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In this podcast we explore how ants have helped humans to solve some very difficult problems.

Find out how these humble animals have inspired computer algorithms to solve complex real-world problems.

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

From flocks of starlings to spiral galaxies: this article explores examples of emergent phenomena in nature.

Many things in nature seem to be striving for a purpose — the carefully choreographed flocking of birds is an example. Are these birds really smart enough to follow a common goal? Find out with these articles.

Find out how a square grid and some simple rules can generate complex patterns and life-like behaviour.

Human beings are wilful and don't always act rationally. Yet, mathematical models of the behaviour of crowds are surprisingly accurate.

Should machines be allowed to make decisions that impact people's lives?

Will sophisticated algorithms one day replace mathematicians?

Find out how a little bit of maths can enable a machine to learn from experience.