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Study illuminates the brain's inner workings
'We're using computational modeling to investigate the inner workings of the brain,' says Sarah Muldoon, Ph.D., University at Buffalo assistant professor of mathematics. (2019-04-03)
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)
Probability of catastrophic geomagnetic storm lower than estimated
According to a group of mathematics researchers, the probability in the following decade of the sun causing a storm strong enough to affect electrical and communication infrastructures around the globe 'only' reaches 1.9 percent maximum. (2019-03-12)
Symmetry, a resource that children spontaneously use to draw the plant world
Children love to draw and when they draw they portray the reality they see and know. (2019-02-06)
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)
What atoms do when liquids and gases meet
From the crest of a wave in the sea to the surface of a glass of water, there are always small fluctuations in density at the point where the air comes in contact with a liquid. (2019-01-24)
White math teachers treat students differently in predominantly black schools
White math teachers in predominantly black middle schools are more likely to respond negatively to students' behavioral or academic issues - and this may have long-term negative consequences for student performance, according to a Rutgers-led study that highlights the need to recruit more black teachers. (2019-01-24)
Scientists reconstruct ancient lost plates under Andes mountains
In a paper published in the journal Nature, geologists from the University of Houston demonstrate the reconstruction of the subduction of the Nazca Ocean plate, the remnants of which are currently found down to 1,500 kilometers, or about 900 miles, below the Earth's surface. (2019-01-23)
Illinois team helping to unravel the mysteries of the hagfish's slimy defense
The hagfish dates back at least 300 million years. The secret of survival for these eel-like sea creatures can be found in the rate and volume of slime it produces to fend off predators. (2019-01-22)
Social media privacy is in the hands of a few friends
New research has revealed that people's behavior is predictable from the social media data of as few as eight or nine of their friends. (2019-01-21)
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)
Puzzle solving in school-level mathematics studied in cross-regional project
The research has proven that pupils who engage in puzzle solving consistently show higher aptitude in IQ tests. (2018-12-13)
Slicing optical beams: Cryptographic algorithms for quantum networks
The mathematical models can be used not only for quantum networks and authentication but also for full-scale quantum computing. (2018-12-13)
Kindergarten difficulties may predict academic achievement across primary grades
Identifying factors that predict academic difficulties during elementary school should help inform efforts to help children who may be at risk. (2018-11-19)
Cells decide when to divide based on their internal clocks
The time of day, determined by a cell's internal clock, has a stronger influence on cell division than previously thought, reveals a new study. (2018-11-16)
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots
Researchers at CU Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts. (2018-11-05)
Merging mathematical and physical models toward building a more perfect flying vehicle
When designing flying vehicles, there are many aspects of which we can be certain but there are also many uncertainties. (2018-10-19)
Proposed simple chemical reaction network of existing biological E. coli signaling data
Apparently, bacteria do not care about math and they do not have in their curricula a calculus course. (2018-10-03)
Russian and German physicists developed a mathematical model of trapped atoms and ions
Physicists from RUDN, JINR (Dubna), and the University of Hamburg (Germany) developed a mathematical model for describing physical processes in hybrid systems that consists of atoms and ions cooled down to temperatures close to absolute zero. (2018-09-13)
Unravelling the reasons why mass extinctions occur
University of Leicester research could help to predict approaching ecological catastrophes. (2018-09-06)
BRICS countries catching up with EU and US in publication activity, according to Scopus
Experts from the Higher Schoolf of Ecohomics reviewed the BRICS countries' research landscape using the 2000-2015 data from the Scopus citation database and found academic activity in BRICS to be growing at a fast pace and catching up with that of the EU countries and the US. (2018-09-05)
Think pink for a better view of climate change
A new study says pink noise may be the key to separating out natural climate variability from climate change that is influenced by human activity. (2018-09-04)
Math shows how human behavior spreads infectious diseases
Mathematics can help public health workers better understand and influence human behaviors that lead to the spread of infectious disease, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-08-16)
New research predicts landslide boundaries two weeks before they happen
University of Melbourne researchers have developed a software tool that uses applied mathematics and big data analytics to predict the boundary of where a landslide will occur, two weeks in advance. (2018-08-15)
MIT mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery
It's nearly impossible to break a dry spaghetti noodle into only two pieces. (2018-08-13)
Real-time foot-and-mouth strategy to better fight disease
Future outbreaks of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease can be combatted quickly and efficiently from early on -- when authorities have minimal information -- thanks to a new real-time strategy, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. (2018-07-31)
Epithelial cells adopt a new geometric shape so that tissue can curve
This finding allows organs to acquire very complex yet very stable shapes. (2018-07-27)
A scientific study characterises our circles of friendships
The organisation of our friendships is guided to a large degree by our cognitive capacity when it comes to managing them, that is, by the amount of time and mental effort we can devote to them. (2018-07-23)
City size plays crucial role in migration patterns
People from smaller cities are more likely to migrate than people from larger cities, according to a new study by UCL academics. (2018-07-06)
Swimming bacteria work together to go with the flow
Swimming bacteria can reduce the viscosity of ordinary liquids like water and make them flow more easily, sometimes down to the point where the viscosity becomes zero: the flow is then frictionless. (2018-07-04)
A bright light in a dark room
Engineers work in quantifiable realism -- an object exists and can be measured. (2018-06-26)
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)
Block play could improve your child's math skills, executive functioning
Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills - mathematics and executive functioning - critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new study by Purdue University researchers. (2018-06-12)
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)
Physicists with green fingers estimate tree spanning rate in random networks
In a new study published in EPJ B, Fei Ma from Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China, and colleagues calculate the total number of spanning trees in randomly expanding networks. (2018-05-22)
New computational strategy designed for more personalized cancer treatment
Mathematicians and cancer scientists have found a way to simplify complex biomolecular data about tumors, in principle making it easier to prescribe the appropriate treatment for a specific patient. (2018-05-14)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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