Can predator-prey math help tweak gut bacteria?

A tried-and-true equation is helping researchers make a model of the gut microbiome. That could pave the way for one day tweaking it to boost health.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health-and-medicine antibiotics digestive-system gut-bacteria mathematics microbiomes

Did 90,000 Americans have COVID-19 in early March?

A new COVID-19 model shows how many people over 65 with underlying conditions could be hospitalized. It also digs into underreporting of the pandemic.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

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Giant ice machine leads to glacier ‘slip law’

The huge machine keeps ice at the right temperature to examine how melting glaciers slide. It led to a new "slip law" to benefit future research.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment glaciers ice liquids mathematics sea-levels

Neurons follow invisible patterns during brain formation

A new discovery about brain formation could one day one day allow bioengineers to coax stem cells to grow into replacement body parts.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology brains mathematics neurons stem-cells

Dog brains process numbers a bit like ours do

Dogs process numerical quantities in a brain region similar to the one humans use, which could shed light on the evolution of "numerosity."

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains dogs evolution mathematics numbers

No gender split in child brain function or math skill

"[C]hildren's brains function similarly regardless of their gender..." according to a new neuroimaging study on math ability in boys and girls.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Nov. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture brains gender learning mathematics sexes

Babies get counting words way before we thought

Babies may understand counting words far before they can actually count themselves.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Oct. 24, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology babies cognition mathematics numbers

Test can tell how well kindergarteners will do in school later on

A readiness test can accurately predict which kids will be doing well in school 18 months later and who could use some more support.

Cailin Riley-Missouri • futurity
Oct. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: society-and-culture education mathematics parents prediction reading teachers

These beliefs about learning are holding you back

When learning feels like a struggle, don't think you're just not a "math person" or the like. A new book says to remember that's how improvement happens.

Stanford • futurity
Oct. 4, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture beliefs education learning mathematics

Our skulls fit DaVinci’s ‘golden ratio’

The Golden Ratio is an infinite number often found in nature, art, and mathematics. New research finds that it's in our skulls, too.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: science-and-technology mathematics skulls

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