Progress in grandma and grandpa detection

A joint US research Project from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Disney Research, Pittsburg, has made steps towards an automated digital image family member detection system. The new Bayesian photo-analysis methodology is able, for example, to perform ”identity clustering” and make attempts at identifying not only which individuals might be mothers, fathers, and […]

Housework affects fertility (in Finland)

Anneli Miettinen and colleagues at the Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto, Finland, have, perhaps for the first time, performed a study to examine whether housework might be linked in some way to (in)fertility. Results of their enquiries, published in the May 2015 issue of the journal Acta Sociologica : “[…] show that women’s housework hours were […]

Mathematics of Repulsive Behavior in an Exceptional Family

Mathematics sometimes is all about family. Here is one of those times: “Repulsive Behavior in an Exceptional Family,” Jeffrey Stopple [pictured here], arXiv:1108.6272, August 31, 2011. Stoppel, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, writes, using the royal “we”: “The existence of a Landau-Siegel zero leads to the Deuring-Heilbronn phenomenon, here appearing in the 1-level density in […]