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Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies, new study finds

The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments from different cultures. more...

Maths: Smart learning software helps children during lockdowns -- and beyond

Intelligent tutoring systems for math problems helped pupils remain or even increase their performance during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from five million exercises done by around 2,700 pupils in Germany over a period of five years. The study found that particularly lower-performing children benefit if they use the software regularly. more...

What math tells us about social dilemmas

Human coexistence depends on cooperation. Individuals have different motivations and reasons to collaborate, resulting in social dilemmas, such as the well-known prisoner's dilemma. Scientists now present a new mathematical principle that helps to understand the cooperation of individuals with different characteristics. more...

New chip opens door to AI computing at light speed

Engineers have developed a new chip that uses light waves, rather than electricity, to perform the complex math essential to training AI. The chip has the potential to radically accelerate the processing speed of computers while also reducing their energy consumption. more...

Swarming cicadas, stock traders, and the wisdom of the crowd

The springtime emergence of vast swarms of cicadas can be explained by a mathematical model of collective decision-making with similarities to models describing stock market crashes. more...

How does a 'reverse sprinkler' work? Researchers solve decades-old physics puzzle

For decades scientists have been trying to solve Feynman's Sprinkler Problem: How does a sprinkler running in reverse work? Through a series of experiments, a team of mathematicians has figured out how flowing fluids exert forces and move structures, thereby revealing the answer to this long-standing mystery. more...

New method flips the script on topological physics

The branch of mathematics known as topology has become a cornerstone of modern physics thanks to the remarkable -- and above all reliable -- properties it can impart to a material or system. Unfortunately, identifying topological systems, or even designing new ones, is generally a tedious process that requires exactly matching the physical system to a mathematical model. Researchers have demonstrated a model-free method for identifying topology, enabling the discovery of new topological materials using a purely experimental approach. more...

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March 2024

🐇 Easter Activities
🐇 New Resources
🐇 Functional Skills
🐇 Pi Day
🐇 World Book Day
🐇 Poetry Day

March's Newsletter :: Podcasts

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February 2024

🐸 Leap Year
🐸 Integration Flowchart
🐸 International Baccalaureate
🐸 GCSE Maths Earnings
🐸 Steep Learning Curve
🐸 February Special Days

February's Newsletter :: Podcasts

January 2024

📆 New Year Puzzle
📆 Cathetus Theorem
📆 School Holiday Activities
📆 Betting Odds
📆 Why Learn Maths?
📆 Biggest Number

January's Newsletter :: Podcasts

December 2023

⛄ Festive Puzzle
⛄ ChristMaths Collection
⛄ AIs Disagree
⛄ New Maths Resources
⛄ More or Less
⛄ Advent Calendar

December's Newsletter :: Podcasts

November 2023

🧨 Puzzle of the Month
🧨 Fibonacci Day
🧨 AI now has eyes!
🧨 New Maths Resources
🧨 Firewords
🧨 Gross Joke

November's Newsletter :: Podcasts

October 2023

🎃 Whopping Million
🎃 Updated Resources
🎃 Pattern Clues
🎃 Teaching Strategies
🎃 Halloween
🎃 Number Bases Joke!

October's Newsletter :: Podcasts

September 2023

🎯 Divided Dartboard
🎯 Back To School
🎯 Rounding Rules
🎯 How do you say 92?
🎯 Talk Like a Pirate
🎯 Maths Joke!

September's Newsletter :: Podcasts

August 2023

⛱️Puzzle of the Month
⛱️New Teaching Resources
⛱️Pastimes for Teachers
⛱️Twelfths Rule
⛱️Holiday Snaps
⛱️Extrapolated Joke!

August's Newsletter :: Podcasts

July 2023

🎂 Puzzle of the Month
🎂 Birthday Maths
🎂 Benford's Law
🎂 Doomsday Algorithm
🎂 New Online Exercises
🎂 Continuous or Discrete?

July's Newsletter :: Podcasts

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