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The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Chief statistician David Kalisch announcing the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

What the numbers say (and don’t say) in the same-sex marriage survey

Not everyone who could vote did vote in the voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage. So what can we draw from the result if only four out of five eligible Australians took part?
Science itself needs to be put under the microscope and carefully scrutinised to deal with its flaws. Nattapat Jitrungruengnij/Shutterstock

Science’s credibility crisis: why it will get worse before it can get better

We are observing two new phenomena. On one hand doubt is shed on the quality of entire scientific fields or sub-fields. On the other this doubt is played out in the open, in the media and blogosphere.
Most Puerto Ricans are still in the dark, as is the mainland about the recent hurricanes’ economic impact. Reuteres/Alvin Baez

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government

Although Puerto Ricans are American citizens, what happens on the island tends to stay there, at least in terms of economic data.
Who will emerge as this year’s David Freese? Eric Gay/AP Photo

The psychology of the clutch athlete

What makes someone more likely to succeed when the lights shine brightest?
Hurricane Irma descends on the Caribbean islands. NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via Reuters

Are catastrophic disasters striking more often?

Saturated media coverage of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma can make it seem like disasters happen all the time. Is the frequency of billion-dollar disasters really rising?
Image of a five-knot tori algorithmically. Tanaka Juuyoh/Flickr

Don’t blame it on algorithms: what they really are and how they can fuel progress in the life sciences

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.
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Cracking big data with statistical physics

Methods stemming from decades of research on disordered materials are used to describe algorithmic phase transitions, and to design new algorithms in machine-learning problems.
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won this year’s French Open at the age of just 20. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

The unpredictability of women's tennis in 2017 should make us strongly question the performance of the official rankings – and not simply the players’ performance.

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