Today algorithms are ubiquitous, yet often misunderstood. Rather than mysterious entities, they're closer to recipes, and the quality of the output depends on the input – in their case, data.
Is this why we are in an age of intergenerational conflict?
In the Middle East, tens of millions of young people have few opportunities – and plenty to be angry about.
John Thompson was more than just another Washington bean counter. His resignation may affect which party controls Congress after 2020.
Nine out of 10 rural places experienced increases in diversity from 1990 to 2010. Data show a more diverse future is guaranteed across all of America, and there's no going back.
A future of trade wars and isolationism will not solve the grand challenges which are dragging down fragile economies.
Unlike other issues, climate change has broad support among millennials across political parties and races. But it's unclear that they'll convert that into political activism.
How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
Donald Trump's racist appeals to white fear may have doomed his campaign – and his party.
How can we possibly know how many millions of people are living in the U.S. illegally? Demographers have actually refined a simple formula that's worked pretty well since the 1970s.
New data suggests humans may not get older than 125 years. But should we take it seriously? Every time a limit to lifespan has been proposed in the past it has been surpassed.
Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
The numerical basis used to study African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps. This needs to improve if numbers are to inform policies that will encourage growth and push back poverty.
To win government, Labor needs a net gain of 19 seats nationally – and that's the exact number of marginal seats being fought over in Queensland this election.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
The idea of family is still undergoing fundamental change, but progress towards an egalitarian era may be hamstrung by class and wealth.
Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it's important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.
Do the countries affected by Zika have the capacity to deal with a baby boom if pregnancies are delayed?
Twenty-three percent of Americans say they are not religiously affiliated. Our core values may be encouraging us to reject organized religion.
The retailer's emblematic ad should have stuck their grandad in a rocket and blasted him straight to party central.