Michael Rector

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Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

The surprising reason why NASA hasn't sent humans to Mars yet

We could have been on Mars 30 years ago. At the peak of the Apollo era in the early '70s, NASA was already planning its next step into the unknown.<p>Its plans included building multiple space stations, continued trips to the Moon, and the first crewed mission to Mars by the 1980s. Can you imagine …

Space Science

Mathematics: forget simplicity, the abstract is beautiful - and important

Why is mathematics so complicated? It’s a question many students will ask while grappling with a particularly complex calculus problem – and their …

Proxima Centauri's no good, very bad day

A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Meredith MacGregor and Alycia Weinberger detected a massive stellar flare—an energetic explosion of …

I teach high-school math. Is my work pointless?

The most amazing creations of human genius can come from mathematics, Alexandru Pintilie writes<p><i>Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at</i> <i>tgam.ca/essayguide</i>.<p>I am a mathematician and I am a math teacher. That does not mean that I am …

9 Secret Shortcuts of People Who Are Good at Everyday Math

Even in an age of smartphones, crunching numbers quickly — and getting good at it — can give you snappy, useful answers to pressing real-life math …

Mathematics

Nope, our Temporary Moon Isn’t Space Junk, it’s an Asteroid

In April of 2016, astronomers became aware of a distant object that appeared to be orbiting the Sun, but was also passing close enough to Earth that …

Astronomy

Live Blog: The Huge Gravitational Wave Discovery We've Been Waiting For Is Here

"We shared in the joy and excitement of that moment."<p>Well folks, that massive gravitational wave announcement has been well worth the wait.<p>Read on …

Integers as (unique) sums of Fibonacci numbers

Did<p>you know that 100000000000 = 86267571272 + 12586269025 + 1134903170+ 9227465 + 1346269+ 514229 + 121393 + 46368 +610 + 144 + 55 and that all the …

Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World

To tell truth from fiction, start with quantitative thinking, argues the mathematician Rebecca Goldin.<p>What motivates you to study these complex …

These four easy steps can make you a math whiz

Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you.<p>What do you think of when you think about …

The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole is Proving Einstein Correct

As if he needs it.<p>Sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), possessing the mass of …

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Displaying mathematics equations in WebSharper

As a previous story of mine (read here) has already shown, you could use WebSharper to do your higher level mathematics on any website you create. In …

Terence Tao is the "Mozart of Math"

Terence "Terry" Tao, one of the greatest living mathematicians in the world, taught himself to read at age 2. He was schooling his 11th grade …

We Finally Know How Naked Mole Rats Survive Without Oxygen, And It's Really Freaking Weird

They start to metabolise like plants.<p>Naked mole rats (<i>Heterocephalus glaber</i>) have never been the most conventional mammal - the scrotum-looking …

A Retiree Discovers an Elusive Math Proof—And Nobody Notices

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.02.17.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>As he was brushing his teeth …

Mathematics

Now This Is A Student Goal-Setting Strategy That May Actually Work

I posted “Everyone Is A Teacher” Is A New Engagement Strategy I’m Using & It Seems To Be Working earlier this week, and it was – rightfully, I think …

Dyslexia Linked to Visual Strengths Useful in Astronomy

Dyslexia is a hereditary neurological condition characterized by difficulties in reading, writing, and spelling. The fact that those with dyslexia …

Symbolic mathematics on Linux

January 4, 2017<p>This article was contributed by Lee Phillips<p>This article is an introduction to the world of free and open-source applications for …

100 Must-Read Books About Spaaaaaaaaaace

It’s funny (wonderful?) that the books we so often associate with our future–books about space–are full of the same themes our very oldest stories …

Books

Conventional Courses are Not Enough for Future High School Teachers

Consider how you would respond to two different versions of a question. In the first, you are asked to solve a high school mathematics problem. In …

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head, Say Physicists

Universal time doesn’t add up.<p>Out of all the pressures we face in our everyday lives, there’s no denying that the nature of time has the most …

More Linear Algebra, Please

<i>By</i> <i>Drew Armstrong</i><i>, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Miami</i><p>Anyone who teaches mathematics in the US knows that the quality of education …

Cozy up to 60,000 stars with ESA's dazzling interactive Star Mapper

The Hipparcos satellite launched in 1989 and completed its mission to measure the positions of the stars around 1993, but its data and legacy live on. The European Space Agency project has new life thanks to the Star Mapper site, an interactive online romp through the heavens as seen by …

The Oldest Book Written in the Americas Is a Mayan Guide to Astronomy — NOVA Next | PBS

As the Mayan civilization was in decline, a diligent scribe was working on the oldest book created in the Americas: the Grolier Codex.<p>The book, which …

Ancient History

Just two megapixels and $40 turns any Android into a light field, 3D camera

The Eye-Plug may only add a 2-megapixel camera to Android smartphones, but don’t scoff at the little dongle. The $40 accessory, introduced at …

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How Math Secretly Affects Your Life

I took a lot of math classes in college. I remember Professor Shlomo Sternberg getting up on the first day of his class and telling us we weren’t …

Mathematics

Gorgeous New Mercury Maps Showcase Planet's Striking Features

A stunning digital model of Mercury unveils the planet's striking landscape, while other new maps provide a closer look at the shadowed northern pole …