Things catching my attention this week:

**1)**This is actually pretty fascinating from a mathematical standpoint (water-saving faucet); h/t Tim Skellett:

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-tap-saves-water-by-creating-incredible-patterns

**2)**Congratulations in order for Ian Stewart and Steven Strogatz for sharing the 2015

*Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science*:

http://giveandjoin.rockefeller.edu/events/lewis-thomas

(quite an honor for two mathematicians to win this!)

**3)**And from the "p-values no longer get any respect" Dept.:

**http://tinyurl.com/mb843zk**

**4)**Film review of "

**X + Y,**" about the International Math Olympiad:

**http://tinyurl.com/m8lmwcy**

**5)**In honor of tomorrow ('Pi Day''), a simple question posed by

**Futility Closet**, '

*Does the binary expansion of pi contain more 1s or 0s?'*:

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/03/11/portions-of-pi/

Also an old Martin Gardner problem via Futility Closet this week:

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2015/03/07/time-and-distance/

**6)**When it comes to area calculations, Ben Orlin points to a prevalence of rectangles:

http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/03/11/the-secret-to-all-areas/

**7)**The latest "

**Devlin's Angle**" blog post is largely about that certain transcendental number in the news...:

http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com/2015/03/pi-day-cyclical-motion-and-great-video.html

**8)**And

*was among the MANY others with Pi Day coverage:*

**Math Drudge**http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2015/03/i-prefer-pi-background-for-big-pi-day-31415/

**9)**Just around the corner (April 18) is the first (and

**FREE!**)

__National Math Festival__in Wash. D.C.:

**http://www.mathfest.org/**

**10)**A blogger has put together a list of 8 FREE (yeah, I like that word)

**YouTube**channels devoted to SAT test preparation (I'm not endorsing the channels myself, since I've not reviewed them, but looks worth checking out if SAT preparation is on your horizon):

http://moomoomath.blogspot.com/2015/03/8-youtube-channels-to-help-with-sat-math.html

**11)**Mike Lawler's place on the Web:

**https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/**

I'm especially a sucker for nice geometry problems, and Mike worked through a couple two days ago:

https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/geometry-problem-solving/

**12)**Over at

*this morning I've linked to a simply wonderful Erica Klarreich piece in*

**Math-Frolic****Quanta Magazine**, on deep connections in mathematics:

http://math-frolic.blogspot.com/2015/03/mathematicians-drunk-on-moonshine-so-to.html

**13)**Them's fightin' words... "

*Are Physicists Saner Than Mathematicians?*" from

*:*

**CosmosMagazine**http://blog.cosmosmagazine.com/blog/2015/3/13/are-physicists-saner-than-mathematicians

[p.s.: Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein tomorrow!!]

**14)**And perhaps my favorite bit of humor from the week:

https://recursivelyrecursive.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/didnt-we-say-thered-be-no-more-self-referring-signs/

Potpourri

**BONUS!**(extra NON-mathematical links of interest):

a) To get you into a bit of a physics-y mood for an interview I

*may*have up this Sunday, here's news of the approaching re-start of CERN's LHC near Geneva:

**http://tinyurl.com/oxjvybw**

b) And will end again with another simple feel-good story that went viral, but ICYMI:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/06/dancing-man-found-bodyshamed-dance-party_n_6817794.html

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