…

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Madame Mathematics

    With all the beer and sports around here (just 10 more hours left to enter our contest!), it's getting a little testosterone-y. So I th…

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Spacetime Crystals: New Mathematical Formula

    A Penn State scientist studying crystal structures has developed a new mathematical formula that may solve a decades-old problem in understa…

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A Random Walk through the English Language

    Andrei Andreyevich Markov, the atheist (left) and Pavel Alekseevich Nekrasov, the believer (right). Credit: AlamyHeres a game Claude Shannon…

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Mathematical model developed to prevent botu

    The Clostridium botulinum bacterium (shown here in colonies) can cause foodborne illnesses and potentially deadly effects due to the neuroto…

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Sri Lanka level ODI series 1-1 despite James

    Sri Lanka's Amila Aponso, left, celebrates the dismissal of Australia's James Faulkner with Dinesh Chandimal during their second o…

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Mohammad Hafeez ‘refuses point blank’ to p

    Mohammad Hafeez in action against England during the fourth ODI at Sharjah. Gareth Copley / Getty ImagesPakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez is …

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Praise for Tharanga, Jayawardene as Sri Lank

    Upul Tharanga scored his 13th ODi century and reached his personal best as well.Sri Lanka took a step towards a place in the tri-series fina…

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'National duty' compels Angelo Mat

    Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, left, is leading a revival in Sri Lanka's fortunes on the field. AFPSri Lanka squad for tri-nation series…

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Collaboration controls killers

    IMAGE: From left: Xinying Zong, PhD; Yongqiang Feng, PhD; and Xiaolei Hao, PhD, all of St. Jude Immunology, are researching how effector an…

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