• Greater Male Variability hypothesis challenged

    Sorry fellas, you’re not ‘more variable’ than women, and it doesn’t explain the gender pay gap.

    For over a century, the idea of ‘greater male variability’ has been used by some biologists to explain why there are ...

    Biology January 11, 2022
  • There are about 50 billion birds alive today

    Data from a massive citizen science project is used to estimate global bird numbers.

    An Australian study has set out to measure the number of birds worldwide, returning an estimate of 50 billion – altho...

    Australia May 18, 2021
  • Humans can have more or less than 150 friends

    A new paper questions the validity of Dunbar’s number, which places a limit on social interactions.

    You may have heard that the human brain can manage social relationships with about 150 people. Or perhaps you heard 2...

    Anthropology May 5, 2021
  • Is sport killing us?

    More than 1100 Australians died while playing sport over the last two decades – an average of mor...

    In a study published last Friday in the journal PLOSone, researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) presented the ...

    Culture April 25, 2021
  • Conversation

    How do we know stats can be trusted?

    Talking to the humans behind the numbers.

    In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was gathering force around the world, reporters asked Brendan Murphy, then Aust...

    Features October 23, 2020
  • Conversation

    How to read COVID-19 statistics correctly

    Five common errors that fuel confusion and misinformation.

    If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on ...

    Features September 14, 2020
  • Digitally deconstructing Beethoven

    Statistics & musicology combine to illuminate composer’s work.

    Beethoven's music was dominated by just a few major chords, researchers suggest.That’s not a criticism; it’s their ...

    Mathematics June 9, 2019
  • Acting success is a function of maths

    Machine analysis fails to give hope to struggling performers.

    Success in showbusiness, at least according to cynics and more than a few out-of-work actors, does not depend on tale...

    Mathematics June 4, 2019
  • Teen screen use as harmful as potatoes

    Mental health impacts of digital tech have been exaggerated.

    The impact of screen time on the well-being of adolescents is too small to warrant policy change, according to a Brit...

    Society January 14, 2019
  • Judging the sports judges

    Eccentric & dishonest scoring during elite sporting comps.

    A new study published on the preprint server arXiv – and thus awaiting peer review – has placed scoring judges in spo...

    Mathematics August 5, 2018
  • Socceroos unlikely to win World Cup

    Chances of an Australian victory in the global football comp.

    If a simulation he devised is any indication, decision analyst Steve Begg of the Australian School of Petroleum at th...

    Mathematics June 10, 2018
  • Life definitely isn’t fair, new research shows.

    Relative influence of talent and luck has been modelled.

    If you’re a highly talented or super-intelligent person, you may as well give up now, because you’re very unlikely to...

    Mathematics March 1, 2018
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