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July 7, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Did Mahmoud Ahmadinejad really win a landslide election on the 12th of June 2009? Many believe that he didn't, but only a full election rerun scrutinised by independent observers would bring absolute certainty. With this possibility thoroughly off the cards, as the Guardian Council has made clear, some analysts have had a long and hard look at the figures released by the very government accused of doing the rigging, to see if they reveal evidence of fraud. Labels: Latest news posted by Plus @ 8:29 AM 1 Comments:

July 7, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Meet the fastest mathematician on EarthFancy crashing through the sound barrier in a rocket propelled car that goes all the way up to 1000mph? Well, we can't give you that experience, but we can get you as close as any maths magazine ever will. Last week we interviewed Andy Green, currently the fastest man on Earth (and Oxford maths graduate), who's now gearing up to break his own land speed record in his Bloodhound SSC — a pencil shaped car powered by a Eurofighter aircraft engine. The car is currently being simulated on super computers, exploiting the full power of computational fluid dynamics and all sorts of other bits of engineering maths, and it's just about to move into the construction phase. You will be able to read our interview and an article on the maths that makes Bloodhound possible in the September issue of Plus, but meanwhile go and visit the Bloodhound SSC website. It tells you all there is to know about this engineering adventure, the car, and the team behind it. There's a substantial education programme associated to the project — you can sign up for engineering and maths based teaching resources, from instructions to build your own balloon powered car to experimenting with the speed of sound. You can also sign up for an email newsletter, or follow Bloodhound on Twitter. posted by Plus @ 7:33 AM 0 Comments: 
June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thwack! Grunt! Wimbledon has started! And perhaps the unusually sunny weather this year might be an omen for an unheard of event... could this be the year of a British Wimbledon Champion? We don't have the answer to that question, but you can test yourself and see what it takes to be a Wimbledon champion with our latest puzzle! posted by Plus @ 11:15 AM 0 Comments: 
June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Last week's BBC programme The price of life highlighted the plight of cancer sufferers awaiting a decision by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, on a new drug that could add years to their lives. If approved by NICE, the drug, called revlimid and used to treat a cancer called multiple myeloma, could be prescribed freely on the NHS. If rejected, the prohibitive cost would spell the end of the line for many patients. In the light of the suffering facing myeloma patients and their families, the main criterion for NICE's decisions — costeffectiveness — seems almost inhumane. But exactly what kind of mathematical considerations go into NICE's calculations? Labels: Health and medicine, Latest news posted by Plus @ 12:00 PM 0 Comments: 
June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In our second online poll to find out what Plus readers would most like to know about the Universe, you told us that you'd like to know if the constants of nature really are constant. We took the question to cosmologist John D. Barrow, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and here is his answer. Please feel free to discuss the answer by leaving a comment on this blog. We'll periodically check back with the experts to try and answer interesting further questions. This article is part of a series to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The third poll to find out what you'd like to know most about the Universe is open now, so get voting! Labels: IYA2009 posted by Plus @ 1:15 PM 6 Comments:

June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This special double issue of Plus is cause for celebration: both of the endeavours of physics to understand our Universe, and of the writers of tomorrow who may help explain it. We explore the frontiers of modern physics: searching for alien life in space and exotic particles in the LHC, looking through the Hubble Space Telescope, imagining a holographic Universe, and wrestling with one of the biggest problems in modern physics. And the winners of the Plus new writers award 2009 explore the most beautiful equation of them all, explain the credit crunch, and unveil the curse of good looks. We raise a toast to mathematics and physics — to all the explorers of the new frontiers and the new writers who can take us there! posted by Plus @ 1:26 PM 0 Comments: 