A University of Rochester study shows that baboons are able to understand numbers. Experimenters showed the monkeys peanut-filled cups and the monkeys then chose which cup contained more peanuts. Read more about the experiment and its conclusions...
Maybe math hasn't contributed much to improve your daily rest. (Or maybe, at times, it has.)
But while we don't understand all the reasons for why the human body even needs sleep, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York state are taking a new approach to understanding the science of sleep, using mathematics. The research includes mathematical models measuring how environmental, medical or physical changes to the human body affect sleep, in order to more fully understand the sleep-wake cycle.
In case there's still any recognizable trace of pending success left in your NCAA tournament bracket this year, here's a new angle to consider. Economists have presented findings supporting the idea that basketball refs may be biased in many of their calls. We've considered the possibility for a long time, but now, thanks to math, we have evidence!
While the world celebrated pi day over the weekend, you may have felt that your memorization skills could use some sharpening. Or maybe you just plan to outshine the competition in next March's pi recitation contests. Either way, take a look here to start practicing your digits, so you're not left embarrassed when someone asks you the question and you can only remember the first two places--anyone can do that.
A Yahoo article highlights six jobs which can quickly earn you $100K, and math skills are valuable to many of those listed. Take a look.
Kerry Whisnant, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and professor of physics at Iowa State University, may be on to something that will greatly impact team winning percentages. Mathematical models that he and other fanatic baseball statisticians have helped produce may accurately predict teams' successes. Whisnant and other members of the Society for American Baseball Research have analyzed baseball statistics, creating new theories about team success.
In 1966, a mid-air collision between a USAF B-52 bomber and an air refueling tanker off the coast of Spain caused more damage than the destroyed aircraft. The bomber carried four atomic bombs. Three were recovered soon afterward on land, but the fourth was nowhere to be found, and presumed to be at the bottom of the Mediterranean.
Dr. Larry Norton of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has noticed patterns in the way cancer spreads. He is advocating a higher degree of mathematical study for researchers who are delving into the disease.
Anyone who has spent time trying to solve a Rubik's Cube knows it can be frustrating. (How quickly you can turn order into chaos, never to return to order....) But with a little help from the makers of the cube, you might learn to do it. And quickly impress your friends.
For centuries, we humans have been building big bridges. And just when we thought we had the science and math figured out to span waterways most efficiently, we may be in for some new discoveries.
Matthew Gilbert, a structural engineer in the United Kingdom, with his team of researchers, has developed a numerical optimization program that could help us build large suspension bridges even more effectively. Read more from Science.
A math professor at Dartmouth College has found an interesting way to bring two of his interests--math and art--together. Using mathematical problem solving techniques, Daniel Rockmore is helping to detect art forgeries. Read the story from NPR.
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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.