Math

  1. NASA image from "Hidden Figures"
    Math

    Hidden Figures highlights three black women who were vital to the U.S. space program

    "Hidden Figures" tells the untold story of the "human computers" who were essential to the launch of the U.S. space program.

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  2. cat with abacus
    Animals

    Animals give clues to the origins of human number crunching

    Guppies, dogs, chickens, crows, spiders — lots of animals have number sense without knowing numbers.

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  3. kilogram standards
    Physics

    Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

    New units based on fundamental properties of the universe will make measurements more precise.

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  4. Shayan Oveis Gharan
    Computing

    Shayan Oveis Gharan finds the shortest route to success

    Theoretical computer scientist Shayan Oveis Gharan has identified connections between unrelated fields to tackle the traveling salesman problem.

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  5. sunrise
    Math

    Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind

    Metaculus.com asks people to make predictions about the likelihood of future events.

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  6. lawyer presenting evidence to a jury
    Math

    Courts’ use of statistics should be put on trial

    Bayesian statistics offer a useful tool for avoiding fallacies in legal reasoning.

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  7. dice
    Computing

    New technique produces real randomness

    A new technique makes it easier for computers to roll the dice.

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  8. Math

    Despite misuses, statistics still has solid foundation

    In "The Seven Pillars of Statistics Wisdom," Stephen Stigler lays out the basic principles of statistics.

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  9. equations for circuitry of electronic combination lock
    Math

    Claude Shannon’s information theory built the foundation for the digital era

    Claude Shannon, born 100 years ago, devised the mathematical representation of information that made the digital era possible.

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  10. monarchs
    Animals

    Math models predict mysterious monarch navigation

    Researchers have come up with a series of equations to predict how monarchs use their eyes and antennae to figure out how to get to Mexico.

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  11. prime numbers
    Math

    Mathematicians find a peculiar pattern in primes

    Consecutive prime numbers don’t behave as randomly as mathematicians assumed.

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  12. Math

    Experts issue warning on problems with P values

    A report from the American Statistical Association warns against misinterpretation and misuse of a common statistical test.

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