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## Luck Matters More In Some Sports Than Others — And The Reasons Why Are Pretty Intuitive

The rules, number of players and number of games in a season can all affect how much skill determines a season's winner.

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CURSE YOU, STATISTICAL VARIANCE

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Squared squares are made up from smaller squares of different sizes, with no repeats. You'd think we'd have found an example a long long time ago, but not so.

'PRETTY FAST FOR A TOY'

And he's bringing out the big guns: compressed air and math.

BLINK... BLINK... BLINK

One of nature's most clever math-driven phenomena is illustrated beautifully in this simulation of fireflies by Nicky Case.

THANKS MATH!

You've likely probably been laboring under the impression that your life is full of uninteresting moments. But reader, you'd be wrong, because every minute of your life has, technically, been interesting — and there's proof.

A ROLL OF THE DICE

Ben Sparks explains the strange phenomenon of "attractors" that arise in seemingly random systems.

GETTING DIGITS

Just because it's an "unknown problem that no one was looking for a solution for," doesn't mean it isn't also utterly captivating.

Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts.

HOW ODD

Dr. James Maynard, a mathematician and leading figure in recent progress on the Twin Prime Conjecture, explains his field of study.

THROWING A CURVEBALL

The grading method a teacher uses says a lot about how they think about their students.

'LIKE A KIND OF GRACE'

When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

EVENING THE ODDS

The Collatz Conjecture is seemingly impossible to solve with our current mathematical tools, but simple to understand.

WHEN EAST TEACHES WEST

Skeptics of the program point to cultural differences between British and Chinese schools. Some say that students in the UK are unused to the rigor and long classroom hours experienced by Chinese students.

JUST GO FOR THE LOVESEAT, OKAY?

And, to be fair, we don't know many people whose couches look like old-school telephones, either.

LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER

Remember the video from an Australian construction site of bricks falling like dominoes into one position, then settling flat back the other way? Let Matt Parker, another Australian, explain why bricks fall that way.

THROW OUT MOST OF YOUR CRAYONS

The four color theorem states there are no maps that need five colors. In order to test that claim, mathematicians had to stop thinking about maps and start thinking about networks. They also had to stop doing the thinking themselves.

KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM

Robert Lang is quite the renaissance man. Having worked at NASA developing optoelectronics, he left his career of twenty-three years to become a preeminent figure in the world of origami.

A MODERN ARRANGEMENT

Thanks to new listening habits, artists are assuming the roles of creator and curator.

GET YOUR DAMON CERTIFICATION

Even if you're not a "wicked smarht" kid from South Boston, you can do it too.

WE SWEAR THE ILLUMINATI ARE INVOLVED

And by mathematician, we mean undergraduate at Princeton majoring in math. Casandra Monrow explains the mathemagic behind the simple number triangle.

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