Mathematicians propose first continuous self-organised criticality model

The black dot on the left figure marks an unstable vertex. After an avalanche, three neighbouring vertices become unstable and will collapse Credit: Nikita Kalinin, Higher School of Economics – Saint-Petersburg An international group of researchers (the first author is Nikita Kalinin, Higher School of Economics—Saint-Petersburg, the last author is Ernesto Lupercio, CINVESTAV, Mexico) has…

Game theory can prevent disease outbreaks

Credit: Eva Cornejo Coba/Shutterstock When multiple passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York recently were taken ill with flu-like symptoms, the plane was understandably quarantined. It’s not too hard to imagine how international travel could quickly help spread a new disease around the world. But surprisingly, grounding planes in such a situation might…

Did you solve it? The dating game

Earlier today I asked you the following puzzle: You’re single and looking for love. In front of you are three doors. Behind each door is a prospective partner. Your mission is to couple up with your best possible match. Imagine you chose a door at random. If you couple up with the person behind it,…

Can you solve it? The dating game

Hi guzzlers, Today’s puzzle is about dating strategy. You’re single and looking for love. In front of you are three doors. Behind each door is a prospective partner. Your mission is to couple up with your best possible match. Imagine you chose a door at random. If you couple up with the person behind it,…