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New Evidence That Sending People To Prison Makes Crime Worse

There’s a saying that there’s nothing like going to prison to turn you into a criminal. But now, a new study offers evidence that this homily is statistically sound. Every year a person is kept in prison increases their odds of committing another crime when they are released.


This Is What Happens When You Remix Calvin And Hobbes Using Maths

What happens when you take one of the world’s best cartoon strips and remix it with some random process maths? Wonderful gibberish is what.


An Awesome Modern Take On The Statistical Atlas Of The United States

The Statistical Atlas of the United States is a treasure trove for data lovers produced by the Census Bureau — but the last one to made dates back all the way to 2000. So Nathan Yau decided to make his own, using just publicly available data. It’s amazing.


These Maths Secrets Will Make You Love Times Tables

Most people will probably remember the times tables from primary school quizzes. There might be patterns in some of them (the simple doubling of the 2 times table) but others you just learnt by rote. And it was never quite clear just why it was necessary to know what 7 x 9 is off the top of your head.


Did You Know You Can Subtract Large Numbers By Adding Them?

Video: The MinutePhysics series has always been a goldmine of interesting facts and science explainers. But prepare to have your mind blown wide open this time as Henry Reich shows you an alternate way to manually subtract large numbers — by doing addition instead.


Singapore's Prime Minister Has Published His Own C++ Sudoku Solver

Everyone needs a hobby. For Lee Hsien Loon, that happens to be writing C++ Sudoku solvers and publishing them on the internet. Lee Hsien Loong also happens to be the Prime Minister of Singapore.


Digital Music Couldn't Exist Without The Fourier Transform

This is the Fourier Transform. You can thank it for providing the music you stream every day, squeezing down the images you see on the internet into tiny little JPG files, and even powering your noise-cancelling headphones. Here’s how it works.


Hunting For Random: The Quest To Find Numbers That Keep Your Data Safe

You indirectly use random numbers online every day — to establish secure connections, to encrypt data, perhaps even to satisfy your gambling problem. But their ubiquity belies the fact that they’re actually incredibly difficult to find. This is the story of where they come from.


How Do People Estimate Crowd Sizes?

Although the task of determining how many people attend something as large as say, a political rally or a protest may seem like a daunting, almost impossible undertaking to do with any accuracy, with some basic information, it’s actually not that difficult to get reasonably accurate results.


How To Fix A Wobbly Table Using Maths

We’ve all been sat drinking a beer only to realise that the table wobbles irritatingly. But while a piece of folded paper can solve the problem for a few minutes, there is a better solution — and it uses some simple maths.


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