From the peacock tail and the eyespots of a butterfly, to the evolving camouflage of the chameleon, nature loves patterns
A detective activity from Science Buddies
What causes the Moon to change phases throughout the month? Why is it sometimes visible only during the day and other times only at night? What’s the relationship between these times and the Moon’s phases? The answer in all cases is geometry.
Proof rests on a surprising link between infinity size and the complexity of mathematical theories
A geometry science project from Science Buddies
What’s the point of learning math? Why is it so important that kids are exposed to mathematical thinking? And what do parents and teachers need to know about learning real math? Keep on reading to find out.
A mathematician and her collaborators figured out how to predict electrons’ behavior by studying the mathematics of waves
A puzzling project from Science Buddies
The right mix of people who already know one another, of boys and girls--Ramsey numbers may hold the answer
The brilliant Stanford professor, killed by breast cancer at 40, worked with shapes unconstrained by the real world
How do they work? And how can you turn them into improper fractions? Keep on reading to find out!
How do you quickly calculate 25 percent of a number? Or 33 percent of a number? And how can you quickly calculate percentage increases?
Physicists have exploited the laws of quantum mechanics to send information without transmitting a signal. But have they, really?
A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel—and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Feds consider “conservation triage” that would let some animals go extinct to save funds for protecting others
Mathematics is increasingly integral to biology as more detailed experiments in recent years have led to a huge influx in biological data
The Great Stalacpipe Organ operates by rhythmically striking 37 different stalactites scattered across the 3.5-acre cave
With algorithms in hand, scientists try to make U.S. elections more representative
What does it really mean for a satellite to orbit the Earth? What’s the math behind it? And what’s the math behind the rockets that get those satellites into orbit? Keep on reading to find out!
Nadine Gaab, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Jennifer Zuk, a doctoral student at Harvard University, answer: