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A student revising class work in Kenya. The quality of maths teaching in schools can have a profound impact on learner interest. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here’s why

The quality of what pupils come to know, understand and are able to do has a big impact on students. Low quality leads to boredom as well as fear and anxiety about maths as a subject
Lightning moves pretty quickly; would you call it instantaneous? Steven Vanderburg, NOAA

What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

An instant likely feels different to a person, or a redwood, or a gnat. What's infinitely small for one might be a whole lifetime for another – and that scale influences the choices we make.
Iris van Herpen’s exhibition featuring 3D-printing technology, computer modeling, and engraving constructed in collaboration with architects, engineers and digital design specialists. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Why STEM subjects and fashion design go hand in hand

The fashion industry attracts creative young minds. But to succeed as a designer in a time of rapid technological change, knowledge of maths and science is invaluable.
Kite- and dart-shaped tiles create never-repeating patterns. PrzemekMajewski /wikimedia

The maths behind ‘impossible’ never-repeating patterns

Many scientists didn't believe that crystals made up of never-repeating patterns could exist. But they do and scientists are starting to understand the weird maths behind them.

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