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Math professor calls Detroit Tigers a favorite to win World Series

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 23, 2012) — Since the Major League Baseball Division Series and League Championship Series have determined which teams will compete in the World Series, NJIT Math Professor Bruce Bukiet has again analyzed the probability of each team taking the title.

"The Detroit Tigers have a solid advantage over the San Francisco Giants. The Tigers, who surprisingly swept the New York Yankees in four straight games in the American League Championship Series to reach the World Series, have a 58 percent chance of beating the Giants in the best of seven series," he said.

At the season's start, Bukiet used his mathematical model to project the number of wins each team should earn...

Neutron experiments give unprecedented look at quantum oscillations

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A "nearly ideal realization" of a physics textbook model: Bands of scattered neutrons (colors at top) correspond to energy levels quantized in 50 meV lumps (bottom). (Credit: Image courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 23, 2012) — Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found that nitrogen atoms in the compound uranium nitride exhibit unexpected, distinct vibrations that form a nearly ideal realization...

The hidden threat posed by inconspicuous stripes

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 22, 2012) — Patterns fascinate. Particularly stripes. Found in nature in zebras, they are also found in the most unlikely places, such as powdered drugs' mixing vessel walls. In an article about to be published in EPJ E, Nirmal Thyagu and his colleagues from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, propose a traffic model to predict the formation of different patterns, ranging from stripes to spots.

Thanks to simulations, Thyagu and colleagues showed the...

Mathematics and the ocean: Movement, mixing and climate modeling

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Emily Shuckburgh of the British Atlantic survey uses mathematical ideas from dynamical systems to study mixing in the Southern Ocean. (Credit: Image courtesy of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 17, 2012) — Studying the dynamics of the ocean system can greatly improve our understanding of key processes of ocean circulations, which have implications for future climate. Can applying mathematics to the research help? Dr. Emily...

Making Sudoku puzzles less puzzling

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For anyone who has ever struggled while attempting to solve a Sudoku puzzle, University of Notre Dame complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Maria Ercsey-Ravasz are coming to the rescue. (Credit: © Jiri Hera / Fotolia)

TechAndComputer (Oct. 11, 2012) — For anyone who has ever struggled while attempting to solve a Sudoku puzzle, University of Notre Dame complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame...