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Filed Under:Academics / Mathematics
Posts on Regator:513
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Archived Since:December 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Statshot: Demographics, Heart Disease and iPhone Games

This week in Statshot, demographics, heart disease and iPhone games.

Overtime, the San Francisco Housing Market and Taylor Swift (Statshot)

American workers are spending more hours on the job since the mid-1970s. San Francisco’s housing market continues to heat up. Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” just became the fastest U.S. seller since “The Eminem Show” in 2002.

Statshot: Money, Super PACs and Running in the Cold

This week in Statshot: money may not buy happiness, but countries with growing economies, as well as more stable politics, tend to have more satisfied citizens; runners in colder American cities are somewhat more likely to move their runs indoors over the winter, but they are even more likely to skip that jog entirely; and more.

Daylight Saving Time Origins: From Ben Franklin to WWI Germany

Though he didn't call it daylight saving time, Benjamin Franklin was the first to conceive of the idea.

Invasive Species, PTAs and Fantasy Football (Statshot)

The U.S. government is fighting several introduced animal species that are crowding out natives. The number of nonprofits supporting U.S. public schools grew sharply between 1995 and 2010. Last weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger earned the fifth-highest fantasy point total by a quarterback in the past 10 years.

More Tornadoes Recorded Doesn’t Mean More Tornadoes Occurring

The number of tornadoes recorded by the National Climatic Data Center has increased in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there have been more twisters.

Talking to Your Phone, Dining Out and Slower Runs (Statshot)

American teens don’t use smartphone voice-recognition technology much more than adults do overall, but they use it in different ways. Homemade meals make up almost 20% less of our calorie intake than they did 35 years ago. The jump in marathon participation has brought with it a sharp increase in average finishing time.

Using Air Traffic Data to Predict Ebola’s Spread

While a number of researchers are modeling the spread of Ebola in West African countries, a group at Boston’s Northeastern University has used air traffic connections to explore how the disease might spread to the rest of the world.

Leaving Puerto Rico, Counting Calories and a New No. 1 (Statshot)

Far more Puerto Ricans now live off the island than on it, many fast food chains have started serving slightly lighter fare, and Mississippi State took over first place in the AP football poll this week for the first time in its history.

Quiz: How Do Politics Relate to Shopping Habits?

People's political beliefs extend into a number of areas of their lives. According to data from a market research company, these belief systems also relate to how and what people buy.

Remember Pens and Pencils? They’re Doing Just Fine

Remember pens and pencils? They're not only still around, but they're selling well. That has to do not just with surviving technology, but learning to work with it.

Americans Hate Congress, but Like Their Own Representatives

For Americans, their own Congress member is the devil they know. Voters have more favorable views of their own Congress members than they do of Congress in general, according to a Gallup poll released today.

Ranking Holiday Spending: Do We Buy More on Halloween or Father’s Day?

Retailers are preparing for their main holiday season, but there are spending spikes at other points of the year as well. How much money major annual events pull in depends on the holiday.

Election Bill: Salaries for House, Senate, Governors and State Lawmakers

In the coming Nov. 4 midterm elections, Americans are electing thousands of politicians -- and paying their salaries. How much is the bill?

Statshot: Plastic Surgery, Cruises and Netflix

This week in Statshot, over the past dozen years, cosmetic-surgery patients have moved away from major procedures such as nose jobs and liposuction and toward less invasive procedures such as Botox and hair removal; almost half of the more than 20 million people who took a cruise in 2013 traveled on one of the top three brands, and more.

America’s Missing Persons by Age, Race and Gender

Children and blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of missing persons reported each year.

What Where You Live Says About What You’ll Buy

Where you live can give a good indication of who you are and what you buy, according to mapping software company Esri.

Top Employers in the U.S. by Number of Employees

Wal-Mart, the biggest employer in the U.S., announced today it will cut healthcare for 30,000 part-time workers. Here's a look at the top-20 biggest employers in the U.S. by number of employees:.

Gamers’ Tastes Around the World

Gaming has gone global, but the same kinds of games aren't popular everywhere.

California’s Drought Changed How the State Produces Electricity

The effects of California's drought extend to the state's energy sector. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, California has seen a significant drop in hydropower as its dams choke from lack of water.

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