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Calculators Aren’t Turning us into a Nation of Finger-Counting Simpletons

The pendulum of opinion regarding the use of calculators in schools has swung back into positive territory, with a new report finding that they help students of all ages engage with maths and formulate strategies for solving problems themselves -- as long as the teachers integrate them into lessons appropriately. Read More >>

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Pancake Day: This Mathematical Formula Will Help You Make Perfect Pancakes

This article was originally posted on 9th February 2016. Read More >>

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This Trippy Music Video Is Made of 3D Fractals

What you’re watching isn’t organic, but a computer-generated visualisation of complex mathematics. It’s a three-dimensional fractal. Read More >>

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US FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Known Prime Number Containing a Staggering 23 Million Digits

Using a computer powered by an off-the-shelf Intel Core i5-6600 processor, a FedEx employee from America has discovered the largest prime number known to humanity. At 23,249,425 digits long, it’s nearly a million digits longer than the previous record holder. Read More >>

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You Must Sign This Important Petition Today

As regular readers will know, Gizmodo UK has a long tradition of impartiality. We like to tell the story from both sides: We'll tell you why one side says that you're wrong. And we'll tell you why we agree with them that you're really wrong. Read More >>

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How Many Chicken Nuggets Are in That Giant Chicken?

By now, you’ve definitely seen or at least heard of The Big Chicken. He is large. He contains multitudes. And he is most certainly real. Read More >>

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If You Read Pi Long Enough, You’ll Find Hamlet

It's Pi Day (if you adhere to the US calendar system at least)! Which, okay, whatever, if you were really hardcore about celebrating you'd figure out what nanosecond corresponds to 3.14159 or whatever and pop the Moet then, but you didn't and you won't so whatever, right? But! that doesn't mean we can't still have some fun with the nerdiest holiday in the land, thanks to YouTube mathemagician Vihart. Read More >>

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10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Maths Ability

Calculators are awesome, but they’re not always handy. More to the point, no one wants to be seen reaching for the calculator on their mobile phone when it’s time to figure out a 15 per cent gratuity. Here are ten tips to help you crunch numbers in your head. Read More >>

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Take a Quick Tour of the Mind-Boggling Universe of Mathematics

Maths is often considered synonymous with pain, boredom and frustration. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “ugh, it’s like doing maths.” But maths is beautiful in theory, miraculous when applied, and awe-inspiring at every turn. Read More >>

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A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

I find the history of numbers so much more fascinating than the application of numbers. Who cares about learning calculus when you can geek out on the brief history of numerical systems? Read More >>

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Neatly Wrap Your Christmas Gifts By Following These Mathematical Tricks

Do all the presents you give away over the holidays look like they were wrapped in the dark? Don’t worry: this video features a series of mathematical tricks to help you ensure your gifts always look neatly-wrapped. Read More >>

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The Twisted Logic Behind Why Airlines Sell Too Many Tickets

Each year, tens of thousands of passengers get bumped from their scheduled flights because of overbooking. A new video from TED-Ed explains why companies do it, and why you have a right to be pissed off when it happens. Read More >>

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This Paper Calculator Adds Via a Series of Tubes

Human beings have always created tools for calculating numbers, from the ancient abacus to today’s electronic calculators. But here’s an ingenious calculator drawn on paper—the creation of comic book artist Jason Shiga. And he and the folks at Numberphile have created an explanatory video of how it works. Read More >>

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How Much Pee Would It Take To Turn An Olympic Pool Green?

One of the frothiest stories to bubble forth from the shit-tastic Rio Olympics this week was the sudden, inexplicable greening of not one, but two Olympic pools. Read More >>

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How Futurama Made Maths and Science Funny

Futurama may not make me laugh as hard as other comedies, but its vision of the future and all the shenanigans that come with it have always been enjoyable to watch (throughout all its various cancellations and comebacks). Read More >>