Helena Merriman with numbers about water shortage, plastic recycling and American jobs
Numbers of the Year Part Two
The Mathematics of Fever
We look at the numbers behind body temperature – what is normal?
Close Encounters of a Planetary Kind
Which planet is closest to Earth?
Is Suicide Seasonal?
Tim Harford asks which times of the year are riskiest for suicide.
You Have 15,000 Likes!
When listener Helen got 15,000 likes on Tinder she questioned the stats behind swiping
Hyperinflation in Venezuela
Tim Harford on the astonishing speed of price rises in Venezuela; teenagers’ screen use
When maths mistakes really matter
Tim Harford talks to Matt Parker about how simple maths mistakes can cause big problems.
How to make your artwork more valuable
Six top tips on how to get the best price for your art
Could insects go extinct in one hundred years?
The gender gap in tech
Are women really less likely than men to be hired for jobs in tech?
Daylight saving time and heart attacks
Does the sudden loss of an hour of sleep raise the risk of having a heart attack?
Is Mansa Musa the richest person of all time?
Is the West African king, Mansa Musa, the richest person who ever lived?
Chess cheats and the GOAT
What a statistical analysis of chess moves can teach us about this ancient game.
Rounding up the weed killer cancer conundrum
We examine the cancer-causing potential of the weed killer glyphosate
Where is Scotland’s highest village?
A battle is brewing in the Southern Scottish uplands between two rival villages.
The economic impact of mega sporting events
Major sports events and the benefits to the local economy.
Bernie Sanders and the cost of having a baby
Did Bernie Sanders get the cost of giving birth right?
Avengers - Should we reverse the snap?
Exploring the economic impact of losing half the world’s population
US and British surveys show people are having less sex than in the past.
Making music out of money
A musical interpretation of a chart depicting the yield-curve of American bonds.
Florence Nightingale – recognising the nurse statistician
How collecting data about the dead led the famous nurse to promote better sanitation.
Volcanoes versus humans
Does Mount Etna produce more carbon emissions than humans? We check the numbers.
The things we fail to see
The hidden influences that make a big difference to the way the world works
Dealing with the numbers of cancer
How one woman used statistics to help cope with cancer
Are married women flipping miserable?
Questioning the claim that unmarried women without children are the happiest
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.
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 rates in the US
Do immigrants commit more crime than native-born Americans in the United States?