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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.

Math in Your Bones

In order to enhance your math proficiency, you need to have it in your bones.

This is a great blog post from Math Mojo--a site aiming to help math teachers and enthusiasts in becoming more proficient in practical uses of math.

Schools race to prepare young engineers

The New York Times reports on elementary school engineering programs, which aim to boost STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) training among the next generation.

Formulas Make Art

High school students in San Diego are finding more uses for their math formulas. They're creating art for display in the community.

Read this story from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

More Soccer Science

Here's one more example of how researchers are using science to track (and understand) athletic performance.

"Soccer" or "football" ... or math?

Call it what you will, to scientific researchers, it means math.

As the world turns its attention to South Africa this month for the 19th FIFA World Cup, mathematicians are finding themselves drawn to the event as well. The international football tournament provides another opportunity for mathematicians to study the nature of sport statistics.

And their findings and predictions may surprise you.

Three Puzzles Keep Mathematician in Memory

 

This article from Scientific American presents three puzzles by Martin Gardner, a respected mathematician who died recently. Give 'em a try.

World loses "eminent" mathematician

Vladimir Arnold, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, died Thursday in France. Among many awards and recognitions Arnold received in his professional career, he was presented the Crafoord Prize in 1982 and in 2001, the World Prize in Mathematics.

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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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