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Latinas in STEM: Making Bright Futures a Reality

Editor's note: During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), Ciencia Puerto Rico and Borinqueña are celebrating the work of organizations inspiring, supporting and empowering Latinas in STEM fields...

October 2, 2014 — Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

How to Solve the Famous Birthday Problem

What are the chances that two players on the same soccer team share a birthday? How about two students in the same algebra class? Both seem pretty unlikely, right? The answer might surprise you!...

October 1, 2014 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Math Might Help Crack Mysteries of Schizophrenia

At 32, a year beyond a postdoctoral fellowship, Danielle Bassett could only express unreserved astonishment when she learned that she was one of 21 winners of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship...

September 30, 2014 — Gary Stix

Another Reason to Love the Number Seven

The world's favorite number is seven, at least if the result of a poll conducted by Alex Bellos is to be believed. Some people like it because it is prime, some because they have a lot of sevens in their birthdates...

September 29, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb

Computer Scientist Tells Mathematicians How To Write Proofs

Believe it or not, I do have friends who would describe themselves as not liking math, and every so often one of them will share this meme on Facebook: And then Satan said, "Put the alphabet in math." There are different background pictures each time the meme pops up, but the text is always the [...]..

September 24, 2014 — Evelyn Lamb
Ig Nobel Prizes Make You Laugh, Then Think

Ig Nobel Prizes Make You Laugh, Then Think

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—What happens in the brains of people who see Jesus in a piece of toast? What are the physics of slipping on a banana peel?

September 23, 2014 — Cristine Russell

Physicists on Ice: Exploring the Physics of Curling

Last Friday I joined a contingent of Caltech physicists (including the Time Lord) for an afternoon of curling — yeah, you heard me, curling — in honor of Caltech theoretical physicist Mark Wise‘s 60th birthday...

September 21, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Art and Science of the Moiré

Art and Science of the Moiré

I’m a bit obsessed with Scientific American covers, but my knowledge of the archive during the years before my time on staff is broad rather than deep.

September 15, 2014 — Jen Christiansen
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