Math in Hospitals

Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. People with anemia often don't realize they have the disease until the symptoms are serious and dangerous, but a collaboration between a physician-researcher and a mathematician may disrupt this pattern.

Read more about the mathematical analysis that can predict who will become anemic almost 3 months before anyone usually starts noticing symptoms.

Something to Scream About

A ride built on Coney Island in 1895 took roller coasters to a whole new level; its twists and turns were so extreme that they knocked riders out.  Literally.

Dr. Black Has Been Murdered

Detective Jill must determine the murderer, crime scene, and weapon. There are six possible murderers, 10 locations, and six weapons. Detective Jill tries to guess the correct combination then asks her assistant, Jack, to confirm or refute each theory.  

Caves and Equations

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is the largest cave in the world, with more than 390 miles of passageway and new discoveries adding several miles to this total each year.

Black Holes Revealed

Some clever math may have solved one of space’s greatest mysteries: the amount of dark matter in the universe.

But this discovery may have raised more questions than it answered. Check it out.

Math That Can See Right Through You

Using some clever math, researchers have figured out how to “see” through opaque materials.

Learn more about the matrix that could make it possible to see through walls.

Invincible Formula

A new kind of computer can crunch through our frequently used data encryption algorithms, creating a data security crisis.  

But it turns out that an obscure thirty-year-old code is resistant to all known decryption methods.  See what makes this formula different.

Food Poisoning? Not If Math Can Help It…

Smoked salmon is a gourmet favorite, but unfortunately it’s also a big hit with microbial bacteria.

Math Performing Heart Surgery

People are as different on the inside as they are on the outside, so deciding which surgery to perform is sometimes a life-or-death guessing game. 

However, a professor at Stanford University has created a computer program that models each patient's unique cardiovascular system, taking the guesswork out of major heart surgery.  Click here to read the full article.

The Creative Side of Math

An artist and his math prodigy son have teamed up in an unusual use of math: origami. They've used complex math formulas to create sculptures that are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Click here to read more about their math expertise and creative process.


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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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