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A Modest Proposal: Let’s Change Earth’s Orbit

    Credit: Getty ImagesDuring a congressional hearing last week, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas asked a U.S. Forest Service o…

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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

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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

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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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The Aftermath of Binary Neutron Star Mergers

    Schematic representation of binary neutron star merger outcomes. Panels A and B: Two neutron stars merge as the emission of gravitational wa…

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Physicists have built a mathematical 'p

    Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public DomainIn a new study from Skoltech and the University of Kentucky, researchers have found a new connection betwee…

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Intuition Often Lets Us Down – How To Use P

    When it comes to situations like waiting for a bus, our intuition is often wrong, says Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams.Much of our think…

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Physicists have built a mathematical 'p

    Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public DomainIn a new study from Skoltech and the University of Kentucky, researchers have found a new connection betwee…

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Biophysics Researchers Create Mathematical M

    Researchers have developed a mathematical model that can predict the optimum exercise regime for building muscle.The researchers, from the U…

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Physicists have built a mathematical 'p

    Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public DomainIn a new study from Skoltech and the University of Kentucky, researchers have found a new connection betwee…

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