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Staff of the House of Representatives review Illinois’ Electoral College vote report in January 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Electoral College is surprisingly vulnerable to popular vote changes

Mathematically speaking, the Electoral College is built to virtually ensure narrow victories, making it very susceptible to manipulation and disinformation.
Without a vaccine, getting to herd immunity would mean many more illnesses and deaths. Andreus K via Getty Images

Herd immunity won’t solve our COVID-19 problem

Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.
A mathematical discovery made in prison is about the pursuit of knowledge and redemption. (Shutterstock)

An inmate’s love for math leads to new discoveries

Christopher Havens came upon his love of math while in solitary confinement. A decade later, he published a paper on number theory in a top mathematics journal.
Mining is one of the industries that’s helped by mathematical modelling: models can predict ceiling collapses and keep miners safe. Sunshine Seeds/Shutterstock/For editorial use only

Mathematical modelling: a language that explains the real world

Mathematical modelling is capable of saving lives, assisting in policy and decision-making, and optimising economic growth.
How can you tell the news from the noise? pathdoc/

4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

As the 2020 elections near and disinformation campaigns ramp up, an expert on media literacy offers advice you can use to develop habits to exert more conscious control over your news intake.

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