Major sports events and the benefits to the local economy. Read more
The economic impact of mega sporting events
Major sports events and the benefits to the local economy.
Hottest Easter, Insects, Scottish villages
Should we be surprised Easter Monday was the hottest recorded?
Bernie Sanders and the cost of having a baby
Did Bernie Sanders get the cost of giving birth right?
Nurses, flatmates and cats
We look into sobering statistics about nurses and some curious claims about house-sharing
Avengers - Should we reverse the snap?
Exploring the economic impact of losing half the world’s population
Sex, coal, missing people and mice
Are we having less sex? And what happened to coal? (These items are unrelated.)
Sex Every Seven Seconds
We revisit some classic topics from past years
Heart deaths, Organised crime and Gender data gaps
Are more people dying from coronary disease? Plus how we need more economic data on women
Making music out of Money
A musical interpretation of a chart depicting the yield-curve of American bonds.
Eurovision and fact-checking Naomi Wolf
The stats behind making a successful song, plus misunderstanding Victorian court records.
WS More or Less: Florence Nightingale – recognising the nurse statistician
How collecting data about the dead led the famous nurse to promote better sanitation.
Hay Festival Special
What does it mean to say that the UK is the fifth largest economy in the world?
WS More or Less: Volcanoes versus humans
Does Mount Etna produce more carbon emissions than humans? We check the numbers.
Are married women flipping miserable?
Measuring happiness, university access in Scotland, plus will one in two get cancer?
WS More or Less: The things we fail to see
The hidden influences that a make a big difference to the way the world works.
WS More or Less: Dealing with the Numbers of Cancer
How one woman used statistics to help cope with cancer.
Questioning the Chernobyl disaster death count
We fact check the recent TV drama Chernobyl
Is nuclear power actually safer than you think?
We compare how deadly different forms of power generation are.
Two World Cups: Football and Cricket
We look at numbers involved with the two World Cups going on right now.
Zimbabwe’s economy: Are sanctions to blame?
We look at politicians’ claims that sanctions are to blame for Zimbabwe’s difficulties.
Missing women from drug trials
How medical testing on just men causes problems.
Pregnancy prohibitions – the evidence
Taking a statistical look at what expectant mothers should avoid.
The spread of fact-checking in Africa
With misinformation so easy to spread, how can it be stopped or challenged?
Immigrant Crime Rate in the US
Do immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans in the United States?
Mice and mind blowing maths
Re-inserting a caveat and discussing a really cool numbers trick.
Exam grades, Chernobyl and Ethiopian trees
Was your A Level grade correct? Plus were 350m trees planted in one day in Ethiopia?
WS More or Less: Ethiopia’s 350m trees in a day
Were millions of trees planted in just one day in Ethiopia?
Amazon fires, state pension and American burgers
Are forest fires in Brazil the worst in recent times? What is the state pension worth?
WS More or Less: Amazon forest fires
Are they really 85 percent worse than last year?
Climate deaths, austerity and pet food
Challenging the idea of six billion deaths due to climate change; plus what pets eat.
WS More or Less: Deforestation in Brazil
Has it increased significantly since President Bolsonaro took office in January?
Maternal deaths, taxi driver earnings and statistical pop music
Are black women five times more likely to die in childbirth? Plus making pop music.
WS More or Less: Cape Town murders
Are eight people a day murdered in Cape Town and is that number unusually high?