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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.

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.

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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.


 

Physician
$187,199/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
$139,670/yr
$98,380/yr
$166,400/yr
Geologist
$160,910/yr
Mathematician
$152,140/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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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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