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.
Gay pride – but not everywhere.
Why are there such big differences in public opinion about homosexuality? It turns out where you live can be a major influence on how you feel.
What we measure in our health system matters because this is where policy will be focused.
Measurement matters, especially when it comes to health care and how well we are treated if we get sick or have to go to hospital.
Will voters of the future swing left or right?
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As America becomes more diverse, many think it will also become more progressive. But one analysis of demographic trends points to gains for Republicans.
Artificial intelligence is surrounded by fear and mystery because very few understand its inner workings. But it's actually rather intuitive and far simpler than it seems.
Both sea ice and government data are disappearing.
U.S. Geological Survey, flickr
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.
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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.
Hans Rosling: presenter of the facts.
Hans Rosling taught us more than just the facts the data presented
Unmasking identities online.
You might think you're anonymous when you're browsing the web. But a new study shows that browsing history can often be tied to your real-world identity.
Devastation in Sichuan province after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, thought to be induced by industrial activity at a nearby reservoir.
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.
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.
Just a click away once you tick this too-long-to-read privacy agreement.
Companies and institutions shouldn't make it so hard for people to enjoy their right to privacy.
The failures of the 2016 Census have caused many Australians to ask whether it’s really worth it anymore.
The Australian Census has been taken since 1911. But is it still necessary in today's world of mass digital data collection?
Do you know how the data from your running app is being used?
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Apps and wearable devices promise greater participation and empowerment in health care. But what are we risking when we take part in this new era of participatory health?
How to make sense of it all?
More data isn't necessarily better unless it's properly collected, curated and analysed.
Water markets are essential for many farmers to keep their crops alive.
The market for water entitlements is worth tens of billions, encouraging investors to raise funds and get involved. But the data shows they aren't having a big impact on prices.