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We've Finally Solved The Mystery Of How Monarch Butterflies Navigate Thousands Of Kilometres

Each year, the migratory monarch butterfly embarks on an extraordinary journey from eastern North America to central Mexico. A multidisciplinary team of scientists has now created a model circuit that finally explains how these insects are able to navigate across such vast distances.


Vintage Mechanical Calculator Shows Why It's A Bad Idea To Divide By Zero

Everyone learns in primary school that you can’t divide by zero, but few of us ever learn (or fully understand) why. The stock answer is that it gives you an answer of infinity. The truth is a bit more nuanced than that, and an old mechanical calculator offers the perfect illustration.


Does Infinity Really Exist?

Our universe appears to be bound by a finite set of laws, yet we often talk about things that go on for an eternity. “Infinity” is a strange idea. But it’s crucial if you want to understand anything from philosophy to mathematics. Here’s why.


This Fractal Generator Is More Beautiful Than The Hypnotic Patterns It Creates

Designer Love Hultén is probably best known for his Pixel Vision, a tiny portable gaming machine made of wood that’s reminiscent of the folding Game Boy Advance. His latest creation doesn’t play games, but it does generate mesmerising fractals guaranteed to burn hours of time.


Science Seems Like Magic As This Spilled Couscous Perfectly Organizes Itself

Video: Science presenter Steve Mould used a simple bow to demonstrate how when played like a violin, a metal plate will resonate and cause a bunch of spilled couscous to beautifully align into what are known as Chladni figures.


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?


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