You’ve probably never heard of polycythemia vera, a rare cancer that pushes bone marrow into red blood cell production overdrive, upping the risk of blood clots and even leukemia. While there is no cure for the disease, Michael Ochs, TCNJ associate professor of mathematics and statistics, and a colleague of his at Johns Hopkins, are a step closer to identifying patients who stand the best chance of benefitting from treatment.
Fifteen years before the Pyramid of Giza broke ground, the Pharaoh Sneferu oversaw the construction of what is believed to be the first-ever pyramid with smooth, rather than stepped, sides. The plans were grand. The sides were steep. And halfway through construction, the pyramid began to crumble. The 54-degree angle was simply too steep to maintain. The builders scrambled to salvage the massive structure by changing the pyramid’s angle to a more moderate 43 degrees. Today, the wonky-looking structure—known as the Bent Pyramid—still stands.