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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

Collective Hum: Buzzing Midges Inspire New Swarm Theory

July 21, 2016 — A team of researchers based in Israel and the US has found a mathematical resemblance between swarm dynamics and gravitational interactions. The study could provide a big leap forward in ... read more

Should First-Year College Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Math Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead?

June 24, 2016 — Policies placing first-year college students assessed as needing remedial math directly into college-level quantitative courses, with additional support, can increase student success, according to a ... read more

New Statistical Approach Will Help Researchers Better Determine Cause-Effect

June 21, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new statistical technique that can help scientists determine causation of effects they are studying. This method can help scientists advance research that otherwise would ... read more

June 21, 2016 — An international team of scientists has developed a relatively simple mathematical explanation for the rogue ocean waves that can develop seemingly out of nowhere to sink ships and overwhelm oil ... read more

A Mathematical Analysis of Urban Traffic Models Clarifies Dispute Over Which Approach Is Best

June 17, 2016 — A long-running debate among traffic engineers has been resolved by researchers who have discovered that two seemingly very different models of traffic flow in cities actually have similar underlying ... read more

Why People Help Distant Kin

June 15, 2016 — Natural selection favors people who help close kin at their own expense: It can increase the odds the family’s genes are passed to future generations. But why assist distant relatives? Mathematical ... read more

June 15, 2016 — Although math skills are considered notoriously hard to improve, researchers boosted kindergarteners’ arithmetic performance simply by exercising their intuitive number sense with a quick computer ... read more

Why Teaching Math Is Child's Play

June 14, 2016 — The natural process of teaching mathematics to one another gives kids the chance to explore and construct a deeper understanding of their social and physical worlds, a new study ... read more

Improving Math in Sixth Graders

June 14, 2016 — Sixth grade students with lower mathematical ability perform better on complex arithmetic problems if they write down their ... read more

New Mathematics Accurately Captures Liquids, Surfaces Moving in Synergy

June 10, 2016 — A new mathematical framework allows researchers to capture fluid dynamics coupled to interface motion at unprecedented detail. The framework, called "interfacial gauge methods" rewrites the ... read more

Modeling the Correct Doses for Disease-Fighting Drugs

June 8, 2016 — In treating diseases with drugs, dosing is critical; too little is ineffective, while too much can be lethal. New research takes a mathematical approach to achieving optimal dosing for various ... read more

Walking, Talking Behaviors May Help Predict Epidemics, Trends

June 6, 2016 — Mobile phone data may reveal an underlying mathematical connection between how we move and how we communicate that could make it easier to predict how diseases -- and even ideas -- spread through a ... read more

Mystery of the Initial Mass Function Solved

June 6, 2016 — For the first time, scientists used methods of network science to solve a fundamental astrophysical problem -- explaining the so-called 'initial mass function', a distribution of stars by ... read more

June 2, 2016 — In 1998 scientists Richard Bader and Carlo Gatti proposed a mathematical model, describing the distribution of delocalized electrons in molecules. Now new research is the first to confirm the ... read more

Calculating the Mechanics of a Rough Sphere

May 31, 2016 — A transatlantic team of researchers explain the creation of a simulation model that can help scientists mathematically correct for any errors related to a sphere's roughness. Scientists have ... read more

First 3-D Mathematical Model of Uterine Contractions Created

May 31, 2016 — Although researchers have been seeking the origins of preterm birth for many years, the causes are still relatively unknown. By studying the electrical activity that causes contractions, researchers ... read more

May 31, 2016 — Children from age 4 can become robot programmers rather than waiting for the higher years in schooling, says an education ... read more

40-Year Math Mystery and Four Generations of Figuring

May 25, 2016 — In 1977, Princeton mathematician Paul Seymour made a conjecture about certain large graphs. Nearly 40 years later, mathematicians have come up with a proof he was right. The conjecture is 13 words ... read more

Scientists Create Computational Tool for Greater Understanding of Metabolic Network

May 20, 2016 — Researchers present the first genome-scale reconstruction of the C. elegans metabolic network and show that scientists can use mathematical simulation to convert bacterial diet into C. elegans ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Using the same mathematical framework as the Rochester Cloak, researchers have been able to use flat screen displays to extend the range of angles that can be hidden from view. Their method lays out ... read more

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