Peter Innes

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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

OKCupid: we experiment on users. Everyone does

Dating service OkCupid has cheerfully admitted to manipulating what it shows users, a month after Facebook faced a storm of protest when it revealed that it had conducted psychological experiments.<p>Christian Rudder, OkCupid’s co-founder and data scientist, posted three examples of experiments the …

Audio Q&A: Professor Joseph Stiglitz on inequality, rent-seeking and Australia's 'brand name'

Nobel Laureate and renowned economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz has been packing out lecture theatres in Australia in the past week. During his …

DataSift works with the United Nations to analyze social data for humanitarian missions

<i>Updated at 9:58 a.m. PST to show DataSift provides access to social data from more than just Twitter.</i><p>Social data provider DataSift and the United Nations Global Pulse today announced a partnership to pursue the “social good of the highest order,” as Rob Bailey, DataSift’s chief executive, put …

This Smartphone Tracker Creates Stunningly Accurate City Maps

Human knows every move you make. And it results in some beautiful maps.<p>Fitness tracker apps have exploded in popularity since the rise of motion sensors like Apple's M7 chip. Basically, a new phone bought today can tell if you are walking or running, and if you drove to your destination in a car or …

Graphs are no longer enough: it's time wonks and experts joined the fight

Political deference to experts is disappearing. Economists are popularly derided for their role in the 2007-2008 financial crisis, that resulted in huge wealth transfers to the rich. Scientists who warn about climate change are accused by denialists of outright political conspiracy. The claims of …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …