Fireflies’ synchronized light shows have fascinated observers for ages.
Synchrony is ubiquitous throughout the universe. But physicists’ equations predicted there could also be erratic exceptions marching to their own beat. Now they’ve been spotted in firefly swarms.
The disinformation age is changing what it means to produce fair or balanced reporting.
The mathematical concept of a fractal is a never-ending pattern.
The assumption that more detail is better is questioned by a new study.
Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 25, 2022.
The greatest marathoner of our time just broke his own world record. Is an official marathon run in less than two hours any closer?
Failure to complete homework leaves students in the lurch.
MoMorad via Getty Images
Not all students have access to the same level of parental help at home. So why are they judged as if they do? Two scholars probe how educators view students who fail to complete their homework.
You can do it.
A few mathematical tools can help you save cash during the cost of living crisis.
Psychologists aren’t sure which factors drive students to form specific academic identities, but these identities can affect career choices.
Tom Werner/DigitalVision via GettyImages
Students are less likely to think they can be good at both math and reading as they get closer to high school.
Inappropriate ways of denoting multiplication are everywhere.
When the equation 8÷2(2+2)=? is written properly and includes a multiplication sign before the first bracket, the answer is clear.
Undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska Omaha collaborate on a group assignment for a STEM course.
Derrick Nero, University of Nebraska Omaha
Female statistics students had higher final exam grades than their male peers, even though they had less confidence in their statistics abilities at the start of the semester.
Family outings and journal-writing can help keep kids’ academic skills sharp during the summer.
franckreporter / Getty Images
Research has shown for more than a century that students fall behind during the summer break. An expert offers six tips on ways to help children keep up their academic skills during the summer.
Our ability to use mathematical modelling is accelerating breakthrough discoveries in health care and biotechnology.
Maths can describe how we update our views to make a decision based on the information available.
Mathematical model suggests information processing lies at the heart of decision making.
The math of threes is surprisingly powerful.
MicroStockHub/iStock via Getty Images
A mathematician explains how language can keep your online accounts safe and pinpoint your location on the planet.
Even learners in affluent schools lost around two-thirds of a school year.
Time out of school erased a year’s worth of schooling for public school learners in South Africa.
The miniature brains of honeybees were able to understand the concepts of odd and even, despite only having 960,000 neurons (compared to 86 billion in humans).
Mathematics is the language of the universe.
In the absence of mathematical explanations, the universe would be irrational rather than unpredictable.
The human brain isn’t built to understand large numbers.
OsakaWayne Studios/Moment via Getty Images
The brain can count small numbers or compare large ones. But it struggles to understand the value of a single large number. This fact may be influencing how people react to numbers about the pandemic.
Zero-sum competitive environments that set up winners and losers may be less appealing to women.
Photo and Co/The Image Bank via Getty Images
A focus on raw intellectual talent may unintentionally create a cutthroat workplace culture. New research suggests women’s preference to avoid that environment may contribute to gender gaps in some fields.
Pi has spawned its own literary style, where the number of letters in consecutive words is dictated by the decimal expansion of pi.
The New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin goes up for a slam during the NBA dunk contest on Saturday, February 19, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio.
AP Photo/Charles Krupa
A new database could pave the way for a more fair and consistent way to score slam dunks, a self-described ‘dunk scientist’ says.