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Science Evolves. Will Science Education?

October 12, 2016

Science is a constantly changing, self-correcting process. Why do we teach it as a collection of old, settled facts?

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

The Art of Teaching Math and Science

October 11, 2016

The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines?

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All Is Not Fair in Cake-Cutting and Math

October 7, 2016

When divvying something up, there’s more than one way to define what’s fair.

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How to Cut Cake Fairly and Finally Eat It Too

October 6, 2016

Computer scientists have come up with a bounded algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Meet the New Math, Unlike the Old Math

October 5, 2016

The latest effort to overhaul math and science education offers a fundamental rethinking of the basic structure of knowledge. But will it be given time to work?

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Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Topology

October 4, 2016

Three physicists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for rewriting our understanding of exotic quantum states on the surfaces of materials.

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Solution: ‘Time Through an LCD Display’

September 30, 2016

Insights about time’s arrow from a liquid crystal universe.

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Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece

September 29, 2016

The author shows how new mathematical techniques can be used to revitalize a 650-year-old work of art.

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Off-the-Shelf Lens Assists Dark Matter Find

September 28, 2016

A camera lens often used by wildlife and sports photographers has helped astronomers learn about dark matter and galaxy formation.