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A glimpse behind bars. Cropped from krystiano/flickr

Private prisons, explained

The White House is pushing for more private prisons. But do the industry's promised benefits hold up to scrutiny?
Weighing up your votes. northcharleston/flickr

Whose votes count the least in the Electoral College?

The 2016 election made clear that the Electoral College does not weigh votes from all states equally. A new analysis suggests the power of your vote is closely linked to voter turnout in your state.
Will voters of the future swing left or right? Cropped from joebeone/flickr

The Democratic Party is facing a demographic crisis

As America becomes more diverse, many think it will also become more progressive. But one analysis of demographic trends points to gains for Republicans.
Both sea ice and government data are disappearing. U.S. Geological Survey, flickr

How the ‘guerrilla archivists’ saved history – and are doing it again under Trump

Activists today are racing to save climate records from the Trump administration. Secret archives were a powerful way to fight hostile political climates throughout history – from the Nazis to the Islamic State.
There’s more you could donate besides blood, organs and tissue. Cropped from pulmonary_pathology/flickr

Why you should donate your data (as well as your organs) when you die

Most people know they can donate their organs after they pass away. But what about their medical data? For National Donor Day, we suggest countries create national databases of data donors.
Devastation in Sichuan province after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, thought to be induced by industrial activity at a nearby reservoir. dominiqueb/flickr

Earthquakes triggered by humans pose growing risk

A new project tracks earthquakes accidentally induced by human activity. It suggests the problem is bigger than some scientists thought.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment. Census WA/AAP

We need to find new ways to measure the Australian labour force

The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

In a world awash with data, is the census still relevant?

The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?

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