Mathematics

27 Factors To Aid In Early Detection Of Sepsis- All By Algorithm

Sepsis kills more Americans every year than AIDS, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined but it gets far less attention. Unlike those other diseases, hours can make the difference between life and death in sepsis. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 17 2015 - 7:08pm

Is Failure To Reproduce Psychology Papers A Sign They Are Invalid?

Following one of the largest-scale scientific reproducibility investigations to date, a group of psychology researchers has reported results from an effort to replicate 100 recently published psychology studies; though they were able to successfully repea ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 1 2015 - 8:30am

What Brewing Coffee Can Teach Us About Modeling Anesthesia

By Michael Greshko, Inside Science – Mathematics that can describe coffeepots, forest fires and flu outbreaks may also underpin the brain’s response to anesthesia, a new study suggests. The mathematical model of the brain, published in Physical Review Let ...

Article - Michael Greshko - Sep 25 2015 - 7:30am

Resonating Euler Spirals and Prolate Spheroids

You might call it a two-tone football.  If you're a real mathematician you may be able to explain to me what the real name of the thing is.  I'm not a real mathematician but I occasionally wrangle with math problems as visualized surfaces in my h ...

Blog Post - Michael Martinez - Oct 15 2015 - 10:28am

Mathematically Modeling The Mind

Try to remember a phone number, and you're using what's called your sequential memory. This kind of memory, in which your mind processes a sequence of numbers, events, or ideas, underlies how people think, perceive, and interact as social beings ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 25 2015 - 1:49pm

How Understanding Baseball Can Improve Earthquake Predictions

Major League Baseball can help understand why maps used to predict shaking in future earthquakes often do poorly.  Earthquake hazard maps use assumptions about where, when, and how big future earthquakes will be to predict the level of shaking. The result ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 1 2015 - 8:22am

Discovery Of Pi In Quantum Mechanics A 'Cunning Piece Of Magic'

While most people associate the mathematical constant π (pi) with arcs and circles, mathematicians are accustomed to seeing it in a variety of fields. Two University of Rochester scientists have found it lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the ener ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 10 2015 - 12:19pm

Global Warming Disaster Could Suffocate All Life On Earth, Say Mathematicians

Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to an estimate led by Sergei Petrovskii, Professor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leicester's Dep ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 6 2015 - 9:00am

'Freak' Ocean Waves Hit Without Warning, Says Math Simulation

Mariners have long spoken of 'walls of water' appearing from nowhere in the open seas, that is why freak waves are called freak waves. Oceanographers have disregarded such stories and instead suggested that rogue waves- enormous surface waves th ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 12:00pm

How Many Ways Can You Arrange 128 Tennis Balls? An Apparently Impossible Problem Solved

Here is a problem with truly huge numbers, thought to be unsolvable.  Imagine that you have 128 tennis balls, and can arrange them in any way you like. How many arrangements are possible? According to a new paper, the answer is about 10^250, also known as ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 28 2016 - 8:39am