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Feature: How Zombies Can Save Us from a Real Apocalypse
Mathematical modelling of a zombie apocalypse has real-world applications in our responses to infectious diseases such as Ebola and HIV, wildlife conservation and even the teaching of statistics.
Feature: The World’s Oldest and Most Accurate Trigonometry Table
By decoding an ancient stone tablet, researchers have realised that the Babylonians employed a form of trigonometry that is very different to our own.
Browse: Fern’s Fractals Energise Self-Powering Devices Browse: Rangers Turn to Maths to Scramble Animal Poachers
Environmental scientists have developed a low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths.
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Feature: Chasing the Meaning of Zero
It took early mathematicians until 400 BC to determine the concept of zero, yet the simple bee brain can be trained to recognise an “empty set” within a few hours.
Feature: The Data Detective
Michael Aitken made his name developing software to detect stockmarket fraud, and now believes he can save the health sector $20 billion by detecting fraud and waste.
Browse: Mathematicians Automate Gender Recognition Browse: Models Predict Location of New Megafauna Fossils
Browse: Cricketers Adopt Guided Missile Maths Browse: Toy Choice Influences Child Literacy and Numeracy
conSCIENCE: Serendipity, Your Number Is Up
Science, technology, engineering and maths skills are needed to build the nation, but student and teacher numbers are in decline.
conSCIENCE: Maths Teaching Faces a Crisis
With student numbers swelling, new graduate teachers alone cannot make up for the impending retirement of many mathematically qualified teachers.
Cool Careers: A Career Begins by Candlelight
Robyn Arianrhod studies general relativity and writes books on the history of science, but it is her own history that is most unusual.
Directions: No More Studies: It’s Time for STEM Action
The STEM situation is desperate and needs to be addressed as a high priority.
Eco Logic: “Robots” vs Environmental Managers
Can automated algorithms do better than humans in conservation games?
Naked Skeptic: One, Two, Three! What Are We Counting For?
Number abuse is rife in online forums and even science news websites.
Naked Skeptic: But Is It Science?
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but that’s not always possible with science.
Simon Says: Engineer in Charge
Redefining pepper and implanting STEM cells are on the agenda of the new Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science.
Up Close: The world by numbers: How mathematics explains objects and events
Mathematician Prof Chris Budd discusses how mathematics seeks to explain and predict real life phenomena, from the simple movement of objects to complex “chaotic” systems such as the weather.
Up Close: Counting the coast: Modeling the oceans of a warming planet
Climate modeler Dr Kathy McInnes describes what mathematical modeling can tell us about the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on our coastlines.
Up Close: Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function
Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise.
Up Close: Contagion calculation: Forecasting and tracking outbreaks of influenza
Epidemiologist Assoc Prof Jodie McVernon discusses research into tracking and predicting the spread of influenza and other viral diseases like Ebola.
Up Close: The social life of algorithms: Shaping, and being shaped by, our world
Informatics researcher Professor Paul Dourish explains how algorithms, as more than mere technical objects, guide our social lives and organization, and are themselves evolving products of human social actions.
Online Feature: Numbers game: the Australian Open and predicting success
Most of the focus of the Australian Open will be on the contenders for the men's and women's singles championships, but behind the superstars are the journeys of younger, less-experienced players. Who is on their way to the top ten in the next few years? And who will never make it into the top 100? Michael Bane writes that sports data science provides some insight into the potential for future success - and failure.