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The distribution of prime numbers from 1 to 76,800, from left to right and top to bottom. A black pixel means that the number is first, while a white pixel means that it is not. Wikipedia

A newly discovered prime number makes its debut

The discovery of a new prime number -- and it’s a big one -- is a great opportunity to revisit Marin Mersenne, the French theologian who dreamed of a formula that could predict where they hide.
Images created by NASA with satellite data helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyze outbreak patterns for southern pine beetles in Alabama, in spring 2016. NASA

Can scientists learn to make ‘nature forecasts’ just as we forecast the weather?

Big data open-access publishing and other advances offer ecologists the ability to forecast events like pest outbreaks over days and seasons rather than decades. But scholars need to seize this opportunity.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks to players during a game against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 17, 2017. AP Photo/Butch Dill

Talent doesn’t explain the success of the Patriots and Eagles

According to a management scholar, a team's mindset and structure – not its stars – will often determine its success.
In Papua, the country’s easternmost province, reports say at least 61 children have died from malnutrition and measles. Photo of mother and child in a church in Asmat district, taken on January 22, 2018. Reuters/via Antara News Agency

Why health research rarely influence policy in Indonesia

Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
Steinhoff’s former CEO, Markus Jooste, is partly blamed for the corporate scandal that threatens to collapse the company. Financial Mail/Jeremy Glyn

Did Steinhoff’s board structure contribute to the scandal?

Gaps in the two tier board structure which is favoured in Europe may be partly responsible for the Steinhoff corporate scandal.
To mark its 30th anniversary in business, the national PetSmart chain is donating enough food to serve animals in need an estimated 60 million meals. Sandy Huffaker/AP Images for PetSmart

Giving and fundraising: 4 essential reads

Ever wondered which fundraising appeals work best or what kind of charitable donations are ideal after disasters strike?
At some point, it stopped being all fun and games. lassedesignen/Shutterstock.com

A grim year for the smartphone: 5 essential reads

With studies from the past year exploring the relationship between smartphone use and mental health, sleep, learning and romance, a more nuanced portrait of the device has emerged.

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