You might have noticed how your chocolate bars have been getting smaller but have stayed roughly the same price. This is called shrinkflation – it is a cunning way of raising prices without actually raising the price of the product you are buying off the shelf. It is only when you sit down and do […]
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… the human brain is made up of more neurons than there are stars in the galaxy – over 100 billion. Pathways in your brain are rewired second to second as you learn to do new things.
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Cooking using ratios is much easier than working from a set recipe.
It takes around four months to produce a new vaccine, meaning that when pandemic strikes, vaccines won’t be the first line of defence. Instead researchers rely on mathematical models which predict how a disease might spread.
Every day we put our trust in the buildings and vehicles around us, feeling confident that they aren’t going to collapse while we use them. One of the main reasons for this confidence is that a small army of engineers is constantly testing our planes, trains and buildings, looking for cracks or defects so that […]
If a suspect leaves a trail of footprints at a crime scene then they are probably very close to being caught. Footprints are highly incriminating evidence and yet they present some major challenges to investigators as they can easily be damaged. In a completely different context palaeontologists are also needing to analyse footprints – studying […]
When detectives arrive at the scene of a murder they are presented with lots of evidence, ranging from tiny unseen hairs or particles which could provide DNA, to bigger more noticeable clues such as potential murder weapons. Some of the most gruesome and obvious clues are usually bloodstains, and, by using mathematical analysis, these bloodstains […]
Mathematics is improving the quality of medical imaging, allowing doctors to predict what they will find when they carry out surgery with greater accuracy.
How mathematics is used to compare the performances of Paralympic athletes who experience differing levels of impairment.
If you dream about making a difference in the world, then choosing a career in mathematics can help you to do exactly that. All over the world there are mathematics researchers who are helping tackle some of the greatest problems of the modern day such as climate change or the spread of pandemic diseases. One […]
Find out how maths is used to help aircraft in measuring the wind and how it helps make accurate predictions about the weather.
You might not think that finding your true love and mathematics have much in common, however increasingly you would be wrong. Just like the fact that more people are shopping online every year, more people are also dating online. The online dating industry is worth an estimated £300 million each year in the UK and […]
Imagine you are a farmer who owns an orchard. One of your greatest fears is that blight spreads through your orchard, destroying your crops and ruining your livelihood. You therefore want to know how best to plant your trees in order to minimise the chance of the blight taking over. Mathematicians have modelled this problem […]
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