You're just as likely to be a victim of a mass shooting as you are to be struck by lightning. So why do nearly 50% of Americans say they're afraid of being caught in the crossfire?
John Carlisle's method for spotting potentially fraudulent figures has already been adopted by two top medical journals.
When asked to identify the most dangerous day of the year, we realised this research hadn’t been done.
A little bit of statistics can explain the great mystery of why only girls are being born in Miejsce Odrzanskie.
South Africa’s data collection is constantly improving. That's especially true when it comes to metrics that weren't collected or were distorted for political purposes during apartheid.
When bad weather hits, there's a complex formula organisers turn to to make lost game time fair.
Despite what the statistics suggest, many teenage parents say having a baby has transformed their lives.
Umpires don't need to be replaced by robots, but some troubling findings indicate that they could use a little help.
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.
Two prestigious journals have suggested abandoning the traditional test of the strength of a study's results. But a statistician worries that this would make science worse.
Why are three-pointer shots from the corner more efficient than the ones above the break? The answer: More than 90 percent of corner three-point shots are assisted.
An obsession with statistics has made teams better than ever -- but the game is now more tedious for fans to watch.
Roughly one-third of the league won't be trying to win this season. What's fueling this trend?
The scheme has many critics, but the numbers show that it's working well.
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.
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
Number crunching the winning race time for marathon athletes can tell us when the men are likely to break the two-hour barrier. But what about a target barrier for women marathon runners?
Numbers alone don't relay the importance of people seeing their own experiences and lives mirrored in popular culture.
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.
Numbers are largely viewed as holding the truth. But this is an unrealistic expectation.