Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species
How to calculate percentages is easier than you think. Quick, what’s 36% of 25? Or how about 250% of 20? Learn a quick and dirty tip to help you calculate all of those pesky percentages in your head.
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
Where does the shortstop play in a paradigm shift?
An artistic science project from Science Buddies
Flu forecasts within large metro areas like New York City might be improved by adding in data about the flow of commuters. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Do you know what it is that a light-year actually measures? Do you know why so many people find it confusing? And why they really shouldn’t?
When polls try to tease out what a group of people is thinking, what are they measuring and how can they go wrong?
New NIMH chief Joshua Gordon says he will focus on quick wins, brain circuits and mathematical rigor
Fourth- and eighth-graders score better than before, but weak gains and overall poor marks hint at long way to go
For this puzzle with over 43 quintillion permutations, author Ian Scheffler explains how players have found the most efficient route to resolving a Rubik’s cube.
Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information
Author and “Speedcuber” Ian Scheffler reveals some of the math behind how you could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.
Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement
Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people
A top secret science project
David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.
The modified version of the sieve of Eratosthenes could accelerate computer calculations
It’s the last standard of measurement that is still based on a physical object—but it will soon be derived from a mathematical constant