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  1. Meet 10-Year-Old Math Genius Esther Okade, Already Killing It At University

    Esther Okade might be ten years younger than normal university students, but she's easily ten years cooler. Even Tony Stark didn't graduate MIT until he was in his late teens.

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  2. Women In STEM, the White House Wants to Hear Your Stories!

    And we do too, by the by.

    Of the many reasons why STEM fields aren't traditionally dominated by women, perceived lack of relevant role models might be the easiest to fix. After all, it's not like incredible female scientists haven't already made significant achievements in their fields ; more often, they're just not given the credit they deserve.

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  3. Pixar Explains How Animators Use Math to Make Movie Magic

    Okay, but then why don't you guys know that 4 is too many?

    Sure, high school Carolyn, you don't need math for anything in the "real world." But what if you don't want to live in the real world? What if you want a rad career at Pixar? What then, you dilly-dally!? In this fascinating video from Numberphile, Pixar animators explain the math behind their movies and prove they really know their stuff.

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  4. Maryam Mirzakhani Becomes First Woman to Earn Fields Medal for Mathematics in Its 78 Year History

    Mathematical!

    The Fields Medal, or the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, has been awarded to 2 to 4 mathematicians under the age of 40 every four years since 1936. This year, for the first time, it will be awarded to a female mathematician: Iranian born Maryam Mirzakhani.

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  5. In Which Vi Hart Explains Why Some Infinities Are Bigger Than Others [VIDEO]

    Mathemagical!

    I have a vague grade school memory of countering someone's declaration that they were cooler than me "times infinity" with my being cooler than them "times infinity plus one." Turns out, my claim has at least some potential for validity, because infinities come in different sizes. I'll let the brilliant Vi Hart explain.

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  6. Today Is The Last Day Of The World Science Festival, Catch The Final Livestreams Right Here

    Get a little science on your Sunday.

    Today is the last day of the World Science Festival in Brooklyn! If you've missed out so far, don't worry - you can catch livestreams of the final events right here at 1pm, 4pm, and 5pm EDT.

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  7. Mathematical Model Predicts Computers Will Never Become Self-Aware, Saves Us From Judgment Day

    Unless the computers they used for their calculations are trying to throw us off track...

    A scientific model of how consciousness works in the human brain might mean that it's mathematically impossible for computers to ever become self aware. So, we're never going to all get slaughtered/enslaved by robots! Well, not robots that think for themselves, anyway.

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  8. Rhesus Monkeys Can Do Math, Time to Trade in Your TI-84 and Get Yourself a Math Monkey

    Alright. Your calculator is still probably better at math, but it's not as cute.

    As the saying goes, if you put 100 monkeys with typewriters in a room long enough, you'll get Hamlet. That's not true, but apparently if you put some rhesus monkeys in a room with numbers and reward them for choosing the right one long enough, you can get them to do math.

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  9. STEM Hiring Managers Often Favor Male Candidates, Says Yet Another Study

    Sigh. These findings aren't groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn't just about encouraging interested students -- it's about making sure those students can get jobs one day.

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  10. 6 Carefully Calculated Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

    Sock It To 'Em Ada

    Three-point-one-four cheers for Pi Day! Yes, it’s March 14, the day when nerds revel in the intersection of math puns and dessert consumption. While eating pie is the best and most correct way to commemorate the day, I’m here to recommend some more colorful activities, intended to please your brain rather than your belly. Not that I’m scrapping tradition entirely. A thematically appropriate pie pairing is suggested for each activity.

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  11. ViHart Tries to Bake Cookies, Only Bakes Math

    om nom nom

    MATH, I said MATH. And anyway, you cook... never mind. Mathy-lady ViHart got together with mathy friends Andrea Hawksley, and Gwen and Ruth Fisher, and tried to make shortbread cookies without demonstrating any higher geometry concepts. They failed, but it was a delicious failure. Previously in Math

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  12. Guys, There’s a Paper That Describes the Relationship Between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy Using Math

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    "A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in romantic relation-ships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are described through ordinary differential equations…. A series of small discoveries can give rise to a sudden turning-point in the development of a love story. In mathematical terms these turning-points are nothing but so-called catastrophes, which, in the case of Pride and Prejudice, are technically revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation.” — Discover has a lingo-laced excerpt from the paper "A mathematical model of 'pride and prejudice'" ("as a consequence of the letter the upper saddle-node bifurcation curve is crossed from below and this crossing implies a discontinuous jump from x’ to x”’..."), plus a graph. A graph. It's so beautiful. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. This Guy Probably Just Won A Million Dollars For Doing Math; Suddenly Wish I Was Better At Math

    This prize is sweeter than 3.1415926535897.

    Okay, so it's not the most foolproof of "get-rich-quick" schemes, but one man from Kazakhstan may have just become a millionaire - through math. Spending the last thirty years working on a math proof that has stumped mathematicians for decades, Mukhtarbay Otelbayev thinks he's solved it - and he wants the prize.

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  14. Math Bites Tackles Binary Numbers [VIDEO]

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Math whiz Danica McKeller is back with another episode of her new web series Math Bites! Check out the first episode here. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. According To This Mathematical Model, Facebook Will Lose 80% Of Its Followers In The Next Few Years

    Nowhere does the paper mention what effect that moms joining Facebook has on the population.

    Facebook's reckoning is any day now, we expect. Oh, sure, they claim to have reached over 1.1 billion people since May of last year, but we're all getting tired of it, right? Two engineers from Princeton University think the site has peaked and will probably see a rapid decrease in users, and they've got the math to back up their claim.

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  16. Danica McKellar’s New Nerdist Channel Show, “Math Bites,” Is Kind of Adorable (Though It Needs A Better Name)

    Well, now we just want pie.

    While we can't quite figure out whether it's geared towards kids or not, we definitely love that Danica McKellar is doing a show for the Nerdist that's all about her love of math. This first episode is all about Pi and features a cover of the first hundred or so digits set to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies." That's all you can ask for, really.

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  17. Danica McKellar Tries To Make You Hate Math Less In Her New Webseries [VIDEO]

    Oh Really?

    Having an older brother who teaches math in a way that wouldn't bore you our of your mind, I can appreciate Danica McKellar's (yes, Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) work here. Anyway, it's a new series on The Nerdist YouTube channel called "Math Bites," with new episodes every Thursday. Give it a watch, especially when she kicks it up a notch around 3:14 (HA HA HA). You may even see a few other familiar faces. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  18. Fractal Pancakes, Making Fractal Pancakes. Take A Fractal and I’ll Put It In a Pancake.

    Oh My Stars and Garters

    Nathan Shields, who's made pancakes that look like dinosaurs, The Hobbit characters, and parasites (lovely), now does the same with fractals. Edible math. It's the best kind. (via: Wired) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  19. Mathematicians Wrote a Paper on How the Zombie Apocalypse Won’t Kill Us All, Made Us Grateful for Math

    Wait, could we have majored in zombie math? We've made a huge mistake.

    Building on the work of another paper about how a zombie apocalypse would go down, because that's a thing mathematicians apparently work on, Caitlyn Witkowski of Bryant University and Brian Blais of Brown University have written a paper on their mathematical findings that a zombie apocalypse wouldn't wipe us all out, so that's comforting.

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  20. Things We Saw Today: Sailor Freddie Mercury

    Things We Saw Today

    If you're on Tumblr chances are you've already seen this making the rounds, but if you're not... well, it's too amazing not to share. (Tumblr)

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