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Summer is bug season

Summer plans may take you outside a lot more. And that usually means dealing with pesky bugs. Better carry insect repellent if you're going to be outdoors.

Unfortunately, there's more to worry about in dealing with bugs than swatting them out of your face or away from your food. Many carry diseases such as malaria that can effect you long term, or worse, can even be fatal.

Best ... job ... EVER.

Somehow we missed this one. But the story is still valid.

After research and polling conducted last year by CareerCast.com on the best and worst jobs in the U.S., the results are in and, you guessed it, math is on top. (What site did you think you were on?)

The Wall Street Journal fills us in.

In living color

Here's an interesting story of a girl in Michigan with Grapheme-Color Synesthesia. In other words, she visualizes each digit, zero through nine, as a different color.

For her, and others with the same condition, it adds a new splash to math work.

A smooth ride

An interesting turn: now we're using math to "beat out" the laws of physics.

Looping roller coasters have been around for over 150 years. And for much of that time, they've produced the same feeling for riders.

Now, using mathematics, designers in Sweden have plotted what might be the smoothest loop for amusement park-goers.

"A One and a Two..." -- Math and Music

Everyone knows that making music is inseparably connected with numbers.

Yes, sharks too!

As highly anticipated events go, everyone knows there's Christmas, birthdays and ... Shark Week.

And for good reason, we're getting ready to turn out attention to these marine predators once again. It turns out there's more inside that head than fierce, jagged teeth.

If you've got a mind for math...

As you've seen, this entire site is dedicated to the opportunities available in math. There are more career options out there than most people realize.

Hurricane patterns explained by math formulas

Meteorologists make their living predicting storm movements. In most areas, air streams follow certain patterns that help weather forecasters in their work.

Mathematicians have now added another element to weathercasting: Predicting the energy which large storms, especially hurricanes, will produce.

Do you have what it takes?

President Obama's administration predicts the U.S. will need 250,000 new teachers in the next five years. Of those, at least 10,000 math and science teachers will be required in order for the U.S. to keep up with other countries.

Predicting the win

A mathematical formula developed by researchers in the UK predicts a "clear favorite" for Sunday's World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands, and offers an explanation for the outcomes of previous matches.

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
$126,000/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Biologist
$97,070/yr
$105,610/yr
Urban Planner
$98,060/yr
$111,440/yr
$113,068/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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