MATH 131 - Calculus I
Fall 2012

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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
dodecahedon


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
unicorn


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
Microraptor


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


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


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
HUP
L. A. Rozema et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012)


A Classic Video about Scale







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