Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?   

Politics

Max Fisher and Josh Keller reporting for the New York Times: But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because … Continue reading →

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Shazam Effect   

MusicTechnology

Derek Thompson, writing for The Atlantic: Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and … Continue reading →

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Carpooling Will Save the World   

Science

Jason Goldman, writing for Conservation: The researchers started with a massive dataset: every trip taken by each of New York City’s 13,586 registered taxis that either started or ended in Manhattan in the year 2011. That gave them more than … Continue reading →

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Understanding the Birthday Paradox   

Science

Kalid Azad: In a room of just 23 people there’s a 50-50 chance of two people having the same birthday. In a room of 75 there’s a 99.9% chance of two people matching. Even after reading the article and understanding … Continue reading →

Saturday, October 25, 2014

OS X Yosemite Adoption   

Apple

From GoSquared’s real-time OS X version distribution page: The graph shows the percentage of visits tracked by GoSquared on over 50,000 sites. Just over a week since its launch, Yosemite is already installed on 1 in 5 Macs. Interestingly, it … Continue reading →

Saturday, October 26, 2013

World Safer Than Ever   

Reading

Jesse Washington, writing for the Associated Press, as published by The Huffington Post: It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place – that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter invades … Continue reading →

Mac OS X Mavericks Adoption   

Apple

From GoSquared’s real-time Mac OS X version distribution page: The graph shows the percentage of pageviews tracked across all sites on GoSquared which are on each version of OS X at a minute-by-minute granularity. According to GoSquared’s data, after just … Continue reading →

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Surprising Causes of Bird Deaths in Canada   

Nature

CBC News: An Environment Canada study released Tuesday shows that more than 270 million birds are killed in Canada every year from human-related activity, which includes deaths caused by cats owned, or not controlled well, by humans. […] Domestic and … Continue reading →

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The decline of BlackBerry in one chart   

Technology

Andrea Peterson, writing for The Washington Post’s The Switch blog: BlackBerry stocks plunged 22 points this afternoon following a quarterly earnings report that was even worse than expected — and it was already expected to be bad, with The Wall … Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Single men swap bed sheets just 4 times a year   

Health

CBC News: The average single man washes his sheets just four times per year, according to a survey by U.K. mattress company Ergoflex. The survey asked Britons about their bed sheet hygiene and found a few stomach-churning results. Among single … Continue reading →

Friday, August 23, 2013

Yahoo! is once again the top visited web property   

Technology

Liz Gannes, writing for AllThingsD: Yahoo properties got more unique U.S. visitors than any other company’s in July, according to comScore. They had 196.6 million, compared to 192.3 million for previous leader Google. What’s more, Yahoo’s numbers didn’t include the … Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

3-D’s Declining Popularity   

Movies

Michael Cieply, writing for the New York Times: This summer, films like “Turbo” and “The Wolverine” took in 30 percent or less of their opening weekend receipts from 3-D sales, compared with levels as high as 60 percent for summer … Continue reading →

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Impact of Vaccines in Canada   

Health

Toronto Public Health shows the impact of vaccines in a simple to understand infographic. Short story: they work really well. (Via Popular Science)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Escalator Etiquette   

Reading

Tom Geoghegan writing for BBC News Magazine: “Able-bodied people standing on the downward escalator are in effect robbing the people behind them of time,” says Hamilton Nolan, who writes for Gawker and regularly uses the New York subway. “Their presumptuous … Continue reading →

Sunday, July 28, 2013

U.S. Prison Populations Decline   

Reading

Erica Goode writing for the New York Times: Imprisonment rates in the United States have been on an upward march since the early 1970s. From 1978, when there were 307,276 inmates in state and federal prisons, the population increased annually, … Continue reading →