Visualizing 10 unusual causes of death in the CDC mortality database

Let me make two things clear right up front: The metrics I used to decide what causes of death are unusual are purely subjective, i.e. which of the thousands of causes I skimmed through caught my eye and made me go, “Huh.” It is in no way my intention to make fun of anyone’s death. … Read more Visualizing 10 unusual causes of death in the CDC mortality database

It’s not hard to remember a different, strong password for every website

Let’s take it as a given that it’s a good idea to have a long password with upper case, lower case, numerals and special characters. Let’s take it as a given that it’s a good idea to have a different password for every website, and the main reason people don’t is because it’s very difficult … Read more It’s not hard to remember a different, strong password for every website

Hurricanes with male names are at least as deadly as those with female names

Lots of new services have been passing on the startling conclusions of a recent academic paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a quite high-impact journal, that, and these are direct quotes from the paper in question’s abstract: feminine-named hurricanes cause significantly more deaths than do masculine-named hurricanes. Laboratory experiments indicate that this is … Read more Hurricanes with male names are at least as deadly as those with female names

the irony of soviet silver fox

Genetics was an outlaw science in the early Soviet Union: the idea that characteristics are inheritable smacked of an elitist plot to claim the class system was biologically predetermined. Biologist Dmitri Belyaev (1917-1985) was dismissed from his post in a Moscow fur breeding laboratory in 1948 for his insistence that Darwinian artificial selection could produce … Read more the irony of soviet silver fox