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Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age?<p>If so, don't count on brain games to help you.<p>That's the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal <i>Psychological Science in the</i> …

The Brain

What Math Looks Like in the Mind

In a surprise to scientists, it appears blind people process numbers by tapping into a part of their brains that’s reserved for images in sighted individuals.<p>Humans are born to do math, and they have the brain infrastructure to prove it—including a cluster of specialized nerve cells for processing …

The Brain

The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics

Mathematics has little surprises that are designed to test and push your mental limits.<p>The following 12 simple math problems prove outstandingly controversial among students of math, but are nonetheless facts.<p>They're paradoxes and idiosyncrasies of probability. And they're guaranteed to start an …

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The entrance polls said Nevada’s Latinos voted for Bernie Sanders. That’s unlikely.

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday. She did so thanks largely to her strength in Clark County, the home of Las Vegas and the most heavily Latino part of the state.<p>That's important to note, because entrance polls showed Bernie Sanders winning among Latino voters — by a …

The Trigonometry of (Collapsing) Market Multiples

The recent SaaS/Cloud market downturn has shaken investor confidence, causing many to ask, what’s going to happen next? On the SaaS side, Joseph …

Mathematics

Think You Stink at Math? Amazon Wants to Change That.

The initiative, called "With Math I Can," hopes to change the mind-set around learning math.<p>“I stink at math.”<p>If you have kids, you’ve probably heard that phrase — or maybe you’ve even uttered some variant of it yourself. But in a world where good jobs increasingly require good math skills, that …

Education

A New Hope for a Perplexing Mathematical Proof

Earlier this month the math world turned toward the University of Oxford, looking for signs of progress on a mystery that has gripped the community …

Posse of Mathematicians Bridges Number Theory and Geometry

Author: Kevin Hartnett. Kevin Hartnett Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.26.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>One of the first collaborations …

Science and math PhDs earn about $65,000 — more than double what arts majors do

You may know people currently grinding through a PhD program. Job prospects at their university are likely terrible. The pressure to publish is great. And there's a good chance that they will never work in the academic field they've spent nearly a decade contributing to.<p>The journal <i>Science</i> just …

The math problem that stumped thousands of mansplainers

On September 9, 1990, a reader of Marilyn vos Savant's Parade Magazine column, "Ask Marilyn," posed a question. Here's the original clipping of the question from the magazine below.<p>Vos Savant answered the question correctly, but her answer struck a chord with statisticians, mathematicians, and …

Shut up about the y-axis. It shouldn’t always start at zero.

If you write things on the internet, angry email is inevitable. If you make charts on the internet, angry email about those charts is inevitable. Especially if your charts sometimes use a y-axis that starts at a number other than zero. You see, an old book called <i>How to Lie With Statistics</i> has …

Drink To Your Health: Study Links Daily Coffee Habit To Longevity

If you have a daily coffee habit, here's something to buzz about: A new study finds those cups of joe may help boost longevity.<p>"In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink …

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Is It Foolish to Model Nature’s Complexity With Equations?

Author: Gabriel Popkin. Gabriel Popkin Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.24.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Sometimes ecological data just don’t …

They're No. 1: U.S. Wins Math Olympiad For First Time In 21 Years

In one of this year's most intense international competitions, the United States has come out as best in the world — and this time, we're not talking about soccer.<p>This week, the top-ranked math students from high schools around the country went head-to-head with competitors from more than 100 …

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15-Year-Old Catches Math Error at Boston Museum

Is Boston's Museum of Science smarter than a 10th grader?<p>Apparently not. Joseph Rosenfeld, a 15-year-old from Virginia visiting the museum on a …

Boston

US Treasury says a woman will appear on $10 bills in 2020

$10 bill will feature a female face alongside Alexander Hamilton<p>For the first time in more than 120 years, a woman is set to appear on US paper currency. The Treasury announced late last night that a portrait of a woman would appear on $10 bills to be introduced in 2020, on the 100th anniversary of …

Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners |

Ready to level up your working knowledge of math? Here’s what to read now — and next.<p>Math 101, with Jennifer Ouellette<p><b>First, start with these 5 books…</b><p>…

Mathematics

Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses

Building a giant steel bale feeder is hard. Try it.<p>Problem No. 1: Unless you live in ranch country, you probably don't even know what it's supposed to look like — regardless of whether you can build one.<p>Problem No. 2: Arc welding is involved.<p>Problem No. 3: Getting it right requires some serious …

Mathematics

A love poem for lonely prime numbers | Harry Baker

http://download.ted.com/talks/HarryBaker_2014X-64k.mp4Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of …

Poetry

Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers | Adam Spencer

https://download.ted.com/talks/AdamSpencer_2013-64k.mp4They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt …

Mathematics

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15 Insane Things That Correlate With Each Other

Now a ridiculous book!<p>Spurious charts<br>• Fascinating factoids<br>• Commentary in the footnotes<p>Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound<p>Data sources: U.S. Office of …

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Hollaback and Why Everyone Needs Better Research Methods

And Why All Data Needs Theory<p>A few days ago, a video produced by a third party “viral video creative agency” for the anti-harrasment NGO, …

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In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and …

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