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Some studies don’t hold up to added scrutiny. PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT/shutterstock.com

The replication crisis is good for science

Rising evidence shows that many psychology studies don't stand up to added scrutiny. The problem has many scientists worried – but it could also encourage them to up their game.
The game is becoming less exciting for fans. Daniel Padavona/shutterstock.com

Statistics ruined baseball by perfecting it

An obsession with statistics has made teams better than ever -- but the game is now more tedious for fans to watch.
Just because a treatment works for some people, doesn’t mean it will work for you. from www.shutterstock.com

Want to quit a bad habit? Here’s one way to compare treatments

It's hard to decide which treatment to choose when trying to quit smoking or lose weight. The term 'number needed to treat' could help you decide what is most likely to work.
Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ has been nominated for best adapted screenplay at the 91st Academy Awards. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Oscars 2019: Beyond the stats, why diversity matters

Numbers alone don't relay the importance of people seeing their own experiences and lives mirrored in popular culture.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika. AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak of a dangerous disease

In January, measles returned to the Pacific Northwest, while Ebola resurged in the Congo. It would take a lot more research for scientists to be able to stop threats like these in their tracks.

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