Americans, Have You Ever Considered That You Are the Abnormal Ones?

A recent survey from Pew Research found that 18-34 year-olds are living with their parents for much longer than any generation since the 1960s. 43% of men and 37% of women in this age group are living at home. Commentators on last night’s PBS News Hour called it “the new normal.” But it’s actually the same old normal.… »11/12/15 8:11pm11/12/15 8:11pm


We're Only Beginning To Understand Why Humans Have a Skewed Sex Ratio

The ratio of newborn boys to girls slightly and consistently leans toward males: around 106 boys are born for every 100 girls. If that seems odd to you, it should: the way sperm form suggests that the ratio of X-sperm to Y-sperm should be exactly 50:50–and scientists are only now beginning to understand why the skew… »8/20/15 12:20pm8/20/15 12:20pm

Did You Know Getting Bit By A Tick Could Paralyze Your Face?

30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, making it the most common vector-borne disease in America. Both you and your dog are exposed to it every time you’re outdoors. It can block your heart, cause intense pain and, sometimes, even lead to death. And reported cases are on the rise.
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This App Tells You The Probability Of Your Plane Crashing

'Rational expectations' is a term commonly thrown around by economists trying to work out why people do stuff. It's based on the idea that individuals weigh up the pros and cons of a certain action, and use that to make a decision. It's one of the fundamental underpinnings of a free market economic model, but as this… »2/07/15 1:00pm2/07/15 1:00pm

OK Cupid on Oregon and Vermont's Shared Porn Interests, Shower Hatred

With enough data, even the most seemingly random, disconnected sequence of events can be teased apart and explained through the power of statistical analysis. And thanks to the reams upon reams of data points collected through his hit dating website, OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder explores the kinks, tendencies,… »9/11/14 2:50pm9/11/14 2:50pm

Here's a map that shows which states have the longest and shortest sex

Well, well, well, New Mexico. Who knew you were so full of love? Turns out, your state ranks number one in the entire country for duration of sex with a 'whopping' 7 minutes and 1 second average. Go have some fun because according to this map, you're the clear winner. As for the state that has the shortest sex… »2/19/14 10:09pm2/19/14 10:09pm

Facebook Data Shows How Many People Graduate College with True Love

It’s a myth that’s been around for nearly a century: Most of us are destined to meet our spouses during those magical/fraught years that make up college. But is there any truth to it? Facebook’s crack team of data scientists have mined our collective Facebook data to find out—and some of their results are pretty… »10/07/13 2:25pm10/07/13 2:25pm