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Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficult
Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. (2019-01-17)
Scientist emphasizes importance of multi-level thinking
An unusual paper by Prof. Michael E. McIntyre from University of Cambridge touches on a range of deep questions, including insights into the nature of science itself, and of scientific understanding -- what it means to understand a scientific problem in depth -- and into the communication skills necessary to convey that understanding and to mediate collaboration across specialist disciplines. (2017-08-17)
Diagonal methods for expensive global optimization developed by Russian scientists
Russian scientists from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod have improved the method of global optimization by offering the so-called 'diagonal approach.' The goal of global optimization is essentially to search for optimal solutions in various areas of human activity. (2017-11-10)
Influence of technology acquisition on organizational performance studied in Iran
80 international companies from Iran were selected, and 320 respondents in key managerial positions were questioned. (2018-05-08)
140-year-old math problem solved by researcher
A problem which has defeated mathematicians for almost 140 years has been solved by a researcher at Imperial College London. (2008-03-03)
UQ study shines a light to understand the body's balance system
Finding out what's happening in the brains of people with balance disorders, such as vertigo, might be one step closer following new research on the vestibular system, which controls balance and movement. (2017-10-05)
Novel method for investigating pore geometry in rocks
In a fusion of mathematics and earth science, researchers in Japan proposed a novel method for characterizing pore geometry in rock, based on persistence diagram analysis and a newly proposed parameter, the distance parameter H. (2018-06-15)
Amazon rainforest may be more resilient to deforestation than previously thought
Taking a fresh look at evidence from satellite data, and using the latest theories from complexity science, researchers at the University of Bristol have provided new evidence to show that the Amazon rainforest is not as fragile as previously thought. (2017-05-30)
Countries with greater gender equality have lower percentage of female STEM graduates
Although women currently are well represented in life sciences, they continue to be underrepresented in inorganic sciences, such as computer science and physics. (2018-02-15)
Massive astrophysical objects governed by subatomic equation
Surprisingly, a quintessential equation of quantum mechanics emerges while studying astronomical disks of orbiting material. (2018-03-05)
The secret behind a choice cuppa or a perfect pint -- a mathematician
Professor William Lee shows how the science of math can aid the profits of industry. (2018-04-13)
Changing students' attitudes to mathematics improves test scores
A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. (2018-05-10)
Variations in seafloor create freak ocean waves
Florida State University researchers have found that abrupt variations in the seafloor can cause dangerous ocean waves known as rogue or freak waves -- waves so catastrophic that they were once thought to be the figments of seafarers' imaginations. (2019-02-01)
Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization
Lobachevsky University scientists are implementing a research project (2017-12-01)
Math can predict how cancer cells evolve
Applied mathematics can be a powerful tool in helping predict the genesis and evolution of different types of cancers, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. (2018-01-16)
Enrichment program boosts STEM for black students but leaves Latinos behind
In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, Cornell sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline -- in high school, when students' commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify. (2018-03-02)
Research rethinks the evolutionary importance of variability in a population
It's been long thought that variability within a population is key to population's growth and survival but new research questions that assumption. (2017-10-04)
'Mirror game' test could secure early detection of schizophrenia, study shows
A pioneering new study, led by experts from the University of Exeter in collaboration with partners from the Alterego FP7 EU project, has developed a new, 'mirror game' test using computer avatars to accurately detect specific variations in how patients move and interact socially -- well-documented characteristics of the mental disorder. (2017-02-01)
US educators awarded for exemplary teaching in mathematics
Janet Heine Barnett, Caren Diefenderfer, and Tevian Dray were named the 2017 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award winners by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for their teaching effectiveness and influence beyond their institutions. (2017-01-05)
Mathematics pushes innovation in 4-D printing
New mathematical results will provide a potential breakthrough in the design and the fabrication of the next generation of morphable materials. (2018-02-07)
Educational psychology: Finding the fun in maths
New work by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers on students' emotional attitudes to mathematics confirms that positive emotions and success at learning in math mutually reinforce each other. (2017-02-08)
Teacher-to-student knowledge transfer studied in joint Russia-Us effort
The field of studies is essential for both the scientific research and teacher education. (2017-11-09)
Statistical test relates pathogen mutation to infectious disease progression
Nucleic acid sequencing methods, which determine the order of nucleotides in DNA, are rapidly progressing. (2017-12-28)
Rare first moment of stellar explosion captured by amateur astronomer
An amateur astronomer testing his new camera captures the moment a supernova became visible in the night sky, which has helped an international team of researchers to test their theory about the beginning stages of a stellar explosion. (2018-02-22)
Problems in mechanics open the door to the orderly world of chaos
Despite the impression given in most mechanics texts, most non-trivial mechanics problems simply have no analytic solutions. (2016-08-22)
Early numeracy performance of young kids linked to specific math activities at home
New research finds links between certain math skills in young children and specific numerical activities undertaken at home with parents. (2018-03-22)
Even physicists are 'afraid' of mathematics
Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests. (2016-11-11)
Older dogs better at learning new tricks
Older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills including non-verbal reasoning more effectively than younger people, finds new UCL (University College London) research. (2016-11-04)
Developing tools to screen traumatic brain injury therapies
University of Houston biologist Amy Sater will be developing a model for studying traumatic brain injury, thanks to a two-year, $386,000 grant from the Robert J. (2016-04-22)
Surrey develops hepatitis C model that could help improve treatment
The University of Surrey has created a new mathematical model that details how the hepatitis C (HCV) infection develops and behaves more accurately than previous models. (2018-05-29)
Researchers want to know how early life affects the adult brain
The study found the visual environment that zebrafish grew up in affected their spontaneous brain activity and, in turn, affected their behavior and ability to catch prey. (2017-08-03)
Report examines origins and nature of 'math anxiety'
A report out today examines the factors that influence 'math anxiety' among primary and secondary school students, showing that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child's development of the condition, and that girls tend to be more affected than boys. (2019-03-13)
Authors of year's best books in mathematics honored
Prizes for the year's best books in mathematics were awarded to Ian Stewart and Tim Chartier by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Jan. (2017-01-05)
WSU mathematician breaks down how to defend against quantum computing attacks
WSU mathematician Nathan Hamlin is the author of a new paper that explains how a code he wrote for a doctoral thesis, the Generalized Knapsack Code, could thwart hackers armed with next generation quantum computers. (2017-02-28)
Prediction of large earthquakes probability improved
As part of the 'Research in Collaborative Mathematics' project run by the Obra Social 'la Caixa', researchers of the Mathematics Research Centre (CRM) and the UAB have developed a mathematical law to explain the size distribution of earthquakes, even in the cases of large-scale earthquakes such as those which occurred in Sumatra (2004) and in Japan (2011). (2017-01-30)
Mathematics and music: New perspectives on the connections between these ancient arts
World-leading experts on music and mathematics present insights on the connections between these two ancient arts, especially as they relate to composition and performance, as well as creativity, education, and geometry. (2016-10-11)
Kindergarteners' mathematics success hinges on preschool skills
In a study funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that preschoolers who better process words associated with numbers and understand the quantities associated with these words are more likely to have success with math when they enter kindergarten. (2016-08-04)
The mathematics of coffee extraction: Searching for the ideal brew
Composed of over 1,800 chemical components, coffee is one of the most widely-consumed drinks in the world. (2016-11-15)
Math model predicts cancer behavior
A team of Vanderbilt and University of Dundee scientists envisions a future when computer simulations will be used to predict a tumor's clinical progression and formulate individualized treatment plans. (2006-12-01)
Math 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 unfavorable environments? (2018-05-02)
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