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The Invisible World Has A Funky Fresh BeatInvisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:51:00 -0500
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2015/01/13/376898041/the-invisible-world-has-a-funky-fresh-beatInvisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.

]]>Adam FrankWho Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More PassThe subject long been considered essential to a well-rounded education, but it's also been a subject that keeps millions of people from getting a degree.Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:03:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/10/09/354645977/who-needs-algebraThe subject long been considered essential to a well-rounded education, but it's also been a subject that keeps millions of people from getting a degree.

]]>Elissa NadwornyDebate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest <em>Intelligence Squared</em> debate.Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:17:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/347145921/debate-should-schools-embrace-the-common-coreThe Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

]]>NPR StaffA Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/09/18/349341606/why-the-math-of-the-ebola-epidemic-is-so-scaryHealth leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

]]>Michaeleen DoucleffCut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), TooA British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:50:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/19/323656819/cut-your-cake-and-keep-it-fresh-tooA British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.

]]>Eliza BarclayStudy: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic MathJapan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/08/230462954/study-u-s-adults-below-average-in-literacy-basic-mathJapan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.

]]>Scott NeumanScientists Put A 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers On Brain MapEver wondered how Dustin Hoffman's character in <em>Rain Man</em> quickly counted all those toothpicks on the floor? Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. Unlike Hoffman's Ray, though, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:41:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/06/219246974/scientists-put-a-sixth-sense-for-numbers-on-brain-mapEver wondered how Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man quickly counted all those toothpicks on the floor? Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. Unlike Hoffman's Ray, though, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.

]]>Michaeleen DoucleffMath Class Made Delicious: Learn About Cones Through Scones"Conic sections" are the four kinds of curves that result when a plane slices through a cone. But if you forgot that bit of high school algebra, here's one way to make sure you digest the lesson — this time, in a most delicious form: scones.Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:42:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/05/199150781/edible-math-class-learn-about-cones-through-scones"Conic sections" are the four kinds of curves that result when a plane slices through a cone. But if you forgot that bit of high school algebra, here's one way to make sure you digest the lesson — this time, in a most delicious form: scones.

]]>April FultonIs Mathematics A Criterion For Truth In The Natural World?Is math a truth or a human invention? In this age-old question lies an interesting analogy with sports, and perhaps a resolution to the conundrum. <strong>Updated </strong>with sources for further reading on the math as invention vs. discovery controversy.Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:42:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/03/13/174206708/is-mathematics-a-criterion-for-truth-in-the-natural-worldIs math a truth or a human invention? In this age-old question lies an interesting analogy with sports, and perhaps a resolution to the conundrum. Updated with sources for further reading on the math as invention vs. discovery controversy.

]]>Marcelo GleiserPioneering Mathematician David Blackwell, 1919-2010David Blackwell, a pioneering mathematician, died at age 91.Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:08:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/07/19/128627863/pioneering-mathematician-david-blackwell-1919-2010David Blackwell, a pioneering mathematician, died at age 91.