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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 - 2018-10-17T10:59:39+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 50 percent of new guitarists According to a study from Fender, the guitar company, 50 percent of all “beginner and aspirational” guitar players are women. When the company found similar results a few years ago, it thought the ratio might a […]

Will The Midterms Decide Who Runs In 2020? - 2018-10-17T09:58:11+00:00
Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): It is now 21 DAYS UNTIL THE MIDTERMS!! And while voters will mainly be deciding who controls Congress, they’ll also maybe be deciding what kind of Democrat should run in 2020. For instance, if Democrats don’t take […]

Alex Bregman Is Not Interested In That Crap Out Of The Zone - 2018-10-16T19:07:04+00:00
With two outs and a man on base in the ninth inning Sunday, Alex Bregman grimaced after connecting on a Craig Kimbrel offering. He had just missed a game-tying homer, instead hitting a fly ball that fell into Andrew Benintendi’s glove on the warning track in front of the Green Monster for the final out. […]

No, LaCroix Isn’t Poisoning You Like You’re A Giant Cockroach - 2018-10-16T18:00:28+00:00
Two weeks ago, a hullabaloo broke out over a lawsuit alleging that canned seltzer from LaCroix contains an ingredient found in “cockroach insecticide.” Suddenly, the canned water with the cult-like following didn’t sound so appetizing. But there was never any bug killer in the seltzer. Instead, the incident highlights an uncomfortable truth: Food and beverage […]

The 6 Things We’re Watching This NBA Season - 2018-10-16T15:02:09+00:00
Another NBA season gets underway tonight, and aside from the obvious question — can the Warriors piece together three consecutive championships? — there are several things worth watching. We took a crack at analyzing a handful of them, and how we think they might play out, just ahead of the games on opening night. Will […]

An Upset That Nobody Sees Coming Could Determine Control Of The House - 2018-10-16T11:40:54+00:00
In 2016, one of Hillary Clinton’s mistakes was not campaigning in the wrong states so much as not campaigning in enough states. Of course, it would have been nice if she’d known ahead of time exactly where President Trump was likely to do well — that he really could win in Michigan and Wisconsin, for […]

Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 - 2018-10-16T11:01:49+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $2.65 billion in losses The music industry loses out on some $2.65 billion a year thanks to businesses playing music for their customers misusing personal streaming services such as Spotify, according to a Nielsen Music study. When music is played for […]

What Happens When Humans Fall In Love With An Invasive Species - 2018-10-16T09:58:47+00:00
On a rocky strip of Lake Superior beachfront, the rites of spring begin at dusk and involve fish. Lots and lots of fish. Every year, like clockwork, slender, silvery rainbow smelt, each no longer than your hand, return from deeper waters. They arrive just as the crust of winter ice on the water breaks apart, […]

Young Voters Might Actually Show Up At The Polls This Year - 2018-10-16T09:58:17+00:00
The question on many Democrats’ minds is: Will young people turn out to vote in 2018? Recent survey data has liberals worried. In particular, a recent Gallup poll found that only 26 percent of American adults age 18 to 29 said they were “absolutely certain to vote.” Meanwhile, the Public Religion Research Institute found that […]

Politics Podcast: Can Democrats Win Big With Only Women? - 2018-10-15T20:34:52+00:00
In this week’s episode, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew considers whether Democrats can win the House or Senate by relying solely on their advantages with women. The team also looks at early indicators of who might run for president in 2020, such as who has visited Iowa, written a book or campaigned for fellow party […]

The Chiefs’ Defense Is Worse Than Their Offense Is Great - 2018-10-15T20:03:45+00:00
The Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in New England showed they have the second-most explosive offense in football. The most explosive one? Whomever they happen to be playing. Through six games, the Chiefs are the worst defense ever measured in yards allowed. They’ve yielded 2,809 yards, or 468.2 per game, and are on pace […]

From The Warriors To The Knicks, How We’re Predicting The 2018-19 NBA - 2018-10-15T15:00:15+00:00
The NBA is back in action this week, which means it’s time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see what the league’s future might hold. You may be surprised to learn that the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets look good on paper, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings … […]

Significant Digits For Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 - 2018-10-15T10:42:42+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 150 stores The venerable retailer Sears — kids, think of a company like Amazon but in a physical building and without books, I guess? — is planning to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close up to 150 stores. Ten years ago, […]

Who Can Stop The Supreme Court? - 2018-10-15T10:01:09+00:00
Now that he’s officially taken his seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh has no obvious reason to care what you think. Neither does Sonia Sotomayor, or Samuel Alito, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They and their colleagues are justices for life, which should in theory give them the freedom to write unpopular opinions. But Supreme […]

Why The House And Senate Are Moving In Opposite Directions - 2018-10-14T13:20:21+00:00
At first, I was a little skeptical of the narrative that Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process could send the House and Senate moving in opposite directions. Usually in politics, a rising tide lifts all boats — so whichever party benefited from the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation would expect to see its fortunes improve in both […]

What Climate Change Taught Us About Hurricanes - 2018-10-12T20:29:43+00:00
Cities torn apart. Thousands of people displaced. Impassable roads and a search for the missing and the dead in rubble that stretches for miles. Anyone reading the news following Hurricane Michael’s landfall on Wednesday knows how devastating a single hurricane can be. So it’s no surprise that, until relatively recently, forecasters’ emphasis was on individual […]

The Bears Don’t Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback - 2018-10-12T18:00:56+00:00
When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the […]

The Brewers Are The Rare Team To Win The Offseason And The Actual Season - 2018-10-12T13:00:41+00:00
Winning the offseason — signing the marquee free agent and/or making the headline-grabbing trade — does not correlate strongly with actual winning. The San Diego Padres “won” the 2014-15 offseason by adding Craig Kimbrel, James Shields and a host of other players, then went on to lose 88 games the following season. The previous winter, […]

So You Want To Tether Your Goat. Now What? - 2018-10-12T12:00:49+00:00
🚨🚨🚨 “The Riddler” book is out now! It’s chock-full of the best puzzles from this column (and, fret not, their answers) and some that have never been seen before. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for riddling with us these past three years. 🚨🚨🚨 Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up […]

Significant Digits For Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - 2018-10-12T10:51:14+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. More than 60 percent of searches According to new research in the journal Science, more than 60 percent of DNA searches on a relatively small data set of about 1.3 million people would result in finding a person’s third cousin or […]

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Features – FiveThirtyEight -

Significant Digits For Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 - 2018-10-17T10:59:39+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 50 percent of new guitarists According to a study from Fender, the guitar company, 50 percent of all “beginner and aspirational” guitar players are women. When the company found similar results a few years ago, it thought the ratio might a […]

Will The Midterms Decide Who Runs In 2020? - 2018-10-17T09:58:11+00:00
Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): It is now 21 DAYS UNTIL THE MIDTERMS!! And while voters will mainly be deciding who controls Congress, they’ll also maybe be deciding what kind of Democrat should run in 2020. For instance, if Democrats don’t take […]

Alex Bregman Is Not Interested In That Crap Out Of The Zone - 2018-10-16T19:07:04+00:00
With two outs and a man on base in the ninth inning Sunday, Alex Bregman grimaced after connecting on a Craig Kimbrel offering. He had just missed a game-tying homer, instead hitting a fly ball that fell into Andrew Benintendi’s glove on the warning track in front of the Green Monster for the final out. […]

No, LaCroix Isn’t Poisoning You Like You’re A Giant Cockroach - 2018-10-16T18:00:28+00:00
Two weeks ago, a hullabaloo broke out over a lawsuit alleging that canned seltzer from LaCroix contains an ingredient found in “cockroach insecticide.” Suddenly, the canned water with the cult-like following didn’t sound so appetizing. But there was never any bug killer in the seltzer. Instead, the incident highlights an uncomfortable truth: Food and beverage […]

The 6 Things We’re Watching This NBA Season - 2018-10-16T15:02:09+00:00
Another NBA season gets underway tonight, and aside from the obvious question — can the Warriors piece together three consecutive championships? — there are several things worth watching. We took a crack at analyzing a handful of them, and how we think they might play out, just ahead of the games on opening night. Will […]

An Upset That Nobody Sees Coming Could Determine Control Of The House - 2018-10-16T11:40:54+00:00
In 2016, one of Hillary Clinton’s mistakes was not campaigning in the wrong states so much as not campaigning in enough states. Of course, it would have been nice if she’d known ahead of time exactly where President Trump was likely to do well — that he really could win in Michigan and Wisconsin, for […]

Significant Digits For Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 - 2018-10-16T11:01:49+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $2.65 billion in losses The music industry loses out on some $2.65 billion a year thanks to businesses playing music for their customers misusing personal streaming services such as Spotify, according to a Nielsen Music study. When music is played for […]

What Happens When Humans Fall In Love With An Invasive Species - 2018-10-16T09:58:47+00:00
On a rocky strip of Lake Superior beachfront, the rites of spring begin at dusk and involve fish. Lots and lots of fish. Every year, like clockwork, slender, silvery rainbow smelt, each no longer than your hand, return from deeper waters. They arrive just as the crust of winter ice on the water breaks apart, […]

Young Voters Might Actually Show Up At The Polls This Year - 2018-10-16T09:58:17+00:00
The question on many Democrats’ minds is: Will young people turn out to vote in 2018? Recent survey data has liberals worried. In particular, a recent Gallup poll found that only 26 percent of American adults age 18 to 29 said they were “absolutely certain to vote.” Meanwhile, the Public Religion Research Institute found that […]

Politics Podcast: Can Democrats Win Big With Only Women? - 2018-10-15T20:34:52+00:00
In this week’s episode, the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew considers whether Democrats can win the House or Senate by relying solely on their advantages with women. The team also looks at early indicators of who might run for president in 2020, such as who has visited Iowa, written a book or campaigned for fellow party […]

The Chiefs’ Defense Is Worse Than Their Offense Is Great - 2018-10-15T20:03:45+00:00
The Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in New England showed they have the second-most explosive offense in football. The most explosive one? Whomever they happen to be playing. Through six games, the Chiefs are the worst defense ever measured in yards allowed. They’ve yielded 2,809 yards, or 468.2 per game, and are on pace […]

From The Warriors To The Knicks, How We’re Predicting The 2018-19 NBA - 2018-10-15T15:00:15+00:00
The NBA is back in action this week, which means it’s time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see what the league’s future might hold. You may be surprised to learn that the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets look good on paper, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings … […]

Significant Digits For Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 - 2018-10-15T10:42:42+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 150 stores The venerable retailer Sears — kids, think of a company like Amazon but in a physical building and without books, I guess? — is planning to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close up to 150 stores. Ten years ago, […]

Who Can Stop The Supreme Court? - 2018-10-15T10:01:09+00:00
Now that he’s officially taken his seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh has no obvious reason to care what you think. Neither does Sonia Sotomayor, or Samuel Alito, or Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They and their colleagues are justices for life, which should in theory give them the freedom to write unpopular opinions. But Supreme […]

Why The House And Senate Are Moving In Opposite Directions - 2018-10-14T13:20:21+00:00
At first, I was a little skeptical of the narrative that Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process could send the House and Senate moving in opposite directions. Usually in politics, a rising tide lifts all boats — so whichever party benefited from the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation would expect to see its fortunes improve in both […]

What Climate Change Taught Us About Hurricanes - 2018-10-12T20:29:43+00:00
Cities torn apart. Thousands of people displaced. Impassable roads and a search for the missing and the dead in rubble that stretches for miles. Anyone reading the news following Hurricane Michael’s landfall on Wednesday knows how devastating a single hurricane can be. So it’s no surprise that, until relatively recently, forecasters’ emphasis was on individual […]

The Bears Don’t Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback - 2018-10-12T18:00:56+00:00
When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the […]

The Brewers Are The Rare Team To Win The Offseason And The Actual Season - 2018-10-12T13:00:41+00:00
Winning the offseason — signing the marquee free agent and/or making the headline-grabbing trade — does not correlate strongly with actual winning. The San Diego Padres “won” the 2014-15 offseason by adding Craig Kimbrel, James Shields and a host of other players, then went on to lose 88 games the following season. The previous winter, […]

So You Want To Tether Your Goat. Now What? - 2018-10-12T12:00:49+00:00
🚨🚨🚨 “The Riddler” book is out now! It’s chock-full of the best puzzles from this column (and, fret not, their answers) and some that have never been seen before. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for riddling with us these past three years. 🚨🚨🚨 Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up […]

Significant Digits For Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 - 2018-10-12T10:51:14+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. More than 60 percent of searches According to new research in the journal Science, more than 60 percent of DNA searches on a relatively small data set of about 1.3 million people would result in finding a person’s third cousin or […]


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