Data Filter
  1. The 99 Best Things that Happened in 2017

    Many might want to forget 2017 ever happened; at Quartz, Angus Harvey compiled a list of 99 things that might help salvage the image of the year that just ended.

    Culture
  2. Going Underground to Explore London’s Secret Tunnels

    Guy Shrubsole digs up land-registry data to discover a secret network of Cold War-era tunnels just beneath central London — maps included.

    Data
  3. The Terrible Truth About Dreidel

    “Cheaters have lined their pockets with our gelt”: math educator Ben Orlin takes a deep, fun, illustrated dive into the probability models of dreidel-spinning, a beloved Hanukkah tradition.

    Data
  4. Global Catastrophe Is Just Two Melted Glaciers Away

    In a widely shared article, Grist writer and meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns about the rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers and the devastating floods that could ensue.

    Current Events
  5. Transforming Energy Use in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

    Post-Hurricane Harvey, Andrew Campbell of the University of California – Berkeley’s Energy Institute sees opportunity — the opportunity to move Houston toward an energy-efficient future in a way that also helps with the community’s recovery.

    Current Events
  6. The era of blind faith in big data must end

    Longtime WordPress.com blogger Cathy O’Neil advocates for morality in algorithms in her new TED Talk, “The era of blind faith in big data must end.”

    Academia
  7. The Alan Turing Institute

    The Alan Turing Institute is the United Kingdom’s national institute for data science. Turing’s work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering, and computing are considered to be the foundation of the data science field.

    Data
  8. Undark

    Undark Magazine explores science at the point where it intersects — and sometimes collides — with politics, economics and culture.

    Business
  9. Cancer in Canada

    Canadians’ odds of getting sick or dying depend surprisingly on where they live. Check out the National Post’s interactive map to learn more about cancer in Canada.

    Data
  10. Robot Cars and the Fear Gap

    From Ketan Joshi: “No technology will result in the complete eradication of vehicular fatalities, but considering the major role of human error in car accidents, computer assistance and eventual control should lead to a serious reduction of death and injury. Currently, this doesn’t matter.”

    Data
  11. Math with Bad Drawings

    “Math, teaching, copious metaphors, and drawings that will never ever earn a spot on the fridge.” Welcome to the blog of Ben Orlin, which blends mathematics, humor, and really bad drawings.

    Data
  12. Make Wealth History

    On his blog, UK-based writer Jeremy Williams publishes on sustainability, global inequality, and the need to “use less, want less, and be more generous” to protect our planet and its inhabitants.

    Commentary
  13. mathbabe

    At mathbabe, Cathy O’Neil vents about quantitative issues. She’s the author of Weapons of Math Destruction, which was longlisted for a National Book Award in 2016.

    Authors
  14. Our World In Data

    Explore empirical data that charts the history and development of human civilization at Max Roser’s site, Our World in Data.

    Data
    Image by dirkcuys CC-BY SA 2.0
  15. Cathy O’Neil on the Cold Destructiveness of Big Data

    Data scientist Cathy O’Neil comments on how algorithms — “under the guise of math, fairness, and objectivity — reinforce and magnify the old biases and power dynamics that we hoped they would eliminate.”

    Data
    Photos by Johnny Simon (Quartz)