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Archive for May, 2016

New Algorithm to predict Tsunamis

May28

Scientists at the Australian National University have a plan to improve tsunami warning systems around the globe: they’ve built an algorithm. Using data from monitors in the ocean and modeling what a tsunami looked like when it was birthed, the team of researchers can better predict how big it is, where it’s going, and who’s […]

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The leaning power of PISA

May12

When I was at university one of our senior lecturers was a widely recognized Coastal Geomorphologist. In other words, he was an expert on coastal landforms. I don’t remember anything he taught but I do remember vividly a story he told – which in itself is food for thought for how we teach Mathematics? The […]

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Math Equations Delay Flight

May8

An Italian maths professor was recently escorted off an American Airlines flight after a fellow passenger feared his mysterious scribbling on a notepad was evidence that he was a terrorist. In fact Guido Menzio was working on an equation connected with a presentation on price-setting he was due to present. He was flying from Philadelphia […]

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How to fix decline in Math Scores

May5

Recent data released in New Zealand paints an alarming picture of decline in Mathematics scores for Primary School leavers. These students then enter High School without the math skills to succeed. Here are some of the results: “Maths scores have been declining since 2002, according to OECD data. National Standards figures show a slight climb […]

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