Mathematics - General News

New computational tool predicts cell fates and genetic perturbations

 Mathematics - General News
 01 February 2022
Researchers have built a machine learning framework that can define the mathematical equations describing a cell's trajectory from one state to another, such as its development from a stem cell into one of several different types of mature cell. The framework, called dynamo, can also be used to...

Kinetic theory

 Mathematics - General News
 01 February 2022
Gases and fluids are made up of gazillions of atoms or molecules, yet when we observe them they appear to us as a whole. They have features such as temperature or pressure, which we can easily measure without looking to see what every individual particle is doing. The kinetic theory of gases goes...

A mathematical secret of lizard camouflage

 Mathematics - General News
 27 January 2022
The shape-shifting clouds of starling birds, the organization of neural networks or the structure of an anthill: nature is full of complex systems whose behaviors can be modeled using mathematical tools. The same is true for the labyrinthine patterns formed by the green or black scales of the...

New ways of seeing with the INTEGRAL project

 Mathematics - General News
 27 January 2022
Some of the members of the INTEGRAL team who spoke to us over zoom. From top left: Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, James Woodcock, Angelica Aviles-Rivero, Saurabh Pandey, Sanjay Bisht, Debmita Bandyopadhyay, Rihuan Ke, David Coomes. It's amazing what you can see now thanks to remote imaging technology!...

Proof by picture!

 Mathematics - General News
 21 January 2022
Drawing pictures is incredibly useful when doing maths. They help build your intuition, allow you to have fun playing around, and sometimes pictures can even serve as proof. Below is a selection of articles exploring proofs in which pictures play an important role. If you'd like to try your own...

A new approach to a $1 million mathematical enigma

 Mathematics - General News
 19 January 2022
Numbers like pi, e and phi often turn up in unexpected places in science and mathematics. Pascal's triangle and the Fibonacci sequence also seem inexplicably widespread in nature. Then there's the Riemann zeta function, a deceptively straightforward function that has perplexed mathematicians since...

Solving a crystal's structure when you've only got powder

 Mathematics - General News
 19 January 2022
Crystals reveal the hidden geometry of molecules to the naked eye. Scientists use crystals to figure out the atomic structure of new materials, but many materials can't be grown large enough. Now, a team of researchers report a new technique that can lead to the discovery of the crystalline...

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