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The magical maths of pool testing
Could pool testing hold the key to ramping up Covid-19 testing?
Caffeine and pregnancy
Do coffee and pregnancy mix?
Trump’s misleading 'fact' about the Covid-19 death count in the US
We examine a suspect stat from the US and an eye-popping claim about volumising mascara.
A short history of probability
Gamblers, millionaires and annuities
Auction Theory - Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson
This year’s Nobel memorial prize winners for economics and their work on auction theory.
US election: facts or fiction
Tim Harford hears about the sheer volume of false claims made in the campaign.
Asymptomatic Covid-19 cases
How many Covid-19 cases are truly asymptomatic?
How deadly is Covid 19?
Why there isn’t one single death rate.
How much protection will a new Covid-19 vaccine give?
Inviting Covid for Dinner
If you go to a gathering of 25 people, what are the chances one of you has coronavirus?
Tracking Covid 19
Which countries are doing well at keeping track of the virus?
Vaccines: How safe and who gets it?
Is it too soon to approve for use? Plus choosing who goes first.
QAnon: Child runaways and trafficking numbers debunked
Tackling statistics spread by conspiracy theorists.
The economics of a Covid Christmas
What to consider when buying presents this year
Numbers of the year: Part one
Tim Harford showcases statistics from 2020
Numbers of the year: Part two
Ants and Algorithms
David Sumpter describes the algorithms ruling the world
How effective is one Covid vaccine dose?
Calculating the protection given by the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
Counting Covid’s impact on GDP
Which countries have done worse, and what can GDP tell us?