Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
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Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
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There's a surprising amount in common between ancient ways of thinking about the future and the techniques we use now.
How can geometry track with our political values?
Gerrymandering is being hotly debated around the US. Can math help us figure out how to divide the country up fairly?
People currently speak 7,000 languages around the globe.
There's little research into origins of the geographic patterns of language diversity. A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators.
Repetitive patterns from windows, blinds and stairs are really uncomfortable to look at.
The in depth story of a student project that paved the way for a society-level shift in how we use computers.
Scientists are using detailed computer models of the ocean to trace debris back through the currents to the potential crash site.
Don’t worry, I’ve run the mathematical simulations.
It's 30 years since the release of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Here's why he got away with it.
Advances in computing make it possible to model the spread of disease on an individual level, in a population of millions of people.
Millions of people die or suffer from infectious diseases each year. Computer modelling can now help simulate the impact of any spreading disease.
The fate of this koala could depend on some clever computer modelling.
Computer modelling can help predict where a species will best survive, especially those affected by climate change.
Are the odds in favor of big computer-assisted bettors?
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Are regular bettors and the house helped or hurt when deep-pocketed, high-volume computer-assisted bettors are wagering? Mathematicians used game theory to model this new wrinkle in parimutuel betting.
Computers could help Blackjack players get much better at card counting in the future.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Rats are commonly used in animal testing.
Why are animals still being used in drug development and what are the alternatives that could end their use altogether?
Genomes don’t translate easily into an understanding of disease.
Big data is all well and good, but if we want medical breakthroughs, we'll need big theory too.
Patient-specific aorta models with diseased coronary arteries.
Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
All dressed up.
Scientists have used maths to explain why some cats' fur makes them look like they're wearing a tuxedo.
Computer models can help planners deal with large groups of people but we need better insight into the psychology of crowds to make them accurate.
This doesn’t happen very often. But the Bureau of Meteorology is getting much better at predicting when it will.
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Moaning about weather forecasts is almost an Australian national pastime. But weather predictions have improved a lot, and with a new satellite and supercomputer, they are about to get even more reliable.
Truth is noble, but do we really want to rock the boat?
Whistleblowing performs a public service that is celebrated in the media, condoned by the public, and increasingly protected by the government. So why are we so reluctant to do it? Recent research we published…