Australians should be able to do more than just access and transfer their own consumer data.
The Productivity Commission’s report on data availability and use is disappointing for consumers, who won't be able to stop firms collecting their data or challenge automated decisions made using it.
Can an algorithmic method for analyzing published research help zero in on reality?
Researchers need to be able to draw conclusions based on previously published studies in their field. A new aggregation method synthesizes prior findings and may help reveal more of the big picture.
A slave fortress in Cape Coast, Ghana.
AP Photo/Clement N'Taye
An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866.
Collecting the data comes first, but then you have to analyze the data.
Any field that collects and analyzes data relies on statistical techniques to make sense of it all. Modern, more accurate methods should supplant the old ways... but in many cases, they haven't yet.
A tumor under the microscope.
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Cancer researchers dream of offering personalized treatments to patients. Can they get there using the same math that drives Netflix recommendations?
A recipe for an eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook.’
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A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history – including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe – for clues to new antibiotics.
A woman participates in a community mapping exercise in Malawi’s Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.
As climate change increases the frequency and severity of disasters in the near future, leveraging social media data, crowd-sourcing and other means of discovering the unknown will become crucial.
The attention on the 2016 Census until now has been mostly negative.
Today’s release of data from the 2016 Census allows us to identify some of Australians' more common characteristics, how they vary across states and territories, and how they are changing over time.
A suitable disposition helps the medicine go down.
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Just about everyone wants medical care, but some want it a lot more. We discovered a personality trait that explains why it's hard to improve health care outcomes and costs.
Mathematical visualization techniques led the author to create this virtual scene, showing shapes from the realm of mathematics bursting into the physical world.
It's a golden age for visualization in mathematics. How tools like 3-D printing, animation and even knitting machines are reimagining the way mathematicians study and share their work.
AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in Washington, D.C., 2012. HIV is a particular health concern for LGBT seniors.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
LGBT people face discrimination in health care, as well as significant health disparities. Recent moves by the Trump administration will make these topics more difficult to untangle.
Alabama’s lethal injection chamber at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, 2002.
AP Photo/Dave Martin
In Oregon and Washington, the costs of seeking and administering the death penalty have increased significantly since the 1980s.
How much data do you still store only on your mobile, tablet or laptop?
We have never been so connected and we are producing more data than ever before. But how can we manage our data effectively while making sure it remains safe?
Data are present in every aspect of our lives. Knowing how to present and visualise them in a creative and meaningful way can make a big difference.
An All-American meal.
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Chain restaurants vowed to make children's menus healthier. But our analysis of menus across the country shows that kids' choices still aren't very good for them.
Where are the people really going?
Is Trump up or down? Will the public vote yes or no? Who will win the election? A mathematician's guide to understanding polls in the media.
A glimpse behind bars.
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The White House is pushing for more private prisons. But do the industry's promised benefits hold up to scrutiny?
Got to get to school on time.
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Every year, school districts across the U.S. try to plan out a bus schedule that works for all students while keeping costs and emissions low. Our mathematical models can help.
Weighing up your votes.
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.
The right questions and planning can help universities to mitigate risk.
Risk has to do with uncertainty; people struggle to conceptualise and manage that which they're unsure about. This is true in the higher education sector, too.