STEM Degrees May Be Expensive But They Are Worth It

There seems to be a common belief amongst Americans that we don’t do science or math that well. Read many of the articles floating around on the internet and you’ll notice the majority of them make the point that our universities aren’t producing enough STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates. The actual truth behind those […]

MendelWeb: All About Gregor Mendel

MendelWeb – An Electronic Science/Math/History Resource for the WWW. ‘MendelWeb was conceived and constructed by Roger B. Blumberg and is an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science. Constructed around Gregor Mendel’s 1865 paper “Versuche über […]

Predicting Cognitive Abilities with Finger Measurements

See Those Fingers? Do the Math. ‘Boys with the longest ring fingers relative to their index fingers tend to excel in math, according to a new study. In girls, shorter ring fingers predict better verbal skills. The link, according to the researchers, is that testosterone levels in the womb influence both finger length and brain […]

Fibonacci Numbers and Nature

Fibonacci spirals in nature could be stress-related. ‘The Fibonacci sequence – in which each successive number is the sum of its two preceding numbers – regularly crops up in nature. It describes the number of petals around daisies, how the density of branches increases up a tree trunk, and how a pine cone’s scales are […]

Bubbles Puzzles

Solution to Bubble Puzzle Pops Out. ‘With a key mathematical insight, a pair of theorists has solved a 5-decades-old puzzle as easily as you might burst a soap bubble with a pin. The new result lets researchers predict whether a bubble in foam will grow or shrink. More than a mere curiosity, the mathematical relation […]