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A tumor under the microscope. Cropped from cnicholsonpath/flickr

What Netflix can teach us about treating cancer

Cancer researchers dream of offering personalized treatments to patients. Can they get there using the same math that drives Netflix recommendations?
Mathematical visualization techniques led the author to create this virtual scene, showing shapes from the realm of mathematics bursting into the physical world. Frank Farris

With new technology, mathematicians turn numbers into art

It's a golden age for visualization in mathematics. How tools like 3-D printing, animation and even knitting machines are reimagining the way mathematicians study and share their work.
Statistics and probability can sometimes yield mind bending results. Shutterstock

Paradoxes of probability and other statistical strangeness

Sometimes statistics and probability can produce unexpected or counter-intuitive results. If we're hoping to use numbers to make good decisions, we should be wary of the traps.
Weighing up your votes. northcharleston/flickr

Whose votes count the least in the Electoral College?

The 2016 election made clear that the Electoral College does not weigh votes from all states equally. A new analysis suggests the power of your vote is closely linked to voter turnout in your state.
We need just a little more party hat… Yelp/Flickr

3.14 essential reads about π for Pi Day

It's March 14, the day we irrationally celebrate the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Here's a roundup from our archive of what we know about pi.
Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy. Global Partnership for Education/Flickr

South Africa can’t compete globally without fixing its attitude to maths

Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
Old sky map depicting boreal and austral hemispheres with constellations and zodiac signs. Marzolino/Shutterstock

What would the ancient astrologers have told us about 2017?

Up until the seventeenth century, astrology was seen as a scholarly tradition, and it is credited as influencing the development of many modern day subjects.

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