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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world. However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels ... read more

New Model Could Solve Inventory Problem for Retailers

Feb. 1, 2016 — Inventory management has been the focus of three researchers for more than 10 years, Their latest study developed a new mathematical model to apply to inventory ... read more

Stepping Beyond Our 3D World

Jan. 18, 2016 — Over centuries, humans have tried to discover a Theory of Everything. Possible candidates for this cachet, such as String Theory and Grand Unified Theory, require higher dimensions or ... read more

Feral Cats: Computational Study Looks at How Best to Fix the Nuisance

Jan. 16, 2016 — The first computational model to track the size, location and nuisance of feral cat colonies has been developed by researchers. This issue concerns communities across the United States that hold some ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Understanding fractions is a critical mathematical ability, and yet it's one that continues to confound a lot of people well into adulthood. New research finds evidence for an innate ratio ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the ... read more

Traveling Salesman Uncorks Synthetic Biology Bottleneck

Jan. 5, 2016 — A computer program has been created that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world -- repetitive polypeptides. The freely available computer program based on the ... read more

New SIR-Network Model Helps Predict Dengue Fever Epidemic in Urban Areas

Dec. 23, 2015 — A new mathematical model has been introduced by experts, which offers a simplified approach to studying the spread of the infectious virus, Dengue fever, in urban areas, specifically breaking down ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — In our competitive global society, successful and economical design of automotive and industrial structures is crucial. Optimizing the geometry of individual pieces of complex machines improves ... read more

Grid Cells: Reading the Neural Code for Space

Dec. 18, 2015 — The cognitive map for spatial navigation is thought to rely on grid cells. Scientists ahave now put forward a mathematical theory that explains key grid-cell features and how these give rise to a ... read more

Darwin's Finches May Face Extinction

Dec. 18, 2015 — Mathematical simulations show parasitic flies may spell extinction for Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands, but that pest-control efforts might save the birds that helped inspire the ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — How do cybersecurity experts discover how to properly defend a system or build a network that's secure? As in other domains of science, this process involves hypothesis, experimentation, and ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Active surveillance could be a viable alternative to surgery and radiation for select patients with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, according to a mathematical ... read more

Understanding Body Language of Mice

Dec. 16, 2015 — Mouse behavior naturally divides into movement motifs lasting less than a second. These 'behavioral syllables' can be reused by the brain to achieve specific ... read more

Quantum Physics Problem Proved Unsolvable

Dec. 9, 2015 — A mathematical problem underlying fundamental questions in particle and quantum physics is provably unsolvable, according to scientists. It is the first major problem in physics for which such a ... read more

Online Game Reveals Something Fishy About Mathematical Models

Dec. 2, 2015 — How can you tell if your mathematical model is good enough? Researchers have now implemented a Turing test in the form of an online game (with over 1700 players) to assess how good their models were ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Explaining the complex structure of tropical forests is one of the great challenges in ecology. An issue of special interest is the distribution of different sizes of trees, something which is of ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A mathematics student has worked out the secrets of how chocolate behaves in a chocolate fountain, answering the age-old question of why the falling 'curtain' of chocolate surprisingly ... read more

Mathematical Modeling Can Help Predict Impact of Surgery on Cancer Metastasis

Nov. 24, 2015 — Mathematical models can provide useful clues about the impact of surgery on metastasis, and may help to predict the risk of cancer spread, scientists report. The scientists generated a mathematical ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A mathematical model has been developed to forecast metastatic breast cancer survival rates using techniques usually reserved for weather prediction, financial forecasting and surfing the ... read more

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