Mathematics - General News

Peers crucial in shaping boys' confidence in math skills

 Mathematics - General News
 10 June 2024
Boys are good at math, girls not so much? A study has analyzed the social mechanisms that contribute to the gender gap in math confidence. While peer comparisons seem to play a crucial role for boys, girls' subjective evaluations are more likely to be based on objective performance....

New model allows a computer to understand human emotions

 Mathematics - General News
 04 June 2024
Researchers have developed a model that enables computers to interpret and understand human emotions, utilizing principles of mathematical psychology. In the future, the model can help the computer to adapt its own behavior and guide an irritated or anxious user in different ways. The implications...

Unraveling the physics of knitting

 Mathematics - General News
 04 June 2024
A team used experiments and simulations to quantify and predict how knit fabric response can be programmed. By establishing a mathematical theory of knitted materials, the researchers hope that knitting -- and textiles in general -- can be incorporated into more engineering and manufacturing...

The embryo assembles itself

 Mathematics - General News
 03 June 2024
Biological processes depend on puzzle pieces coming together and interacting. Under specific conditions, these interactions can create something new without external input. This is called self-organization, as seen in a school of fish or a flock of birds. Interestingly, the mammalian embryo develops...

AI-controlled stations can charge electric cars at a personal price

 Mathematics - General News
 31 May 2024
As more and more people drive electric cars, congestion and queues can occur when many people need to charge at the same time. A new study shows how AI-controlled charging stations, through smart algorithms, can offer electric vehicle users personalized prices, and thus minimize both price and...

The murmuration conjecture: finding new maths with AI

 Mathematics - General News
 16 May 2024
Artificial intelligence is changing all our lives - even the lives of mathematicians.  Yang-Hui He tells us about his exciting new conjecture that came about due to both artificial and human intelligence, and reveals patterns in the prime numbers that look like flocks of birds. ...

Century of statistical ecology reviewed

 Mathematics - General News
 14 May 2024
A special review examines highly-cited papers in statistical ecology. The review, which covers a century of research, details how models and concepts have evolved alongside increasing computational power....

Toxic chemicals can be detected with new AI method

 Mathematics - General News
 02 May 2024
Researchers have developed an AI method that improves the identification of toxic chemicals -- based solely on knowledge of the molecular structure. The method can contribute to better control and understanding of the ever-growing number of chemicals used in society, and can also help reduce the...

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