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Latest news from Plus Magazine! - http://plus.maths.org

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In this newsletter:

* What's the best medicine?
* Latest news
* Browse with Plus
* Live maths

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What's the best medicine?

How do you judge the risks and benefits of new medical treatments, or of 
lifestyle choices? With a finite health care budget, how do you decide 
which treatments should be made freely available on the NHS? Maths and 
stats are used extensively not only to test the safety and efficacy of 
treatments, but also to define such fuzzy terms as quality of life. To find 
out how difficult healthcare decisions are made, have a look at the latest 
package in our series "Do you know what's good for you?" containing 
in-depth articles, podcasts, and a classroom activity.

http://plus.maths.org/latestnews/jan-apr10/evidence_package/index.html?nl=0

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 Latest news

* Einstein right on time
Most precise experiment to date confirms one of Einstein's predictions
http://plus.maths.org/latestnews/jan-apr10/einstein/index.html?nl=0


Plus... read more on the Plus blog
http://plus.maths.org/blog?nl=13

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Browse with Plus  - Live pi day magic

To celebrate pi day on the 14th of March 2010, a mathematician and a 
magician will attempt to pull off what promises to be the world's largest 
live online magic trick - and you can join in via Twitter!

The mathematician James Grime and the magician Brian Brushwood will exploit 
the magical power of mathematics to read your mind over the internet. Visit 
the pi day magic website (http://pidaymagic.com/) for instructions on how 
to join up to this record-breaking attempt, and watch Plus for an 
explanation of how it's done to be published after the event.

http://pidaymagic.com/

The trick will be part of the Cambridge Science Festival, which runs from 
the 8th to the 21st of March 2001

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival/

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Live Maths

Building mathematics

Help to design and build mathematical sculptures at the Maker Faire 2010 in 
Newcastle this weekend. The Marker Faire celebrates the do-it-yourself 
mindset and features interactive exhibits organised by individuals, 
hobbyist groups and clubs, as well as student groups. Edmund Harriss will 
be "building mathematics", exploring symmetries in two and three 
dimensions. An example of the beautiful beasts he constructs is here 
http://maxwelldemon.com/2009/04/25/building-mathematics-sculpture-system-5/

When: 13th and 14th of March 
Where: Centre for Life, Time Square and the Discovery Museum, Newcastle 
Audiences: Adults, Families, Makers and DIY enthusiasts of all ages 
Fee: 3.95 adult & 10 family for a day pass, and 5 adult & 15 family for 
a weekend pass
More info: http://www.makerfaire.com/


Meet the mathematicians

Aimed at students from 16 to 18 years old, Meet the Mathematicians is a 
free day of diverse presentations covering the uses of maths in biology, 
ecology, engineering and finance, discussions about career paths, and 
plenty of opportunities to talk to professional and student mathematicians.

When: 7th of April 2010 from 10:30am
Where: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
More info and registration: http://www.meetmaths.org.uk/


Maths at the Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival runs from the 8th to the 21st of March and 
there are plenty of maths-based activities on offer. We have put 
together a selection for you here: 
http://plus.maths.org/blog/2010/02/maths-at-cambridge-science-festival.html

Alternatively, visit the festival website: 
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/sciencefestival/


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