The popular math contest Who Wants to Be a Mathematician underwent a makeover this year — the contest that was administered on pen-and-paper moved to a digital format. The number of students in the contest doubled in 2013, with over 2000 students from over 150 schools participating. Maplesoft’s testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. was used to administer the tests online, saving significant time and money for the organizers.
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships...
A new algorithm designed at the University of Toronto has the power to profoundly change the way...
A force that intricately links the rotation of the Earth with the direction of weather patterns in the atmosphere has been shown to play a crucial role in the creation of the hypnotic patterns created by the skirts of the Whirling Dervishes.
The science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov died more than two decades ago, but that did not stop him from writing about a trip to the World’s Fair of 2014. Fifty years ago, Asimov walked into the GE exhibition at the New York World’s Fair of 1964 and declared that “the direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion.”
For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun. The moment of truth comes Thursday — Thanksgiving Day. The sun-grazing Comet ISON, now thought to be less than a mile wide, will either fry and shatter, victim of the sun's incredible power, or endure and quite possibly put on one fabulous celestial show. Talk about an astronomical cliffhanger.
An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team's integration of experimental techniques including neutron scattering and X-ray analysis with supercomputer simulations has revealed unexpected findings about what happens to water molecules trapped between cellulose fibers.
Computer scientists from the University of East Anglia are working to create a virtual birthing simulator that will help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births. The new programme will take into account factors such as the shape of the mother's body and the positioning of the baby to provide patient-specific birth predictions. The research will be presented at the...
A powerful Web-based system enabling people worldwide to better predict such things as damaging floods and potential effects of climate change is the goal of a $4.5 million, four-year project begun by Purdue University researchers.
The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, along with technology partners HP and NVIDIA, announced that they will deploy Maverick in January 2014, a unique, powerful, high performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community.
Teradata, an analytic data platforms, applications and services company, was honored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program on November 12, 2013, for its efforts to build partnerships that transform the use of analytics for the greater good of society.
Stingrays swim through water with such ease that researchers from the University at Buffalo and Harvard University are studying how their movements could be used to design more agile and fuel-efficient unmanned underwater vehicles. The vehicles could allow researchers to more efficiently study the mostly unexplored ocean depths, and they could also serve during clean up or rescue...
BioClinica, a global clinical research organization specializing in technology-enhanced solutions for clinical trials, announced the successful completion of the first phase of a big data research project to develop novel algorithms for the automated analysis of medical images in clinical trials.
A famous math problem that has vexed mathematicians for decades has met an elegant solution by Cornell researchers, who presented a geometric solution for the von Neumann-Day problem, first described by mathematician John von Neumann in 1929.
According to sports legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the game of basketball is math and science in motion — geometry, physics and even chemistry help bring the game to life. The five-time NBA champion and Chairman and CEO of the television network ASPiRE has joined with Time Warner Cable to expand its STEM in Sports campaign.
When an E. coli cell divides, it must replicate its circular chromosome and pull the resulting circles apart to take up residence in two new cells. It sounds easy enough — like a magician's trick with rings — but actually involves a complicated process of unknotting and unlinking of tangled DNA. In a new study, an international team of scientists offers a mathematical analysis of how these rings are unlinked by XerCD recombination enzymes.
In his 1937 book, "Think and Grow Rich," author Napoleon Hill identified 13 steps to success, one of which was the power of the mastermind. "No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind," Hill wrote.
One of the world’s largest dinosaurs has been digitally reconstructed by experts from The University of Manchester allowing it to take its first steps in over 94 million years. The Manchester team, working with scientists in Argentina, were able to laser scan a 40 metre-long skeleton of the vast Cretaceous Argentinosaurus dinosaur.
Verena Wolf, professor of computer science at Saarland University, just won the award “Germany’s best innovators under 35. Wolf does her research on the simulation of complex cell processes. In this way, Wolf and her colleagues are able to reconstruct the development of whole cell populations with their new software within...
Origin and OriginPro 9.1 feature auto-positioning of labels in graphs, with the ability to add leader lines and to place labels arbitrarily such as attaching to data plot, to axes, or at fixed positions within the graph layer.
Superstorm Sandy set several records and was unusual in even more ways. Here are 12 strange weather features of Sandy: With tropical-storm-force winds that extended for 1,000 miles, Sandy was the largest Atlantic system on record. However, meteorologists only started recording this measurement for comparison in 1988.
The new HITS research group “Astroinformatics” will develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy. The junior group led by Kai Polsterer will work closely with other astronomical research groups in Heidelberg.
With their participation in the completion of the largest cloud-based analysis of genome sequence data, are helping to usher genomic scientists and clinicians around the world into a new era of high-level data analysis.
Antibiotics, urban pesticides and other contaminants accumulate where wastewater is released into Europe's Lake Geneva. Using computer simulations, EPFL researchers have shown that the risk they pose is highest during summer and that they degrade most efficiently during the winter.
Theoretical physicist Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and his research team at Saarland University have developed a mathematical model for a type of microscopic test lab that could provide new and deeper insight into the world of quantum particles. The new test system will enable the simultaneous study of one hundred light quanta (photons) and their complex quantum mechanical relationships ("quantum...
Researchers at the Experimental Economics Laboratory in the Universitat Jaume I, coordinated by the lecturer Gerardo Sabater from the Area of Foundations of Economic Analysis, have developed the first Spanish software that leverages the collective intelligence of employees and customers to improve decision-making in the company.
An international team of scientists has provided proof of a key feature of quantum physics – Heisenberg's error-disturbance relation - more than 80 years after it was first suggested. One of the basic concepts in the world of quantum mechanics is that it is impossible to observe physical objects without affecting them in a significant way; there can be no measurement without disturbance.
Supermassive black holes: every large galaxy's got one. But here's a real conundrum: how did they grow so big? A paper in the October 17, 2013, issue of Science pits the front-running ideas about the growth of supermassive black holes against observational data — a limit on the strength of gravitational waves, obtained with CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia.
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