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If you got lost, could math help find you?

A group of researchers from BYU believes so.

Professor Michael Goodrich and his group of graduate student researchers have formulated algorithms that could aid rescue teams in narrowing down possible locations of lost hikers.

"A lot of search and rescue has a fairly mathematical component," said Professor Goodrich.

Calculating the "impossible" soccer kick

Brazilian soccer player Roberto Carlos probably never expected that his near-impossible goal would become a mathematical study.

Read this article from WIRED Magazine on the historic kick, and mathematicians' work to calculate a formula describing it.

Math is Beautiful, Too

The world is obsessed with beautiful people, things and places.

Adam Frank's blog on NPR explores the beauty of the Euler Identity. What in math is beautiful to you?

Mathematicians vs. The World View

You've no doubt seen portrayals of crazy mathematicians or inaccurate representations of the study of mathematics in popular culture.

Skills in Math, Chess and Music

This New York Times article profiles Noam Elkies, a rare "triple-prodigy" in math, chess and music.

Math in Heathcare

This article from Science Daily shows one application for math in the field of medicine.

Top Five Careers

Here's another listing of five top careers for students with math skills.

"For those with a substantial background in mathematics, an unlimited number of career opportunities are available," the article reports. See what math can do for you.

Fields Medal winners announced

Winners of the 2010 Fields Medal, known as the "Nobel Prize of Math," were announced Thursday at the International Congress of Mathematics in Hyderabad, India.

 

Click here to read the news release.

Head back to school with new math software

Microsoft just unveiled new add-ins for its 2010 Office Suite which include a handy new math feature.

According to a company statement, "Microsoft Mathematics Add-in for Word and OneNote makes it easy to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, calculate numerical results, solve equations or inequalities, and simplify algebraic expressions in your Word documents and OneNote notebooks."

If you're not a morning person...

...this is probably not the product for you.

The most recent push in the war against the "snooze" button is the Twist Alarm Clock, a contraption that not only wakes you up, but whose alarm won't shut off until you solve an arithmetic problem.

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Actuary
$160,000/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Mathematician
$152,140/yr
$166,400/yr
$165,000/yr
Hydrologist
$112,490/yr
$111,440/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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May

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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