Which Kills More Americans... Terrorists or Lawnmowers?

The winner of the Royal Statistical Society’s first International Statistic of the Year” award provides a shocking insight into the real threats Americans face.

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Why a New Group Aims to Elect More Scientists to the Government

A new nonprofit organization aims to elect more scientists to the U.S government.

Concerned that scientific views are not being properly represented in Washington, a new nonprofit group wants to get more scientists elected. 314 Action, named after the first three digits of pi, wants scientists to embrace the political process, running for all levels of government. The group’s aim is to get as many scientists elected as possible in the 2018 elections.

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Gun Violence Spreads Like Infectious Disease, says Yale Professor

A new Yale-Harvard study categorizes gun violence as a social contagion and a public health epidemic. If nothing changes, over 33,000 people will die at the end of a gun this year in the United States.

 

 

Close contact to guns through family or acquaintances puts you naturally closer to gun violence. (Photo: Getty Images)

A study published in JAMA claims gun violence spreads like an infectious disease. The research team – Yale Sociology professor Andrew Papachristos and Harvard students Ben Green and Thibault – looked at over 11,000 shootings in Chicago from 2006 – 2014. The researchers concluded that gun use spreads like a virus due to social affiliation with others, with Papachristos telling Gizmodo“You don’t catch a bullet like you catch a cold, [but] the power of this analogy is really thinking about the precision with which it moves through a population.”

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