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December 18, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
If you are looking for something to while away the holiday, then this issue has plenty of ideas for you! We explore the power of origami to solve ancient (and very modern) problems, find the maths in fashion, and marvel at the complexities of church bell ringing. But it's not all fun and games, as we investigate the controversies surrounding breast screening and the maths behind druginduced hallucinations, find out how to predict the impact of natural catastrophes, and answer some deep questions about the Universe. posted by Plus @ 3:55 PM 0 Comments: 
December 11, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
In our online poll to find out what Plus readers would most like to know about the Universe you told us that you'd like to find out if time travel is allowed. We took the question to Kip Thorne, Feynmann Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology, and here is his answer. Labels: IYA2009 posted by Plus @ 11:05 AM 4 Comments:

December 11, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Professor riskAre you a committed nonsmoker who loves rock climbing? Then, like most of us, your have an ambivalent attitude to risk. Some risks are so much fun they're worth taking, and others you definitely stay clear of. But what's the attitude of a risk professional like David Spiegelhalter, Cambridge Professor of Public Understanding of Risk (and regular contributor to Plus)? Find out in this short video posted on the Cambridge Ideas website. posted by Plus @ 3:41 PM 0 Comments: 
December 3, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Vaccination is an emotive business. The furore around the MMR vaccine and autism has shown that vaccination health scares can cause considerable damage: stop vaccinating, and epidemics are sure to follow. But how do scientists decide whether a vaccine and a vaccination strategy are effective and safe? We talk to Paddy Farrington, Professor of Statistics at the Open University. You can also read the accompanying article. Labels: epidemiology, Health and medicine, podcast posted by Plus @ 12:43 PM 0 Comments: 
December 3, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Infectious diseases hardly ever disappear from the headlines. If it's not the disease itself that hits the news, then it's the vaccines with their potential side effects. It can be hard to tell the difference between scare mongering and responsible reporting, because media coverage rarely provides a look behind the scenes. How do scientists reach the conclusions they do? How do they predict how a particular disease will spread, and whether it is likely to mutate into a more dangerous strand? And how do they assess the impact of an intervention like vaccination, and make sure that a vaccine is safe? Two answer these questions, we have put together a package of five articles, a podcast, and a classroom activity. Labels: epidemiology, Health and medicine, Latest news posted by Plus @ 12:50 PM 0 Comments: 
November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
An amateur fractal programmer has discovered a new 3D version of the Mandelbrot set. Daniel White's new creation is based on similar mathematics as the original 2D Mandelbrot set, but its infinite intricacy extends into all three dimensions, revealing fractal worlds of amazing complexity and beauty at every level of magnification. Labels: Latest news posted by Plus @ 9:45 AM 6 Comments:
