What Are the Odds That You Might See a Meteoroid While Skydiving?

You've seen the footage of a rock falling past a skydiver. It looks like this particular object might be a rock accidentally packed in his parachute. So we've done the statistical analysis to figure out what the real chances are that a skydiver would eventually see a meteoroid. » 4/09/14 11:25pm 4/09/14 11:25pm

Why don't the Simpsons live in a base 8 world?

The latest episode of Numberphile delves into a particularly interesting reference to pi from the Simpsons episode "Marge in Chains," while raising the very valid question as to why the Simpsons – who have eight fingers apiece – don't live in a base eight world. » 10/31/13 12:20pm 10/31/13 12:20pm

This ingenious video converts equations and diagrams into real life

Virtually everything in the Universe is driven by math, though it's often very difficult for us to see it. An illuminating new video by Yann Pineill and Nicholas Lefaucheux corrects this by aligning mathematical equations and complex diagrams alongside the day-to-day machinations of the world around us. » 10/28/13 9:20am 10/28/13 9:20am