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The Birthday Problem

The Birthday Problem

At the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, in 16 out of the 32 teams two players shared the same birthday. Considering each of these selections consisted of 23 players and there are 365 days in a year (excluding February 29), it seems like an enormous coincidence that this...

What is true randomness?

What is true randomness?

The shuffle function on Spotify is an easy way to listen to music without having to pick some numbers. However, once in a while we all seem to recognize patterns in the numbers that we listen to. The shuffle function does not seem to be so random at all, so are these...

Racisme: hoe groot is het probleem?

Racisme: hoe groot is het probleem?

Het discriminatie probleem is sinds enkele weken weer volledig aangewakkerd. De hoofdoorzaak hiervan is toch wel de dood van George Floyd. Naar alle waarschijnlijkheid is hij tijdens een arrestatie door een politieagent gedood. Hiervan zijn gruwelijke beelden op het...

The Math behind Poker

The Math behind Poker

Shady men wearing sunglasses, sitting around a table, playing for big pots of money. That is what we often associate with poker when thinking about the game of bluffing. A game where most people think that the essence is to read your opponents, while leaving them...

Neuralink, our new future?

Neuralink, our new future?

Elon Musk has always been known as a man of revolutionary ideas, but the following idea might be the most revolutionary of them all. Last week on the 7th of May, he joined the Joe Rogan podcast. Here he revealed new details about his company Neuralink. The idea of...

The ‘New’ normal

The ‘New’ normal

The measures taken during the current global coronavirus pandemic will not last for a few more weeks. Instead, these measures may last forever. This pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Almost all aspects of our daily lives have been altered to...

Running out of options

Running out of options

During these crazy times, the people that I speak roughly seem to fall in two categories: those who have stopped exercising altogether, and those who actually have been getting fitter in the last two months. The reason for these extremes is the closing of almost any...

Betekent automatisering minder werkgelegenheid?

Betekent automatisering minder werkgelegenheid?

Veel mensen maken zich zorgen over de gevolgen van automatisering. Deze mensen zijn bang dat hun banen vervangen zullen worden door robots en dat zij daardoor in de toekomst werkloos zullen worden.  Betekent automatisering echter wel werkloosheid? Een tegenstrijdig...

Predicting the spread of the Coronavirus

Predicting the spread of the Coronavirus

[latexpage] With over 86,000 people infected and around 3,000 people killed, the new Coronavirus is something to be taken very seriously. The new virus which has been called Covid-19 was discovered in Wuhan, China earlier this year. Not only has it taken a big toll on...

Analytical Darts

Analytical Darts

“Why is playing darts even called a sport? I could do this with my eyes closed!”: just one of the many prejudices a lot of people have when speaking about the oh-so controversial ‘sport’ darts. The fact that most of us only play darts when we are drunk and that most...

Raadsel: kan jij deze dames uit elkaar halen?

Raadsel: kan jij deze dames uit elkaar halen?

Robert-Jan-Constantijn van Binsbergen tot Haerholte is dit jaar in Groningen begonnen met studeren en is meteen bij een studentenvereniging gegaan. Daar valt hem echter iets geks op: alle vrouwelijke leden van deze vereniging zien er bijna precies hetzelfde uit, en ze...

Written by AI

Written by AI

It was Sunday the 26th of January 10 pm, I had one day left to submit my article for peer review. I was contemplating. Not knowing what to write about. I was staring at my computer screen. No unfamiliar websites. Just websites I had searched for before. Time flew. But...

The math behind the English language

The math behind the English language

Like many other languages, the English language is based on grammatical rules. It contains all parts to make a basic sentence, such as nouns, adverbs and verbs. All of this has not stayed the same over time. Scientists have known for decades now that every language...

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