Dana Mackenzie

All Stories by Dana Mackenzie

  1. Math

    Math explains why dense crowds form surprisingly orderly lines

    New research into the behavior of moving groups of people adds to decades of study on the wisdom of crowds.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Cool Jobs: Data detectives

    Statisticians are experts in seeing the patterns hidden within the raw numbers called data. They especially excel at finding real trends, while eliminating what is actually due to chance. That’s why they offer a good reality check in any field that involves numbers.

  3. Math

    Cool Jobs: Math as entertainment

    At DreamWorks Animation (and previously at another company called Digital Domain) Nafees Bin Zafar creates software used to make the special effects in motion pictures — and sometimes cartoons — look as realistic as possible.