Discoveries24 Feb 2020
Complexity may be hard to unpick, without being inherently bad. Ensure the benefits of any addition to company systems outweigh its costs.
Discoveries31 Jul 2018
The 3D structures of slurries—fluids full of solid particles—can be swiftly measured using a single 2D shot and electron diffraction data.
Discoveries3 Mar 2018
If you meet a conspiracy theorist, don't bother trying to change their views. Encountering the truth only makes them more pig-headed.
Discoveries25 Sep 2017
In innovation, the most apparently niche ingredients may turn out to be the most useful, as the structures of recipes become more complex.
Discoveries10 Jun 2017
Following Moore's law, solar power will become ever cheaper as an energy source—and there’s nothing Donald Trump can do about it.
Discoveries10 Apr 2017
Twitter sentiment during busy periods, such as ahead of quarterly earnings releases, provides some indication if a stock will rise or fall.
Discoveries5 Apr 2017
Measures meant to stabilise economies may have the opposite effect, creating cyclical structures in the networks of contracts between banks.
Discoveries6 Jan 2017
Quirky and apparently mysterious, innovation is critical to sustained economic growth—and mathematics can help us understand how it works.
Discoveries12 May 2016
Architects are designing rotating homes to increase the efficiency of solar power, while its cost is set to keep falling by 10% annually.
Discoveries26 Jan 2016
The cost of solar power will continue to fall by 10% annually, meeting 20% of global energy needs far sooner than has been predicted.
Discoveries25 Jan 2015
The simultaneous study of news sentiment and browsing behaviour, even on small time-scales, can help to predict stock market fluctuations.
Discoveries4 Oct 2014
The hunt for networks that best combine efficiency with repairability, to avoid breakdown, leads to structural designs that resemble snowflakes.
Discoveries3 Oct 2014
Snowflake-shaped networks, with redundant arms that come into use when main branches break down, are easiest to fix when disaster strikes.
Discoveries20 Feb 2013
The Eiffel tower is now a longstanding example of hierarchical design due to its non-trivial internal structure spanning many length scales.