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Even researchers who question findings suggesting family meals prevent teens from using drugs generally support the idea of parents and children dining at the same table more often.
Statisticians have improved on raw data about Americans' dietary habits. Now digital cameras could make far more raw data available for number-crunching.
China's relaxation of its one-child policy won't affect the labor supply for decades. Demographers are split on what other effects it will have.
Tennis's use of cameras and software to aid officiating calls illustrate how the desire to provide an entertaining, fast and final decision can conflict with full disclosure on technology's limitations.
Researchers attempted to measure the amount of government benefits received by front-line fast-food workers. Economists aren't sure what to make of the findings.
A planned lawsuit by Caribbean nations seeking reparations for slavery from former colonial powers is the latest effort that will face the challenge of putting a price tag on slavery and its legacy.
Political scientists have agreed on how to measure polarization of Congress and compare legislatures across the decades, and their measures show two major parties as far apart as they have ever been before.
Deadlines have helped focus Washington on the debt limit, though the wide range of dates discussed have muddied matters.
Uncertainty over effects of opposition campaigns and over employers' decisionmaking cloud forecasts for the new health-care exchanges.
Economists and former political officials debate how to estimate the cost of the governmental shutdown to the federal government, and to the broader economy.
A half-century after the U.S. poverty line was defined, economists agree it badly needs an update but disagree on what form it should take -- and how to make it politically palatable.
Numbers are central to the Syria debate, and widely disputed, though video evidence helps narrow the gaps.
Why it is difficult to get a reliable estimate of the rate of rape in a country, and to compare it with another country's rate.
Many victims aren't assigned to heat right away, and more-complete calculations of heat-wave deaths may not come for years, if they come at all.
Cities dispute rankings that reflect poorly on them. Even seemingly objective measures such as crime rates can be controversial -- and produce different lists depending on who's calculating the rankings.
Police chiefs and law-enforcement researchers respond to the continued use of response times as a measure of police effectiveness, saying the measures aren't standardized across cities and aren't particularly useful within cities, either.
Bettors are backing a baby girl for the duke and duchess of Cambridge, but the science of predicting baby's genders shows just how hard it is to make the call for any single couple (without ultrasound, anyway).
How much will Andy Murray's Wimbledon title change his earning potential? It can be hard to get an accurate reading amid all the hype around reported large figures.
A recent study finding almost no one follows recommendations on hand-washing raises the question, is 20 seconds a realistic goal?
CBO projections about the fiscal and economic impacts of the immigration bill passed this week by the Senate raise questions about how uncertain are forecasts for 10 and 20 years in the future.