The Triplets of Cellville

If your phone is on, then somebody --- or at least something --- knows where you are.  Whether for local business searches, geosocial networking, targeted marketing, or even emergency response, location-based mobile services have become so ubiquitous that now we mostly notice them only when they're absent.  But have you ever wondered how those services work? […]

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Loan Ranger

Ask a teenager how a credit card works, sometime.  10 : 1 she will say, "Take it out of your wallet, swipe it, and sign your name."  Unless the child has been educated by a savvy adult, she'll think of a credit card as a piece of plastic with the magical property of allowing you […]

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The New Twenty

"Thirty is the new twenty" is more than just a phrase to help 29-year-olds sleep at night.  There's a ring of truth to it: on average, people are getting married later, having children later, and even dying later than ever before.  Hip-hop artists Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Macklemore have all invoked this phrase in their […]

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Prisn

In June of 2013, it came to light that the United States government had been tapping into the records of the world's largest internet and telecommunications companies, on a startling scale, to gather information about people who might represent a threat to national security.  One of these programs, codenamed PRISM, included direct access to the […]

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Mathalicious Selected for Experimental Study on Teacher Support

At Mathalicious, we provide teachers with lessons that help them teach the Common Core Standards through real-world topics: Should McDonald’s rewrite its menu in terms of exercise? Do taller Olympic sprinters have an unfair advantage? Our goal is to put teachers in a position to engage their students in thoughtful conversations, to challenge them to […]

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On Writing Lessons for Others

(cross-posted from f(t)) We sat down recently to rewrite the core Xbox Xponential lesson. In it, we tell students about Moore's Law. They use it to make predictions about how we would expect video game console processor speeds to increase over time. And then compare that prediction to how console processors have actually improved. It […]

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Mathalicious Joins 100Kin10

For Further Information: Carnegie Corporation of New York Office of Public Affairs (212) 207-6273 Mathalicious Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Initiative to Grow STEM Teaching Force Mathalicious commits to advancing goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. New York, New York, February 13, 2013- […]

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Canalysis

No pantry is complete without an ample supply of canned goods.  In addition to the variety of food that exists in can form, canned foods tend to be less expensive and have a longer shelf life than their uncanned counterparts.  It's no surprise, then, that canned food sales go up when the economy goes down. […]

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Harmony of Numbers

You may not be the next Beethoven, or even the next Bieber, but chances are you have a fairly strong preference between the following two-note chords:

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