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An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 24, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Born 300 years ago this month, Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math

May 16, 2018 — Richard Gunderman, David Gunderman and The Conversation US

Scientists have added radar info to seismic data, isotope measurements and optical imagery to study covert nuclear tests. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 14, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Thierry Zomahoun, president of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, talks about the potential and needs of science on the continent.

May 2, 2018 — Mariette DiChristina and Steve Mirsky

Mathematical modeling reveals the mechanical forces that guide the development of mollusk spirals, spines and ribs

April 19, 2018 — Derek E. Moulton, Alain Goriely and Régis Chirat

A surprisingly silly science activity from Science Buddies

April 5, 2018 — Science Buddies and Ben Finio

A column about the surprising cultural, structural, philosophical, and mystical features common to mathematics and food

April 4, 2018 — Jim Henle and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Understanding this type of instability can prevent catastrophic failures and help generate power

March 31, 2018 — Justin Webster and The Conversation US

The source of knuckle cracking sounds is much debated—but new mathematical models may reconcile two opposing views. Christopher Intagliata reports.

March 29, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Nearly every basketball player, coach or fan believes that some shooters have an uncanny tendency to experience the hot hand

March 28, 2018 — Joshua Miller, Adam Sanjurjo and The Conversation US

Robert Langlands’ ideas unearthed connections within mathematics that have helped to solve centuries-old problems and aided researchers in disparate fields

March 20, 2018 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Do fake coins really need a lawyer’s protection in the courtroom?

March 20, 2018 — Nicholas Diaco, Tanya Khovanova and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Steven Bogart, a mathematics instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, answers

March 14, 2018 — Steven Bogart

Somewhere between the opposing forces of “favorites” and “underdogs” lies a winning solution

March 13, 2018 — Bryan Clair and The Conversation US

Congelation ice, unlike “snow ice,” grows slowly downward from the surface of a calm lake in a vertical, column-like fashion with horizontal interlocking grains

March 12, 2018 — Julia Griffin and PBS NewsHour

The fate of a free throw is set the instant the ball leaves the player’s fingertips

March 2, 2018 — Larry Silverberg and The Conversation US

Machine learning could speed up diagnoses and improve accuracy

February 13, 2018 — John McQuaid and Kaiser Health News

High-quality beams could be among the first practical applications of the booming field of topological physics

February 5, 2018 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

January 31, 2018 — Simone F. Griffioen, Arthemy V. Kiselev and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help

January 17, 2018 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine