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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates after his team won the NFL divisional playoff football game against the Houston Texans on Jan. 12, 2020. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

How sports fans respond to their teams’ wavering odds of winning

Watching the chances of victory change injects life into sports, both real and fantasy.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces South Africa’s 2019 matric results and congratulates top achievers. Flickr/GCIS

Why South Africa’s declining maths performance is a worry

Performance in mathematics matters for university entrance. Without it, school leavers are not eligible for many programmes.
Coding can enhance children’s creativity and their understanding of mathematics. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock

Why all children must learn code

Coding is beneficial to children, irrespective of their career path later on in life.
A traditional maths problem involving pizza will be very far removed from real life. from shutterstock.com

Don’t just solve for x: letting kids explore real-world scenarios will keep them in maths class

Students need more than just arithmetic to succeed in the modern world. Learning maths through an inquiry-based approach can help them develop critical and creative skills, as well as resilience.
North Carolina Electoral College representatives sign the Certificates of Vote in December 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

The Electoral College will never make everyone happy

A quirk of mathematics gives voters in some small states, like Rhode Island and Nebraska, an extra edge over voters in other states. This happens not only in the US, but in other countries, too.
Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer. Courtesy of Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives

Curious Kids: What was the first computer?

The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.

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