Math

  1. Math

    Math isn’t just for boys

    The United States won the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2015 and 2016. The big question: Why wasn’t there even one girl on either year’s team?

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  2. Brain

    Anxious about math? Your brain may tackle simple problems differently

    A study found more variable brain activity in people who get nervous about math problems than those who do not.

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  3. Planets

    Analyze This: The masses of planets

    Scientists discovered a solar system with planets that are similar in size and mass to Earth. Using data, we take a closer look at that similarity.

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  4. Math

    Cool Jobs: Reaching out to E.T. is a numbers game

    From figuring out if we’re alone in the universe, to writing messages to aliens, scientists use math in many ways in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

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  5. Brain

    High-school brain researcher takes home $250,000 prize

    Three teens won big in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search. They studied brain injury, mathematical models and networks of connections within big data sets.

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  6. Math

    What happens when you look at crime by the numbers

    Statistics can find crime hot spots or flag which police officers are more likely to shoot at crime scenes. Unfortunately, some data risk misleading the police.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Math attitude influences math achievement

    Bad feelings about math beget bad grades, a new study shows. The good news? Positive feelings are associated with good grades, too.

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  8. Brain

    Don’t let math stress you out

    New research points to strategies for improving math performance in people who get stressed out by the numbers world.

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  9. Math

    Cool Jobs: Motion by the numbers

    What do car crash testers, video game creators and scientists who study athletic performance have in common? All use geometry in their cool jobs.

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  10. Math

    Explainer: The basics of geometry

    From points and lines to complex three-dimensional shapes, our world is made of shapes and spaces. The math used to understand most of these is known as geometry.

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  11. Computing

    Two numbers set a record — and not just for being book length

    Twin primes are prime numbers that differ by just 2. The largest known twins have just been discovered — each 388,342 digits long!

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  12. Brain

    Out-of-whack body clock causes more than sleepiness

    When the body’s “clock” doesn’t match the cues its getting from outside, people can feel bad. Researchers are using math to explain this “circadian-time sickness.”

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