World Cup sticker-mania sweeps the globe
As football’s biggest tournament draws near, millions of collectors are busy trying to complete their Panini sticker albums. Are they wasting their time and money or is it educational fun?
Matchmaking maths holds the key to online love
Online dating sites are thriving, and their methods are now so advanced that they match couples by using mathematical formulae. Can analysing data result in the perfect date?
Tech ushers in new era for New Year resolutions
Every New Year’s Day we promise ourselves to become fitter, healthier and more productive. Invariably we fail. But could a new wave of ‘lifelogging’ apps spark a resolution revolution?
Stats spat over worldwide education rankings
Newspapers are bursting with grim data after Britain’s poor performance in a study known as ‘education’s world cup’. But how useful are sweeping international statistics like these?
Stats guru says life is far better than we think
When Hans Rosling gave top students a questionnaire about the state of the world, their answers were less accurate than a chimpanzee’s. Why? Because they were far too pessimistic.
Voters wrong about almost everything, says poll
A new survey has embarrassed the British public by showing that they are misinformed about important issues from crime to teenage pregnancy. Does this discredit democracy?
Debate rages on internet ‘snooping’ revelations
To the media, the IT worker who exposed mass US surveillance of overseas emails and phone calls is a hero. To CIA bosses he is a traitor. Is whistleblowing always an act of bravery?
Data wizards put pundits’ predictions to shame
Going against almost all political pundits, statistician Nate Silver has been branded a genius and a witch. But his secret is simple: mathematics.
Wikipedia founder to open up UK government
Jimmy Wales, the man behind Wikipedia, has shown that a million amateur bright sparks can offer at least as much illumination as one lone expert. Now he aims to apply the same idea to politics.
New research confounds climate sceptics
A conservative foundation has unwittingly funded a study that proves climate change is real. What will this mean for the future of our planet?