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Monday, April 14, 2014

**Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie** - Mathematicians have counted how many ways there are to knot a tie and you won't believe how many there are!

Full Story... -*phys.org*

Monday, April 7, 2014

**Model predicts growth, death of membership-based websites** - Social networks are popular, but do they have a limited lifespan?

Full Story... -* Science Daily*

Monday, March 31, 2014

**In the End, It All Adds Up to – 1/12** - What if all time and infinity added up to a negative number....?

Full Story... -* The New York Times*

Monday, March 24, 2014

**Traffic Jams Make Cities Splinter into Subcenters** - A new model explains the evolution of cities and their suburbs.

Full Story... -* Scientific American*

Monday, March 17, 2014

**The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence** - The number of thinking machines is growing exponentially.

Full Story... -* The Atlantic*

Monday, March 10, 2014

**Ancient Times Table Hidden in Chinese Bamboo Strips** - The 2,300-year-old matrix is the world's oldest decimal multiplication table.

Full Story... -* Scientific American*

Monday, March 3, 2014

**Canuck tech whiz nabs two sci-tech Academy Awards** - Software engineer with uWaterloo mathematics degree recognized for creating movie magic.

Full Story... -* CP24*

Monday, February 24, 2014

**Simple Mathematical Formula Describes Human Struggles** - Would you believe that a broad range of human struggles can be understood using a mathematical formula?

Full Story... -* Science Daily*

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

** BYU's smart object recognition algorithm doesn't need humans** - Highly accurate system learns to decipher images on its own.

Full Story... -* Brigham Young University*

Monday, February 10, 2014

** How math helps stop oil spills and plane crashes** - Using math to make difficult decisions about risk.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, February 3, 2014

** Some Polynesian islanders combined binary and decimal math** - A hybrid system combines the compactness of base 10 with the simplicity of the two-digit base 2.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, January 27, 2014

** Bringing mathematical modelling into the operating room** - A University of Waterloo PhD student is helping develop math algorithms being used by surgeons operating working on infants.

Full Story... -* The Record*

Monday, January 20, 2014

** How statistics can help cure cancer** - Some of the best minds in medical research are working to understand one of the world’s biggest killers. They're not all doctors, chemists, and biologists.

Full Story... -* BBC News*

Thursday, January 9, 2014

** Physical finance** - What's a theoretical physicist doing with mathematics in the financial world?

Full Story... -* Plus Magazine*

Monday, December 16, 2013

** CT and 3-D Printers Used to Recreate Dinosaur Fossils** -Just like Gutenberg's printing press opened the world of books to the public, digital datasets and 3-D prints of fossils may now be distributed more broadly.

Full Story... -* Science Daily*

Monday, December 9, 2013

** A vexing math problem finds an elegant solution** - Professor and graduate student provide a geometric solution to the von Neumann-Day problem.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, December 2, 2013

**Computer Searches Web 24/7 to Analyze Images and Teach Itself Common Sense** - A computer program is doing its best to understand millions of images from the internet, gathering common sense on a massive scale.

Full Story... -* Science Daily*

Monday, November 25, 2013

**The Coach Who Never Punts** - A high school coach is using statistics to change the way football is played.

Full Story... -* grantland.com*

Monday, November 18, 2013

**CSIRO software monitors Twitter to guide emergency services to fires** - Breakthrough innovation uses eyewitness accounts on social media to map and respond to new outbreaks.

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Monday, November 11, 2013

**Are you ready to retire? Mathematical models estimate the value of pension plans** - Using a mathematical model and partial differential equations to find your opportune retirement age.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, November 4, 2013

**Tying Light In Knots** - Knot theory may prove to be useful in unraveling the mysteries of light.

Full Story... -* Scientific American*

Monday, October 28, 2013

**Saving digital art from an early death at the ZKM museum** - A German museum's quest to save art created using obsolete technologies.

Full Story... -* BBC*

Monday, October 21, 2013

**Quantum Computers: Trust Is Good, Proof Is Better** - Can we just assume that quantum computers will always give us correct outputs? How can we test their reliability?

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

**The maths that saw the US shutdown coming** - Can a new mathematical model predict the endgame of empires?

Full Story... -* New Scientist*

Monday, October 7, 2013

**Accurate Computer Model of RNA Tetraloop** - Researchers develop a computational model that helps scientists to
visualize RNA structures and speed up experiments.

Full Story... -* Science News*

Monday, September 30, 2013

**What are Maxwell's Equations?** - How a Scottish physicist formulated the equations that showed us how to electrify the world.

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Monday, September 23, 2013

**Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human.** - Robots capable of social interaction and experiential learning are
being built and studied around the world.

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Monday, September 16, 2013

**Plants Perform Molecular Mathematics** - Can your violet do arithmetic?

Full Story... -* Scientific American*

Monday, September 9, 2013

**Computer program replicates artist sketches** - Disney research has computers replicating abstract portraits.

Full Story... -* BBC*

Monday, July 29, 2013

**Statistics and Magnetic Socks Shape Modern Tae Kwon Do** - Can statistics reshape our understanding of this martial art?

Full Story... -* Scientific American*

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

**Closing the gap between primes** - Online collaborators are continually improving a celebrated recent result about twin primes.

Full Story... -* New Scientist*

Monday, June 24, 2013

**Tasty use of 3D printing** - Will Nasa be successful in printing food for its astronauts?

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Monday, June 17, 2013

**One million dollar prize** - Big money is at stake in the search for the solution to a problem harder than proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

Full Story... -* nature.com*

Monday, June 10, 2013

**Cells as living calculators** - Engineers used bacterial cells to compute logarithms, divide and take square roots.

Full Story... -* MITnews*

Monday, June 3, 2013

**Internet content is looking for you** - Search engines can use much more than what you type in the box.

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Monday, May 27, 2013

**Math to combat natural catastrophes** - Mathematical models can help prepare authorities for earthquakes and tsunamis.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, May 20, 2013

**'Pride and Prejudice' as a game theory textbook** - Did Jane Austin use game theory in her 1800s classic novel long before its military applications in the Cold War?

Full Story... -* New Scientist*

Monday, May 13, 2013

**Predicting box office success** - The "reigning mad scientist of Hollywood" uses statistics to
analyze film scripts and calculate how likely a movie will be a hit.

Full Story... -* New York Times*

Monday, April 29, 2013

**Is mathematics discovered or invented?** - The answer is worth a fortune.

Full Story... -* New Scientist*

Monday, April 22, 2013

**And the 2013 Abel Prize goes to ...** - Belgian Pierre Deligne, who proved a deep conjecture about algebra and geometry.

Full Story... -* Nature*

Monday, April 15, 2013

**Why wasn't there a class like this when I was an undergraduate?** - The mathematics of card tricks.

Full Story... -* Phys.org*

Monday, April 8, 2013

**Opening Day - Play Ball** - Using mathematical models to predict the outcome of the Major League Baseball season.

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Monday, March 25, 2013

**The American Supreme Court should learn statistics.** - "the act of citing statistical factoids is not the same thing as drawing sound inferences from them"

Full Story... -* NY Times*

Monday, March 18, 2013

**Astronomy Picture of the Day** - Astronomy needs math right? Not what you would expect.

Full Story... -* NASA*

Monday, March 11, 2013

**Warm weather is coming** - Really warm weather. A different use for a hockey stick.

Full Story... -* Mother Jones*

Monday, March 4, 2013

**Gender Bias in Mathematics** - Thought provoking and bluntly expressed. And very important.

Full Story... -* mathbabe*

Monday, February 25, 2013

**The Wondrous Mathematics of Winter** - Winter is the Platonist’s season.

Full Story... -* The New Yorker*

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

**A new Mersenne prime** - Big. Really big.

Full Story... -* Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS)*

Monday, February 11, 2013

**On this day in 1897** - In the Indiana General Assembly a bill was introduced to legislate the value of pi.

Full Story... -* Wikipedia*

Monday, February 4, 2013

**AlgoRythmics** - This is different. Sorting algorithms in folk dance.

Full Story... -* Youtube*

Monday, January 28, 2013

**Staying on key** - Just look at the picture – a Bengalese Finch with headphones.

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Monday, January 21, 2013

**Mathematics and what it means to be human** - Few intoxicants are as dangerous to a mathematician as an audience of laypeople willingly listening to a math lecture.

Full Story... -* The Chronicle of Higher Education*

Monday, January 14, 2013

**The International Year of Statistics** - So exactly what is statistics and why do I care?

Full Story... -* statistics2013*

Monday, January 7, 2013

**The Mathematics of Planet earth** - Chaos in the solar system. Eradicating disease. Aging the earth. And so much more.

Full Story... -* mpe2013*

Monday, December 17, 2012

**Newton, the Man** - Isaac Newton, a posthumous child bom with no father on Christmas Day, 1642, was the last wonderchild to whom the Magi could do sincere and appropriate homage.

Full Story... -* University of St. Andrews, Scotland*

Monday, November 26, 2012

**What, precisely, does a field of sunflowers have to do with mathematics and the centenary of Alan Turing's birth?** - 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, …?

Full Story... -* BBC*

Monday, November 19, 2012

**Should Alice marry Bob?** - And what does this have to do with Math class?

Full Story... -* The Spectator*

Monday, November 12, 2012

**Ancient air-conditioning** - After 4000 years, we might understand why mediterranean courtyards are cool.

Full Story... - *ScienceDaily*

Monday, November 5, 2012

**An American election means polls everyday.** - When do the polls get it right?

Full Story... -* phys.org*

Monday, October 29, 2012

**One problem, six years …** - and it was computer assisted using proof, not numeric computation.

Full Story... -* phys.org*

Monday, October 22, 2012

**The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of** - "few can match the depths of her perverse and unmerited obscurity."

Full Story... -* NY Times*

Monday, October 15, 2012

**As simple as abc** - If Mochizuki’s proof is correct, it will be one of the most astounding achievements of mathematics of the twenty-first century.

Full Story... -* Nature*

Monday, September 10, 2012

**Mathematics and Democracy** - It's not often mathematics makes the op-ed pages.

Full Story... -* The Mathematical Association of America*

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

**Just how hard is it to make an Olympic flag out of a single piece of string?** - Harder than you think. But it has just been done.

Full Story... -* InsideHalton.com*

Monday, July 9, 2012

**How shopping overwhelms mathematical reasoning** - Will that be 33% more coffee or 33% less for a cup?

Full Story... -* The Atlantic*

Monday, June 11, 2012

**Paradigm shift** - Baseball has always been a game of numbers, but a new use of statistics is changing the game.

Full Story... -* The Economist*

Monday, May 28, 2012

**Traffic jams?** - Better queue management may mean less gridlock.

Full Story... -* The Register*

Monday, March 19, 2012

**A different take on graphic novels.** - What do Kurt Vonnegut and the xy-axes have in common?

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

**FFT stands for...?.** - And why everyone will care.

Full Story... -* Fast Company*

Monday, February 6, 2012

**Bad, just plain bad.** - How mathematics can help you make really bad music.

Full Story... -* Gizmodo*

Monday, January 23, 2012

**The unplanned impact of mathematics** - What do a nineteenth century Irish mathematician and Lara Croft have in common?

Full Story... -* Nature*

Friday, January 6, 2012

**The Alan Turing Year** - A celebration of the life and work of Alan Turing in the year of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Full Story... -* Turing Centenary*

Friday, December 23, 2011

**Christmas Day, 1642** - [Newton] was the last of the magicians ...

Full Story... -* The MacTutor History of Mathematics*

Monday, December 12, 2011

**Secrets that lie beneath ...** - The Archimedes Palimpsest recovered.

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Monday, November 28, 2011

**Your brain and math anxiety ...** - Just relaaaax.

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Monday, November 14, 2011

**Now that the human population has just passed 7 billion humans ...** - How do we put 7 billion people in perspective?

Full Story... -* CBC*.ca

Friday, October 28, 2011

**The trigonometry or tortellini** - A poetic paean to pasta.

Full Story... -* MacLeans.ca*

Thursday, September 15, 2011

**A world built on numbers** - Just where did our complete dependence on numbers come from?

Full Story... -* The National Post*

Friday, August 5, 2011

**Sit up! Don't slouch!** - How comfortable are you with your computer acting as drill sergeant?

Full Story... -* ScienceDaily*

Monday, June 20, 2011

**Phones and trees?** - Trees are used extensively in computer science, but here computer science identifies trees.

Full Story... -* MMA*

Monday, May 30, 2011

**Recreating the earliest uses of electronic computers** - Can you find the University of Waterloo connection to this story? And it's not the computer ...

Full Story... - *BBC*

Thursday, May 12, 2011

**Stonehenge, aliens, your house and randomness** - Every location in the UK is at the intersection of three or more lines from ancient monuments. That can't be random ... can it?

Full Story... - *The Guardian*

Monday, April 15, 2011

**Magic squares are given a whole new dimension.** - What happens when you replace numbers by shapes in a magic square?

Full Story... - *The Guardian*

Monday, March 21, 2011

**All it takes to beat a computer at trivia is a rocket scientist.** - Are humans in jeopardy on Jeopardy?

Full Story... - * Physorg.com*

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

**Game theory's take on the beautiful game - and diving.** - Soccer and the Art of Deception.

Full Story... - * The journal Science*

Monday, Feb 14, 2011

**How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.** - Won't you be my cardioid?

Full Story... - * poetrywithmathematics.blogspot.com*

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011

**No competition when it comes to the job hunt** - Mathematical careers occupy the top five jobs according to CareerCast and the Wall Street Journal.

Full Story... - * Wall Street Journal*

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2011

**Fruitful flies** - How fruit fly biology can improve very large distributed computing performance.

Full Story... - * ScienceDaily*

Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011

**A math-genius teenage hero coming to a theatre near you** - An anime feature of a math prodigy and his love interest where virtual and real-world complications ensue.

Full Story... - * New York Times*

Monday, Dec 13, 2010

**The tales mathematicians (and computer scientists) tell** - Donald Knuth is one of the best known computer scientists in the world. Here he describes his family's emigration to America. There is lots more on him and on others.

Full Story... - *Web of Stories*

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010

**Masters of Math, From Old Babylon** - An exhibition of Babylonian clay tablets entitled "Before Pythagoras"

Full Story... -* New York Times*

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010

**Into the matrix** - Are you sure your teacher or students are real?

Full Story... -* Toronto Star*

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010

**Math and sleep** - No, it's not what you think.
Mathematical biologists have improved our understanding of our internal
clock.

Full Story... -* American Institute of
Physics*

Monday, Oct 25, 2010

**So you want to win the World Series.** - The fastest route around the bases is not the route taken by batters.

Full Story... -* ScienceNews*

Monday, Oct 18, 2010

**Gathering for Gardner - Celebration of Mind** - Martin Gardner is best known for his "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American. These fun-filled events are his memorial.

Full Story... -* Gathering for Gardner*

Monday, Oct 4, 2010

**Just how nasty can a virus be?** - When it's state-sponsored malware, the question gets complicated. We can probably agree that the Stuxnet worm is very good at being very bad. Beyond that, there is lots of room for debate.

Full Story... -* The Guardian Weekly*

Monday, Sept 20, 2010

**Without geometry, life is pointless** - What are the mental habits of a mathematician?

Full Story... -* A teacher's blog*

Monday, Sept 13, 2010

**Down the rabbit hole** - The future of mathematics textbooks?

Full Story... -* The Guardian*

Thursday, July 29, 2010

**Math is no match for locust swarms ** - It may be impossible to predict where they will strike next.

Full Story... -* Wired.com*

Monday, June 28, 2010

**Pigeons beat humans at solving 'Monty Hall' problem** - A famous probability puzzle fools most humans but not most pigeons. Scientists think that reason may be the reason.

Full Story ... -* LiveScience*

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

**Sharks have math skills ** - How would you find your dinner if it was scattered about? How would a shark tackle this problem?

Full Story ... -* Discovery News*

Monday, June 7, 2010

**Giraffes can swim, though poorly: study ** - Two mathematicians believe they have proved giraffes can swim. Computer generated mathematical models show that the world's tallest animal can theoretically cross rivers.

Full Story ... - *CBC*

Monday, May 31, 2010

**Crop circle season arrives with a mathematical message ** - Mystery surrounds a mathematically designed shape which recently appeared in the countryside of Wiltshire, England.

Full Story ... - *The Independent*

Monday, May 17, 2010

**Locating tsunami warning buoys** - Everyone remembers the devasting Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Mathematics is being used to find the optimal placement of tsunami warning systems.

Full Story ... - *ScienceDaily*

Monday, May 10, 2010

**Dan Snaith of Caribou brings energy to music and mathematics** - How similar is composing a song to solving an equation or studying geometry? Connections between music and mathematics might be stronger than you think.

Full Story ... - *The Washington Post*

Monday, May 3, 2010

**Fake anti-virus software a growing threat** - One should always be extremely cautious when downloading anything from the internet. What can and should companies or governments do to combat the threat of malicious software?

Full Story... - *CBC*

Monday, April 26, 2010

**Reunited set of math problems gives clues to how Lincoln learned** - Historians discovered a missing page of math problems written by Abraham Lincoln. See the digitized version of his homework that is helping researchers better understand the 16th President of the United States.

Full Story... - *The State Journal-Register*

Monday, April 19, 2010

**Flouridation may not do much for cavities** - What does a Statistics Canada study on dental health mean for the controversy about fluoridation of drinking water? Are the statistics meaningful? Can important conclusions be made?

Full Story... - *The Globe and Mail*

Monday, April 12, 2010

**Bathroom breaks could wait during gold-medal match** - If the Olympics can cause an uneven demand for water, what other events might impact our use of the earth's resources? How can mathematics help us understand consumption patterns?

Full Story... - *The Globe and Mail* (subscription necessary)

Monday, April 5, 2010

**Do We Need a 37-Cent Coin?** - Is our current system of a penny, nickel, dime and quarter as efficient as it could be?

Full Story... - *NY Times*

Wenesday, March 31, 2010

**The games people play?** - How do you know when a game is really hard?

Full Story... - *MIT*

Monday, March 22, 2010

**Why would you do geometry on a sphere?** - Because it makes the world go round, or at least helps your GPS to work.

Full Story... - *NY Times*

Monday, March 15, 2010

**Why women over 40 are good at math** - Not only do female math students outperform men at Ontario's community colleges, but it's the 40-something female multi-taskers juggling jobs, families and mortgages who edge out their classmates of either sex at any age, new research shows.

Full Story... - *Toronto Star*

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

**Google finds a lost letter of René Descartes** - An interesting intersection of computing capabilities of the 21st century and one of most important mathematicians of the 17th century.

Full Story... - *CBC*

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

**Compressed Sensing - no, it's not squeezing your friends.** - Using sophisticated mathematics and computing algorithms has made dramatic differences when managing the large volumes of data common with medical imagery.

Full Story... - *Wired.com*

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

**What do pi and Picasso have in common?** - Mathematics helps uncover art fakes.

Full Story... - *National Public Radio*

Thursday, February 18, 2010

**The computer is doomed. Maybe...** - Super computers require lots of electricity. Is there enough electricity for tomorrow's super computers?

Full Story... - *The Globe and Mail*

Monday, February 8, 2010

**What a difference a few percent make** - Sovereign deficits are big news nowadays. Interesting table - treat the comments with caution.

Full Story... - *The blog InfectiousGreed*

Monday, February 1, 2010

**From Fish to Infinity** - What do Ernie from Sesame Street and Plato have in common? The NY Times has a new column on mathematics.

Full Story... - *New York Times*

Monday, January 25, 2010

**Bad science, really bad science, out of this world bad science** - No, we don't need aliens to explain this...

Full Story... - *Bad Science Blog*

Monday, January 18, 2010

**So whose got the best job?** - According to CareerCast.com, mathematicians and computer scientists hold 6 of the best 10 jobs.

Full Story - *College News*

Monday, January 11, 2010

**Have women done it?** - And how do we really know? Counting seems harder than we might think.

Full Story - *The New York Times*

Monday, January 4, 2010

**Math and magic ...** - Tricks of a mathemagician ...

Full Story - *The New York Times*

Monday, December 18, 2009

**What famous mathematician was born on Christmas Day, 1642?** - A brilliant talk given by John Maynard Keynes, the great economist, on the life of ....

Full Story - *St. Andrew's University*

Monday, November 23, 2009

**10 jobs for math whizzes** - Ever thought about being a cost estimator?

Full Story - *CNN*

Monday, November 16, 2009

**The next generation ...** - Computers from quantum mechanics.

Full Story - *ScienceDaily*

Monday, November 9, 2009

**Martin Gardner: Puzzler Extraordinaire** - A wolf, a goat and a head of cabbage need to be safely ferried across a river ...

Full Story - *The New York Times*

Monday, November 2, 2009

**The good ship "Navigator of Connectivity"** - And you thought connecting from your place was hard.

Full Story - *The Guardian Weekly*

Monday, October 26, 2009

**Soft mathematics** - How thinking mathematically about non-mathematical subjects makes sense.

Full Story - *Mathematical Association of America*

Monday, October 19, 2009

**The best jobs belong to ...** - According to CareerCast, four of the best five jobs in the US are for mathematicians and computer scientists. No surprise, really.

Full Story - *The Wall Street Journal*

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

**Do the math to help the Vancouver Olympics** - Simple percentages make transportation at the Olympics much easier.

Full Story - *Globe and Mail *(subscription necessary)

Monday, October 5, 2009

**Solve the following word problem. You fall off a boat in the Pacific Ocean** - Assuming you are wearing a life-jacket, where will you float?

Full Story - *The New York Times*

Monday, September 28, 2009

**What's the hottest graphic novel in Europe?** - A stellar cast of mathematicians, the quest for truth, villains - as a comic book?

Full Story - *The New York Times*