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Phantom jams

How to unjam traffic.

The power of snooker

In preparation for this year's snooker world championship, Wim Hordijk finds some powerful maths behind snooker statistics...

Maths in a minute: The Sydney Opera House

The mathematical puzzle behind the iconic structure.

Phenomenal physics

What is a particle phenomenologist?

Looking for love?

Find out how OKCupid's algorithm works.

A geometry for strings

If, as string theory suggests, the world is made of strings, then what does that mean for a geometry of points? Find out more in this video.

Inverse problems save the day

Inverse problems are mathematical detective problems. They can help solve crimes, are used in medical imaging, and much more.

Synchronised swimming

How do green algae manage a perfect breaststroke even though they haven't got a brain? Enter the maths of synchronisation.

The Abel Prize 2019

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck has been awarded the Abel Prize 2019!

Saving whales using Pythagoras

One of the greatest threats to whales is being struck by ships. Find out how Pythagoras' theorem can help avoid this.

Maths in a minute: Flipping pancakes

In time for pancake day here's a problem about flipping pancakes. It turns out to be surprisingly hard.

Our theory of very nearly everything: gravity

What is everything made of? In the final article in this series, Elias Gårding takes us to the very edge of our current knowledge.

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