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15 min ago | The American Conservative

The New York Times's Statistical Contraception Failure

The NYT graphic plots contraceptive failure rates for 15 different methods of contraception over 10 years, apparently showing that, although a typical woman relying on condoms for contraception may only have an 18 percent chance of pregnancy over one year, an unplanned pregnancy becomes a virtual certainty by the time she's been sexually active for 10 years, with the chance of pregnancy nearly quintupling to 86 percent. Below those red-alert curves, the NYT also tracked the risk of pregnancy for atypical women and their partners, those who manage "perfect use" of their preferred form of contraception.


Related Topix: Publishing, Media, New Times, Human Sexuality

1 hr ago | WMUR-TV Manchester

UNH mathematics professor earns 'genius grant'

Yitang Zhang, a mathematics professor at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 people chosen for the grants who will each receive $625,000 over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Zhang's work focuses on relationships between prime numbers. He spent many years studying independently after the cultural revolution in China forced him out of high school early.


Related Topix: Science, University of New Hampshire, Charitable Organizations, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Urbana, IL, Stanford University

1 hr ago | The Aiken Standard

Area statistical leaders through Week Three

Staff photo by Mike Adams Tyree Stidem of Strom Thurmond has 725 total yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns this season. To be included in the weekly leaders, please submit all statistics to by no later than Tuesday of each week.


Related Topix: Science, Aiken, SC

2 hrs ago | Cupertino Courier

Genius grants

Physicist applying mathematical approaches to the analysis and modeling of brain connectivity and enhancing our understanding of how these connections give rise to the functions the brain performs. Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form in intricate narratives that explore the complexities of familial relationships.


Related Topix: Psychology, Science, Computer Science

4 hrs ago | Business Journal

Higher rate of uninsured in NC than in states that expanded Medicaid

There are fewer uninsured people in North Carolina today than there were a year ago, but the decrease has negligible compared to those states that expanded Medicaid. In states that expanded Medicaid - typically those with a state legislature controlled by Democrats - the percentage of those uninsured decreased from 18.4 percent in 2013 to 15.7 percent in the first three months of 2014, according to the National Health Interview Survey, one of the most respected statistical surveys in the nation .


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Health, North Carolina, North Carolina Government, Science, Health Insurance

5 hrs ago | Yahoo!

Gay marriage activist, cartoonist, mathematician win 2014 'genius' grants

Fellows selected by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation receive more than $500,000 each. The 2014 batch includes mathematicians, a cartoonist and a criminal lawyer.


Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Charitable Organizations, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Warren Buffett, Construction, Berkshire Hathaway, Investment Services, Non-Profit, Science

6 hrs ago | Christian Science Monitor

Who won this year's MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants'?

Jacob Lurie, a mathematics professor at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., is one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."


Related Topix: Harvard University, Science, Charitable Organizations, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University

9 hrs ago | Hot Rod Magazine

The Mathematics Of Horsepower

As a lifetime reader of HOT ROD, Car Craft , and many other automotive magazines, I have noticed that engine horsepower and torque always reach a crossover point where the two are nearly identical. This occurs between 5,000 and 5,300 rpm, and it does not matter whether the build is stock or all-out race, or who manufactured or built the engine.


Related Topix: Science

12 hrs ago | News

Decrease In Welsh Diagnostic Treatment Waiting Times

The report notes: "The maximum wait for access to specified diagnostic tests is eight weeks and for specified therapy services is 14 weeks. The main target about time to treatment for the NHS in Wales is that 95 per cent of patients will have a referral to treatment time which is less than 26 weeks."


Related Topix: Science

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Did Johanna Budwig really cure cancer naturally?

Cancer. The very word causes a recoil, a visceral awareness that our statistical probability of "catching" this "disease" is astronomically high.


Related Topix: Medicine, Cancer, Health, Science, Marijuana, Physics, Chemistry, Nutrition

Hampton Roads Daily Press

York County SOLs look good in math, troubling in English

York County Public Schools' Standard of Learning pass rates year over year showed significant improvement in mathematics, but scores on the English reading test declined for students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8. Third-grade students had the largest decrease in the percentage of York County students passing the English reading test. Eighty-one percent of third-grade students passed the English reading SOL test in 2012-2013; 75 percent passed in 2013-2014.


Related Topix: Science

Ayer Public Spirit

Census: No big

The nation's poverty rate dipped in 2013, especially for Hispanic individuals, while the number of people remaining in poverty and median incomes remained relatively unchanged from 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. Changes in income inequality as measured by the bureau were not significant from 2012 to 2013, while the overall trend dating back to the late 1960s shows an increase in income inequality.


Related Topix: Science


New data shows Americans' incomes still stagnant after recession

In what has become a recurring theme in America's long slog back from the 2007-09 recession, most U.S. households again saw no noticeable increase in their income last year. A report from the Census Bureau on Tuesday showed the country's median household income edged up just $180 last year to $51,939, a gain deemed statistically insignificant.


Related Topix: Science, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Republican, US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan

News Max

Nate Silver: Odds of GOP Senate Takeover Significantly Down

The Republican Party's chances of taking control of the Senate have decreased significantly as the fortunes of Democrats in key states have surged, says Nate Silver of According to the former New York Times statistician, Republican odds stand at 55 percent, a drop from 64 percent just two weeks ago.


Related Topix: US News, Science, US Politics, Mark Udall, Senator Kay Hagan, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Senator Mark Udall, North Carolina Government, North Carolina

NewsOn6 Tulsa

Tahlequah High School Teacher Named 2015 'Teacher Of The Year'

Proctor is a Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus teacher at the Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah Public Schools. All 12 finalists from across the state gave short speeches before the winner was announced.


Related Topix: Science, Tahlequah, OK

I programmer

ABC - The 1st Computer?

If you are at all interested in the history of the computer you can't help but debate the question of who actually invented the first machine? It isn't a particularly meaningful question because reality usually cannot be summarised by a neat list of who invented what. There is no doubt that Babbage conceived of the idea of a computing machine long before the technology was right - but after that there are many competing claims to have built the first computer.


Related Topix: Computers, Inventions, Science / Technology, Science, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida

Athens Banner-Herald

UGA statistics professor receives national award

The American Statistical Association recently presented its Founders Award to Christine Franklin, the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of statistics. The ASA is the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, and the honor is presented annually to ASA members who have rendered distinguished and long-term service to the association.


Related Topix: Science, University of Georgia, Franklin College

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus buying software to improve crime DNA analysis

The Columbus City Council today approved using $69,000 in federal grant money to purchase software that will better separate multiple sources of DNA found at crime scenes. The computer software also should help scientists better determine the statistical probability that DNA matches a suspect or victim in a case.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Columbus, OH, Science, Franklin County, OH

The Chronicle

DSG Research Unit will harness data to solve campus issuesShivaan...

DSG recently announced the creation of the Duke Student Government Research Unit , a project designed to quantitatively review different facets of student life. The brainchild of DSG Executive Vice President Abhi Sanka, a junior, the unit aims to harness the power of statistics in order to answer some of the most pressing campus issues.


Mon Sep 15, 2014

Harvard Crimson

SEAS Expands Computational Science Program

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has further expanded its graduate program in Computational Science and Engineering, which now includes both a master of science degree and a master of engineering degree. The one-year master of science degree was introduced in fall 2013, while the two-year, research-focused master of engineering degree began just this fall.