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This Babylonian Astronomy Text Changes History

More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple arithmetic. But a newly translated text reveals that these ancient stargazers also used a far more advanced method, one that foreshadows the development of calculus over a thousand years later.


Fractal Analysis Proves People Hate The Suburbs 

A new fractal analysis of London’s dense network of streets and intersections reveals that a green belt meant to encourage migration to the suburbs had the opposite effect. The city has just became denser. People really seem to love urban living, especially in a thriving city like London. The work could shed light on how modern cities evolve, and help guide future urban growth policies.


Meet The 2016 Winners Of The $700,000 Crafoord Prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded its prestigious Crafoord Prize, honouring three scientists who have made outstanding achievements in black hole physics and a special kind of geometry.


Fractals Make This Simple Nine Piece Puzzle A Nightmare To Solve

The complexity of a puzzle is usually dependent on how many tiny pieces are crammed inside its box. But by introducing mathematical fractals into the design, this plain nine-piece puzzle by Oscar van Deventer looks like a nightmare to solve.


The First Mathematical Theory On Why There Are So Many Fricking Men

Men, am I right? They’re everywhere. But why are there so many of them?


No, This Viral Image Does Not Explain The History Of Arabic Numerals

Your cousin’s Facebook friends are probably going nuts over this image that claims to show how the early history of Arabic geometric design informs how we write numerals today. “Each figure contains its own number of corners and angles,” reads the text. That’s half-true of the drawings in the image. The rest is patently false.


Why Mathematicians Are Hoarding This Special Type Of Japanese Chalk

Earlier this year, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk”.


Did You Know You Can Subtract Large Numbers By Adding Them?

Video: The MinutePhysics series has always been a goldmine of interesting facts and science explainers. But prepare to have your mind blown wide open this time as Henry Reich shows you an alternate way to manually subtract large numbers — by doing addition instead.


Singapore's Prime Minister Has Published His Own C++ Sudoku Solver

Everyone needs a hobby. For Lee Hsien Loon, that happens to be writing C++ Sudoku solvers and publishing them on the internet. Lee Hsien Loong also happens to be the Prime Minister of Singapore.


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