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  1. A shape called a spectre covers an infinite plane with some of them a light green connected to a dark green scattered amongst white spectres.
    Math

    A ‘vampire einstein’ tile outdoes mathematicians’ latest feat

    A newfound shape covers an infinite plane with a pattern that doesn’t repeat and without mirror images of the shape.

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  2. An image of a yellow circle with text inside of it and a green circle with math equations inside of it slightly over lap on an ivory background.
    Math

    ‘Once Upon a Prime’ finds the hidden math in literature

    In her new book, mathematician Sarah Hart explains how math shapes all sorts of literary works, from nursery rhymes to Moby-Dick.

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  3. An image of a white half circle at the bottom-center on a starry background. There are 8 arches spreading away from the circle.
    Math

    How Pythagoras turned math into a tool for understanding reality

    Reality was made of numbers, Pythagoras said, and he employed numbers to explain the “harmony of the heavens.”

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  4. A huge tangle of worms on a black backdrop
    Physics

    These worms can escape tangled blobs in an instant. Here’s how

    Tangled masses of California blackworms form over minutes but untangle in tens of milliseconds. Now scientists know how.

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  5. An overhead photo of several pedestrian intersections with lots of people walking through the area.
    Math

    Dense crowds of pedestrians shift into surprisingly orderly lines. Math explains why

    New research into collective behavior adds to decades of study on the wisdom of crowds.

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  6. A photo of the salt flats in Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California in the foreground with mountains and sky in the background.
    Math

    Here’s why the geometric patterns in salt flats worldwide look so similar

    New research suggests the shared geometry of salt flats from Death Valley to Iran comes from fluid flows underground.

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  7. An overhead photo of blotchy vegetation taking up the entire frame.
    Math

    Chia seedlings verify Alan Turing’s ideas about patterns in nature

    New experiments confirm that complex patterns in plants emerge from a model proposed by mathematician Alan Turing.

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  8. An image of several dark blue, gray, white, and light blue, 13-sided tiles interconnected.
    Math

    Mathematicians have finally discovered an elusive ‘einstein’ tile

    After half a century, mathematicians succeed in finding an ‘einstein,’ a shape that forms a tiled pattern that never repeats.

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  9. An image of a black hole
    Math

    Here’s a peek into the mathematics of black holes

    The universe tells us slowly rotating black holes are stable. A nearly 1,000-page proof confirms it.

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