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What’s Worse: Unwanted Mutations or Unwanted Humans? - Facts So Romantic

After a fatal series of errors and malfunctions in the early morning of April 26, 1986, the core of the Chernobyl nuclear facility melted down and …


Can Cities Make Us Better Citizens?

What is a city? The sociologist Richard Sennett once opted for a deceptively simple definition: a city, he wrote, is “a human settlement in which strangers are likely to meet.” For Sennett, meeting strangers is a civic duty. He arrived at this belief in the course of a fifty-year career, and his …

Urban Design

The 99% Is a Myth—Here's How It Really Breaks Down


Disability rates among working-age adults are shaped by race, place, and education

By Martha Ross, Nicole BatemanA smaller share of people in their prime working years (25-54) are employed now than in decades past, and some have …


What City Ants Can Teach Us About Species Evolution And Climate Change

Is the rapid evolution of a certain ant species to urban environments a preview of life on a warming planet? Some researchers are trying to find …

An animated neuRal net implementation

1. Forward propagation<p>Forward propagation is the first pass through the data, calculating an output based on the weights of each edge. The …

Deep Learning

Postmodern architecture wasn’t meant to last – but now it’s part of the establishment

There is a certain irony in the return of postmodernism to, if not respectability, then at least a level of grudging respect. The resuscitation of a …


Start with Data Science as an Introduction to Statistical Thinking

Symposium on Data Science and Statistics 2018 Thu, May 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Grand Ballroom G<p>Abstract<p>The introductory statistics course has evolved …

Data Science

Black Achilles

The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether?<i>By Tim Whitmarsh</i>Read at Aeon

Ancient History

Britain Wants to Protect Its Postmodernist Architecture

Following an announcement by Historic England yesterday, 17 buildings, the youngest of which was designed in 1991, will be preserved. It’s not hard to see why the newly listed buildings caught conservationists’ eyes.<p>How old does a building have to be before it is deemed a historic monument? In …

North London

Could a Basic Income Plan End Poverty in Washington, D.C.?

One of the first evidence-based studies of universal basic income suggests it would be prohibitively expensive. A lively debate ensues.<p>For all its …

Income Inequality

Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.<p>Picture …

Why Alaska’s Experience Shows Promise for Universal Basic Income

Encouraging results from Alaska’s oil royalty program point to universal basic income as a potentially viable idea, experts say.

Income Inequality

Asian and European cities compete for the title of most expensive city

SINGAPORE remains the most expensive city in the world for the fifth year running, according to the latest findings of the Worldwide Cost of Living …

Which is the best language to learn?

Once a mark of the cultured, language-learning is in retreat among English speakers. It’s never too late, but where to start?<p><b>An introduction by</b> …

Wrangling Data Table Out Of the FBI 2017 IC3 Crime Report

(This article was first published on <b> R –</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)The U.S. FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center was established in …

Data Science

Violent crime is down in Chicago

RAHM EMANUEL is an expensive date for Ken Griffin. Encouraged by Chicago’s forceful mayor, after he complained about the overcrowded lakefront trail, …


A History of What We Do in the Dark

Archaeologists investigate what life was like after dark in the ancient world and how the saturation of artificial light has changed our relationship …

Northern Europe

Meet the Researcher Dispelling Old Myths About the Racial Wealth Gap

Pernicious myths about income inequality remain pervasive in our society—for example, that better education will close the racial wealth gap. …

Income Inequality

Street Grids May Make Cities Hotter

By comparing buildings to water molecules, researchers found that the form of a city can intensify the urban heat island effect.<p>In 1995, an unbearable heatwave in Chicago, with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees, killed an estimated 739 people. The extreme heat was in part a consequence of the …

Urban Design

The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds

America's Urban Trees Are Disappearing

We're losing about 36 million trees every year, according to a new study.Urban and community areas in the United States are losing their trees, …


The Quest to Solve Seattle’s Housing Crisis

Zach Lubarsky, a 27-year-old programmer, has a radical idea to change how Seattle builds homes.


Can better urban design help Philadelphia fight the opioid crisis?

A bright mural of cartoonish clocks and playful meditations on time cover a boarded-up former textile mill at the edge of the Conrail tracks in …


It's a simple and effective way to combat air pollution.

Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People

LONDON — For more than a year, Finland has been testing the proposition that the best way to lift economic fortunes may be the simplest: Hand out money without rules or restrictions on how people use it.<p>The experiment with so-called universal basic income has captured global attention as a …


Latin America’s homicide epidemic

LATIN America boasts just 8% of the world’s population, but it accounts for 38% of its murders. The number of criminal killings in the region came to …

Latin America

A metropolitan world

Urbanisation might be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continent<i>By Michael Goebel</i>Read at …


Awash in Unused Medications, With No Good Place to Put Them

Thousands of sites, including pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics, are eligible to serve as drug take-back sites. So why do so few participate?<p>In May …