mathematics

Synchrony in Ecology: What Magnets Have To Do With Pistachios

February 05, 2018
Did you ever pass an orchard with branches bursting with flowers and wonder how the trees “know” when to blossom or bear fruit all at the same time? Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have given such synchronicity considerable thought.

Knotty Problems: Mariel Vazquez Shares How E. Coli Reconnects Tangled DNA 

October 11, 2017
If you’ve ever tried to untangle a pair of earbuds, you’ll understand how loops and cords can get twisted up. DNA can get tangled in the same way, and in some cases, has to be cut and reconnected to resolve the knots. Now a team of mathematicians, biologists and computer scientists has unraveled how E. coli bacteria can unlink tangled DNA by a local reconnection process. The math behind the research, recently published in Scientific Reports, could have implications far beyond biology.