Posts Tagged Mathematics

Interesting facts #38…

Googol, Googolplex & Google So there is this extremely large number with a funny name that looks something like this: It’s a mathematical term to describe a huge quantity and not an incorrect spelling for the search engine ‘Google’. Read all about it here: https://www.livescience.com/31981-googol.html Advertisements

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The 10 Weirdest Science Stories of 2018…

With the likes of space adventures, wildlife weirdness, and folks who tried to prove that the earth is flat, 2018 treated us with quite a few strange science events… Read the top 10 here at LiveScience.com: https://www.livescience.com/64382-strangest-news-2018.html

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week…

Space, health, dinosaurs, and mathematics are just a few of the topics covered in this week’s interesting science news articles from LiveScience.com… Read the articles here: https://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

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Geometry Has a New Shape. Meet the ‘Scutoid.’…

(from LiveScience.com) Our world is made up of elegant shapes — there’s the square, the rectangle, the sphere, the prism and many more. But sometimes, these shapes don’t quite fit nature’s game board. Sometimes, you also need a “scutoid.” Read all about the scutoid here: https://www.livescience.com/63207-scutoid-new-shape-nature.html

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Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction…

Summary: Scientists have analyzed significant changes in the carbon cycle over the last 540 million years, including the five mass extinction events. They have identified ‘thresholds of catastrophe’ in the carbon cycle that, if exceeded, would lead to an unstable environment, and ultimately, mass extinction… Read about this research update at sciencedaily.com: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170920182116.htm

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Interesting facts #18…

Here are some interesting facts from Livescience.com,  all about the number zero. Read about it here: Who Invented Zero?

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Happy ‘Pi’ Day to everyone… 

(From piday.org) Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159…  Read all about here: www.piday.org Read more about Pi Day at Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

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Mathematical algorithms calculate social behavior… 

Summary:  For a long time, mathematical modelling of social systems and dynamics was considered in the realm of science fiction. But predicting, and at once influencing human behavior is well on its way to becoming reality. Scientists are currently developing the appropriate tools. This will allow them to simulate and improve security at major events […]

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New theory debunks consensus that math abilities are innate… 

Summary:  A new theory regarding how the brain first learns basic math could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math learning disabilities. Now researchers offer a better understanding of how, when and why people grasp every day math skills…  Full article at ScienceDaily.com: New theory debunks consensus that math abilities are innate

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‘Pi’ – Celebrating an Irrational Number (from news.nationalgeographic.com)…

The number “pi” is celebrated the world over on March 14 every year, but what made this year’s observance particularly significant?  –  Pi Day of the Century Related articles: Pi (Wikipedia) – Pi (WolframMathworld) (image below from news.nationalgeographic.com – The number Pi to 33 decimal places)

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Modeling cancer: Researchers prove models can predict cellular processes…

from sciencedaily.com:  Modeling cancer… Summary: Mathematical models to predict the dynamics of cell transitions have been developed by researchers who compared their results with actual measurements of activity in cell populations. The results could inform efforts to treat cancer patients…

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Mathematical Patterns in Sea Ice Reveal Melt Dynamics…

“Sea ice has declined rapidly in the past decade; in the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice was at its lowest recorded levels, below even what climate models predicted… Sea ice is not only a very sensitive leading indicator of climate change, but it’s also a key player… in Earth’s climate system… White sea ice […]

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Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies…

From ScienceDaily.com “The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence of complex states in the ancient world” See full article below: Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex […]

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