A statistical blind spot that makes the US crime rate seem lower than it is
Imagine an American city with 2.2 million people, making it the fourth largest in the nation. Now imagine that city is a place where residents suffer routine violence and cruelty at rates unlike anywhere else in the country, where they are raped and beaten with alarming frequency by their neighbors and even the city officials who are paid to keep them safe. Now imagine that we, as a nation, didn't consider the vast majority of that violence to be criminal or even worth recording. That is, in effect, the state of the U.S. correctional system today.
VIDEO: Mood experiment on Facebook
Internet users are incensed at the revelation that Facebook researchers manipulated the content some users were shown in an attempt to gauge their emotional response.
The science of shyness
Shy people have quite a bit to contend with - not least the word itself.
It has a number of different meanings, none of which are flattering. To "shy away" from something implies avoidance; to "shy" can also mean to move suddenly in fright; to "be shy of" something can mean to come up short, or be insufficient.
Mobile web siphoning revenue from U.S. cities as landlines fade
Tweeting, Facebooking, Skyping smartphone users are costing U.S. states and cities revenue as taxes rooted in old-fashioned telephone service fail to keep up with the Internet era.
New dental tool could mean the end of fillings as we know them
There may come a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King's College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth "self-heal" lesions, or cavities, without drilling.
Scientists exposed to anthrax as U.S. lab procedures break down
About 75 scientists may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria in government labs after the material was mishandled while being used in experiments, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
May 2014 was the hottest may in recorded history
According to new data released this week, May 2014 is officially the warmest May in recorded history.
Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency have tentatively ranked May at the top of historical measurements, though NASA's numbers are preliminary because crucial information is still missing from China.
The end of 'Redskins?' Social media reacts to trademark cancellation
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the trademarks of the Washington Redskins on the basis that it is "disparaging to Native Americans.” Reaction to the decision was, predictably, divided and intense. Here is a sampling from Twitter and YouTube.
Amazon enters smartphone wars with Fire Phone
Amazon.com stepped into the smartphone ring Tuesday with the Fire Phone. Playing up Amazon's devotion to the individual customer and the media ecosystem it has built with its Prime subscription service, chief executive Jeff Bezos said that Amazon's growing universe of services set the phone apart.
NCAA could become casualty of paid athletes
The NCAA is arguing a losing case in a California courtroom. Television and marketing deals heap money on athletic conferences, colleges and coaches while those who actually play the games get scholarships that don't even cover their full cost of attendance. Here's the hard question: What would fairness look like?
- A statistical blind spot that makes the US crime rate seem lower than it is