Researchers discover a pattern to the seemingly random distribution of prime numbers

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The pattern has a surprising similarity to the one seen in atom distribution in crystals.

Often known as “the building blocks of mathematics,” prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians for centuries due to their highly unpredictable and seemingly random nature. However, a team of researchers at Princeton University have recently discovered a strange pattern in the primes’ chaos. Their novel modelling techniques revealed a surprising similarity between primes and certain naturally occurring crystalline materials, a similarity that may carry significant implications for physics and materials science.

 

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Rewiring your brain to become fluent in math

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Basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical.

By Barbara Oakley: I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering.

 

 

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Researcher proves mathematically that black holes do not exist

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Black holes have long been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown. They are the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren’t bizarre enough to begin with, now add this to the mix: they don’t exist.

 

 

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Enrollment in U.S. graduate STEM programs increased 50% over last decade

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First-time, full-time graduate enrollment in STEM programs registering a 50% increase over the decade.

A new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF) finds that the number of Americans pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering has risen sharply over the past decade and stands at an all-time high.

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Zap of Electricity Through Your Brain Can Boost Math Skills

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The technique may help people with dyscalculia, or “number blindness” in the future.

Pulsing an electrical current through your brain can boost your ability to do sums for up to six months, scientists have discovered.  British-based researchers have found that passing a low current through a specific brain region can double your ability to do mathematics.

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The Physics of Futurama

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Accuracy Counts!

It’s often said that Futurama was one of the most scientifically accurate science fiction television shows ever produced, what with the Adolf Hitler shark and Nibbler’s dark matter poop. So now that the show has been revived, the producers naturally hired David X. Cohen, a graduate student in physics, to be a writer. Cohen recently gave an interview about his work on Futurama…

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3D-Printed Math and Science Sculptures

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Wild Geometry Dropping Into The 3Rd Dimension

Bathsheba Grossman is a sculptor who uses cutting-edge technology to render math- and science-inspired shapes in three dimensions. You can buy 3D-printed laser-cut metal ones, or order them in plastic at lower costs from ShapeWays. That sound you hear is my jaw scraping my keyboard… (Pics)

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Formula Created For Perfect Parking

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Forget roasting a textbook turkey or perfect present-wrapping this month. The real test of Britons’ mettle will come as we try to park in tight spots on busy roads, with 35 million of us heading to the shops over the next few weeks. Help, however, is at hand, as Professor Simon Blackburn, from Royal Holloway, University of London, has collaborated with Vauxhall Motors to create a mathematical formula to show motorists how to park perfectly.

 

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