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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue 15th Feb 2011

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Different strokes for different folks

“Stroke takes enormous toll on Hollywood stars” reads a press release for a study pr

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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue 8th Feb 2011

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Charities begin at home

The charities are making a fuss over cuts in public spending.

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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue 1st Feb 2011

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Odd birth claims: The Guardian weighs in

Last Wednesday I chided The Sun for misculating the odds of giving birth to three babies at

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Nigel Hawkes :: Mon 31st Jan 2011

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Confusing Canada's infant mortality

The National Post, a Canadian national newspaper based in Toronto, has got its infant mortality rates in a twist.
 

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Nigel Hawkes :: Fri 28th Jan 2011

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Standard recycles out of date figures on domestic homicides

Once a “fact” is in the electronics cuttings library it makes regular reappearances.

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Nigel Hawkes :: Wed 26th Jan 2011

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Chip off the old clock

The Sun (Monday) reported an interesting coincidence

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Comments (4) :: Last comment Tue 1st Feb 2011

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed 26th Jan 2011

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Journalists go to sleep counting penguins

When a leading journal publishes a mathematical error, how many journalists spot it? Very few, to judge from a recent slip by Nature.
 

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Nigel Hawkes :: Fri 21st Jan 2011

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New figures on women killed by partners

Refuge got a few headlines before Christmas with a press release saying that homicides of women by their husbands or partners had risen from 72 in 2008 to 101 in 2009.

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Comments (0) :: Last comment Fri 21st Jan 2011

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed 19th Jan 2011

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A blind eye to the birth rate, part 2

Has Sir David Nicholson, the chief executive of the NHS (pictured), been reading Straight Statistics?

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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue 11th Jan 2011

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Much ado about New York abortions

Anti-abortion campaigners in New York have recently been shocked by the discovery that 41 per cent of pregnancies in the city end in terminations.

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Comments (1) :: Last comment Tue 18th Jan 2011