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Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 22/09/2011 - 13:23

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Spin trumps statistics in Whitehall, says Sir Michael

Promises by the Conservatives that they would “take the moral high ground” on statistics have not been redeemed, Sir Michael Scholar says.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 05/07/2011 - 16:03

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Dog eats dog on The Guardian

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 15:02

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Different strokes for different folks

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

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 12/01/2011 - 13:47

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Tracking cultural change in a blizzard of words

Have you ever wondered about the rising popularity of a word?

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 01/11/2010 - 16:12

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Taking liberties with the “liberal gene”

Scientists find the gene that makes you a liberal, reported the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, and the Daily Express last week.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 09/09/2010 - 16:49

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Give a boy a bad name ...

Another ludicrous survey from our friends at 72Point, swallowed whole by The Sun, Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Record and the Daily Mail online.

Wed, 23/06/2010 - 09:32

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Making Sense of Statistics

Straight Statistics collaborated with Sense about Science to produce a simple guide to numerical and statistical traps, Making Sense of Statistics.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 18/05/2010 - 14:34

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Good polls, poorly reported

Opinion polls fell thick and fast during the General Election. At times political correspondents appeared to be clinging to them like drowning men to a leaky life raft.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 08/03/2010 - 16:29

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How to satisfy the sleepyheads on national newsdesks

Some newspapers today ran a “survey” showing that we get too little sleep – just six hours seven minutes a night.

Robert Whiston :: Sun, 11/10/2009 - 16:34

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Did the Second World War really emancipate women?

Land Girls, which concludes tonight on BBC 1, is the latest in a genre that has served the TV listings well, combining a wartime background with the opportunity to see women enjoying emancipation from their traditional roles.