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  • Mathematics Inspired Art On Display

    Mathematics Inspired Art On Display

    via news24: “MATHEMATICS is all around us, whether we are [aware of it or not].” So says Mia Brettell, a scholar from East London, who created a human face entirely out of mathematical shapes as her entry in the Eastern Cape’s first Math-Art competition, run by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC). Brettell was one of 113 entrants from 36 high schools across the province, whose maths-inspired artworks are on display at […]

  • 5 Success (And Survival) Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

    5 Success (And Survival) Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

    via Forbes: Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is among the most (in)famous entrepreneurs of our era. His successes (and failure) have been well-documented, yet his unparalleled imagination and innovation have given him incredible resilience. When students from Draper University asked Musk his advice for starting up, he quoted a friend, saying it’s like: “like eating glass and staring into the abyss.” His followup advice for those seeking to follow this path? “DON’T DO IT!” If […]

  • Memory Depends On Protein ‘Off-Switch’

    via ScienceDaily: This new knowledge could enable us to better understand and combat neurological diseases which inhibit memory, such as Alzheimer’s. Dr Mark Wall from Warwick’s School of Life Sciences, with researchers from the University of Bradford and Georgia State University, have found that the Arc protein — which increases in the brain during learning — needs to be rapidly switched off and removed shortly after we have received new information, in order for us to […]

  • Once Lost Archaeology Revealed By Satellite Images And Aerial Photography

    Once Lost Archaeology Revealed By Satellite Images And Aerial Photography

    via ScienceNordic: Using a high tech approach, archaeologists have turned back time and reconstructed a hidden urban landscape in Jerash, Jordan. How do you study ancient cities when they’re hidden from view, covered with hundreds or thousands of years of human development by the growth of towns and cities? For archaeologists like us, it’s a constant dilemma. Recently, we joined forces with archaeologists and geoscientists in Denmark and Germany to tackle this challenge. For the […]

  • Cell Nucleus Size Could Determine How Long You Are Going To Live, Say Scientists

    Cell Nucleus Size Could Determine How Long You Are Going To Live, Say Scientists

    via INDEPENDENT: Once there was a mutant worm in an experiment. It lived for 46 days. This was much longer than the oldest normal worm, which lived just 22. Researchers identified the mutated gene that had lengthened the worm’s life, which led to a breakthrough in the study of ageing – it seemed to be controlled by metabolic processes. Later, as researchers studied these processes, all signs seemed to point to the nucleolus. Under a microscope, […]

  • Natural Connections: Nature Is So Often Much Better Than Fiction

    Natural Connections: Nature Is So Often Much Better Than Fiction

    Sawyer Country Record: Bliss. It was warm enough to wear shorts, but the mosquitoes hadn’t hatched yet, and the spring ephemerals were blooming. Days like that are rare in the Northwoods. So I kidnapped Mollie, the Cable Natural History Museum’s new curator, to show her Juniper Rock overlook on the North Country Trail. In the parking area, two shining clusters of bloodroot flowers spread their white petals to the sun. We took that as a good […]

  • NLG: Technology That Gives Machines A Voice

    NLG: Technology That Gives Machines A Voice

    via NLG: Companies that aren’t investing in artificial intelligence (AI) risk falling behind their competitors. Yet because AI is an umbrella term for several different technologies that each have distinct uses, it is often challenging to know which solution is right for a particular work process. The most well-known subsets of AI are for automating repetitive tasks, machine-learning to give computer systems the ability to “learn” and improve work processes, and natural language processing (NLP), which […]

  • How The Power Of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

    How The Power Of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

    via ScienceDaily: Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new computational way of analysing X-ray images of lungs, which could herald a breakthrough in the diagnosis and assessment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. A multi-disciplinary team of mathematicians, clinicians, and image specialists from three University of Southampton faculties has devised a method for numerically describing the complicated three-dimensional structure of the lung using topology — a part of mathematics […]

  • Why Do So Many Start-ups Fail? Two Surveys Highlight Common Factors

    Why Do So Many Start-ups Fail? Two Surveys Highlight Common Factors

    via Inventors: Failure can be defined in many ways, but the factors involved are often consistent. Other than selling your invention outright, the two primary ways of making money from your invention are licensing it in return for royalties or becoming the “entrepreneurial inventor” and starting a small business to produce your invention and market it yourself. The February 2018 Inventors Digest, which focused on start-ups, began its coverage with statistical evidence of the formidable challenges […]

  • Ten Things You Never Knew About… Biology

    Ten Things You Never Knew About… Biology

    via EXPRESS: MAY 22 is the United Nations World Biodiversity Day, marking the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Rio Earth Summit on May 22, 1992. 1. The convention is the UN’s key document on sustainability, conservation and equitable sharing of resources. 2. The study of living organisms was first called biology in 1799. 3. Before that, the word “biology” was used to refer to biographical writing. 4. The biggest flower in the […]