### Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like 'savvy gamblers'

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many animals have to move around in their environment to find resources to live and reproduce. Scientists have studied particular examples of this for many years but there are not many unifying frameworks to understand the general organising principles of animal movement. This is especially true for animal collectives like ant…

### Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like 'savvy gamblers'

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many animals have to move around in their environment to find resources to live and reproduce. Scientists have studied particular examples of this for many years but there are not many unifying frameworks to understand the general organising principles of animal movement. This is especially true for animal collectives like ant…

### Did you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams

Earlier today I set you these four Venn diagram teasers: 1) Think of a fraction that could belong in each of the regions marked A to D below, or say that it is impossible. (Each circle represents the set of fractions described by its rule.) Solution The question only asked for a single example for…

### Can you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams

John Venn 1834-1923 John Venn – the British logician who around 1880 devised the ‘Venn diagram’ – celebrates his 185th birthday this week. His idea, a brilliantly simple visual aid to understanding logical relations, is one of the few concepts from abstract mathematics that is easily understood, and regularly used, by non-mathematicians. Indeed, only last…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…

### An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As embryos develop, they follow predetermined patterns of tissue folding, so that individuals of the same species end up with nearly identically shaped organs and very similar body shapes. MIT scientists have now discovered a key feature of embryonic tissue that helps explain how this process is carried out so faithfully…