MATH 131 - Calculus I
Fall 2012


Most extensive census of insects, spiders and their relative uncovers 25,246 arthropod species in 1.2 acre section of Panamanian rainforest
bug census

Winning entry explaining "What is a flame?" as judged by over 6000 11-year olds

Website for the flame challenge

Nine year old model of a finite universe as a giant dodecahedron remains a viable explanation for patterns in the cosmic microwave background radiation

New study updates the age of the Grand Canyon from 6 Million years to over 70 Million years, sparks geological debate
grand canyon

North Korean archeologists discover ancient unicorn lair

New type of matter, "color-glass condensate," discovered in the Large Hadron Collider (h/t Tyler B.)
proton-neutron collision

Four wings would have made Microraptor a terrifyingly agile, if small, flying predator

'Super-Earth' alien planet may be habitable for life
HD 40307g

Self-portrait of Martian rover Curiosity (click for hi-res image)

What happens if you give a thousand computers with no instruction to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word?
Kids with computers

You will be assimilated.

Beluga whale speaks human
Beluga Whale

First human achieves supersonic freefall
Baumgartner in Freefall

New determination that the half-life of DNA is 521 years rules out possibility of real-life Jurrasic Park
T-Rex Jurrasic Park

Mathematicians and physicists disentangle reason ponytails sway rather than bounce

New experiments show probabilistic nature (not act of measurement) accounts for the correct version of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
L. A. Rozema et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012)

A Classic Video about Scale

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