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When People Are as Predictable as Water
With Simon DeDeo on cosmic microwaves and crime.

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The Costs of Building Pop Culture Structures
From Death Star to Hogwarts, pop culture structures are as every bit iconic as the characters. How much would they cost to build in real life? We estimate the costs of five iconic structures.

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Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality
Is our reality, including its forces and particles, based on the strange properties of numbers with eight dimensions called "octonions"? A physicist thinks so, having found a way to expand 40yearold research to reach surprising new directions. First, a brief history of numbers.

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How to win at poker? Today's players turn to math theory
Bluffing still matters, but the best players now depend on math theory.

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Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse with Math
A mathematical equation reveals there is just one way to stop a zombie apocalypse, and that is with human intervention. Apparently, humans can't coexist with the walking dead, says a mathematician.

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The maths that saw the US shutdown coming
For Peter Turchin, a mathematical ecologist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the standoff was predictable. He is one of a small group of people applying the mathematics of complex systems to political instability. They have been anticipating events just like this – and they say that if we don't find some way to respond to the warning signs and change course, things are bound to get a lot worse before they get better.

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Why Guessing Your Romantic Partner Is So Important to Facebook
This week, with a paper published on the online academic research site ArXiv.org, Backstrom revealed one of the recent fruits of his labor: an experimental algorithm that analyzes your personal network of friends, seeking to identify your strongest relationships. Developed alongside his former Cornell thesis adviser, Jon Kleinberg, the algorithm is strong enough to independently identity your spouse or romantic partner and even predict when you’re headed for a breakup.

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How I faced my fears and learned to be good at math
You might think the principal coder behind PolitiFact took naturally to math. You'd be wrong.

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Science confirms: Politics wrecks your ability to do math
Everybody knows that our political views can sometimes get in the way of thinking clearly. But perhaps we don’t realize how bad the problem actually is. According to a new psychology paper, our political passions can even undermine our very basic reasoning skills.

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Shanghai teens top international education ranking, OECD says
When it comes to mathematics, reading and science, young people in Shanghai are the best in the world, according to a global education survey released Tuesday.

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Simple Fractals
Really simple fractals implemented in JS.

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Rolling – Futility Closet
Interesting geometric result

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Math Gems
An assortment of mathematical marvels.

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$3 Million Prizes Will Go to Mathematicians, Too
Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur, philanthropist and selfdescribed “failed physicist” who made a splash two years ago when he began handing out lavish cash awards to scientists, is expanding the universe of his largess again: He and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook announced Thursday night that they would begin handing out $3 million awards to mathematicians.

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Polynesian people used binary numbers 600 years ago
Base2 system helped to simplify calculations centuries before Europeans rediscovered it.

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Famous Math Professor Says Zuckerberg's $3 Million Math Prize Is NOT A Good Idea
On Friday, billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner announced a new $3 million prize for mathematics known as the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. This is the third such prize that the Valley's elite have created.

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Simple, quick, and interesting math
You'll get the same number no matter what you start with.

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One number unites anything that flies or swims
There are similarities in the way a bird flies through the air and a dolphin swims through the water. And yet how do you compare the flap of a butterfly to the enormous movement of a blue whale? The best way, it turns out, is with their respective Strouhal Numbers.

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A Most Profound Math Problem
To postulate that P ≠ NP is to allow for a world of mystery, difficulty, and frustration—but also of discovery and inquiry

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Beautiful, AlienLooking ‘Fabergé Fractals’
Web developer Tom Beddard has created a gorgeous series of fractals using his WebGLbased fractal engine, Fractal Lab. Titled ‘Fabergé Fractals’, Beddard’s work looks like a beautiful, mesmerizing cross between Fabergé Eggs and alien technology.

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Is the Universe Made of Math?
In this excerpt from his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, M.I.T. professor Max Tegmark explores the possibility that math does not just describe the universe, but makes the universe

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Am I Going To Die This Year? A Mathematical Puzzle
A few years ago, physicist Brian Skinner asked himself: What are the odds I will die in the next year? He was 25. What got him wondering about this, I have no idea, but, hey, it's something everybody asks. When I can't wedge my dental floss between my two front teeth, I ask it, too. So Brian looked up the answer — there are tables for this kind of thing — and what he discovered is interesting. Very interesting. Even mysterious.

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Pi is Beautiful  Numberphile
Math and art may appear like two disparate fields, but they’ve been in conversation for millennia. One recent example of the synergistic possibilities between the two comes from Canadian scientists Christian Ilies Vasile and Martin Kryzwinski. The pair have utilized the data visualization software Circos to create beautiful and colorful visual representations of mathematical constants π (pi), φ (phi), and eusing transition probabilities and colorcoded digits on Archimedean spirals.

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Kazakh mathematician may have solved $1 million puzzle
Mathematics may be a universal language but a possible proof of a fiendish problem is proving hard to evaluate – partly because it isn't written in English.

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The wheel paradox that stumped Aristotle and Galileo
Not everyone agrees that Aristotle invented this little paradox, but everyone agrees that it would be just like him to come up with something like this. The paradox involves two differentsized wheels, one inside another. Think of the edge of your tire and the edge of the hubcap. The two rotate in sync, and they rotate over a certain distance. But should they rotate over the same distance?

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Progress on the Twin Primes Conjecture
Last week, Yitang “Tom” Zhang, a popular math professor at the University of New Hampshire, stunned the world of pure mathematics when he announced that he had proven the “bounded gaps” conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers—a crucial milestone on the way to the even more elusive twin primes...

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Monte Carlo Simulations, Fibonacci Numbers, and Other Number Tests: Why Developers Still Need The Basics
Perhaps you encountered these in math classes or an elective in your CompSci degree, and think they’re just “theoretically” interesting. (Or not.) But, Tom Henderson argues, these have relevance to the real world of programming too.

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Hexaflexagons
Vi Hart's fantastic video on hexaflexagons (part one). A link to part two is in the related links.

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After 400 years, mathematicians find a new class of solid shapes
The work of the Greek polymath Plato has kept millions of people busy for millennia. A few among them have been mathematicians…

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Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music
People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.

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No math gene: Learning mathematics takes practice
New research shows that if you want to be good at math, you have to practice all different kinds of mathematics.

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Von NeumannDay problem: Vexing math problem finds an elegant solution
A famous math problem that has vexed mathematicians for decades has finally met an elegant solution. Mathematicians have now described a geometric solution for the von NeumannDay problem, first described by mathematician John von Neumann in 1929.

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To Settle Infinity Question, a New Law of Mathematics  Simons Foundation
To determine the nature of infinity, mathematicians face a choice between two new logical axioms. What they decide could help shape the future of mathematical truth.

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The problem with p values: how significant are they, really?
For researchers there’s a lot that turns on the p value, the number used to determine whether a result is statistically significant. The current consensus is that if p is less than .05, a study has reached…

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Dara O'Briain School of Hard Sums First Episode
Great mathematics show!