"Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead – up to 40 times recommended levels," BBC News reports. Researchers sampled levels at 26 playgrounds in the south of England and the results are worrying.
"Exercise is the best medicine to banish back pain and stop people taking sick days," reports the Daily Mirror. While this may be true, the research in question did not look at treatments for existing back pain.
A friend asked me to comment on the following chart: Specifically, he points out the challenge of trying to convey both absolute and relative metrics for a given data series. This chart presents projections of growth in the U.S.
A friend pointed me to a good article on the buoyant real-estate market in Boston (link). The journalist tells us the median home sale price in Suffolk County has gone up 31 percent in the five years since the 2010 crash. The article makes some excellent points. When it comes to talking about median house prices, it fails basic statistics. Here is a quote (maybe a misquote) from Barry Bluestone, whom the reporter describes as a "go-to mind" on Boston housing. He complains that "median home sale prices--the metric by which many people judge the market--can be misleading." How so?...
“"Babies delivered at the weekend are significantly more likely to die or suffer serious injury," the Daily Mail reports. However, while the increase in risk is both significant and an obvious cause for concern, it should be noted that it is a very...”
“"The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat," The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin – a polymixin antibiotic.”
“Falling consumer prices over the past year means Social Security recipients won’t see a cost-of-living increase in January. And that decline will hold back any potential 2017 increase as well, even if inflation accelerates.”
Andrew Gelman and I have published a piece in Slate, discussing the failure to replicate scientific findings, using the recent example of the so-called power pose. The idea of the "power pose" is that people develop psychological and hormonal changes by making this "power pose" before walking into business meetings, whereupon these changes make them more powerful. As you often read here and at Gelman's blog, the fact that someone got a paper published in a scientific journal, based on a statistically significant result, doesn't automatically make it a believable result. Here, a different group of scientists tried to replicate...
"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral...
Data scientist - a job that barely existed a decade ago - has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S. Companies say they need people who have the skill sets - both business and technical - to analyze the rising tide of data produced by customers and operations.
“"No one diet fits all," the Daily Mail reports. Israeli researchers monitored 800 adults to measure what is known as postprandial glycemic response – the amount by which blood sugar levels increase after a person eats a meal.”
“By Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., December 30, 2013 In the rush to get data about how students are doing on tests, we need a little lesson in how to use mathematics and, specifically, percentages. A case in point is a recent article by The Washington...”
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