Category: Opinion

Two Infographics on Deflate-gate

KIGFumbles

Several sites are covering the story of deflate-gate with infographics. The gist of these stories is that in 2007 an NFL rule change went into effect that allowed each team to bring their own balls to games, both home and…

Holiday Families

An interesting pair of infographics have been floating around social media this holiday season. They both show the same thing, but from different perspectives. They are both charts that help you untangle near and distant family relationships. What is a…

Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice

I’m a man, and if you think it’s hypocritical that a man is writing a piece about abortion, then I’d agree with you. I firmly believe women can and should be able to decide this issue for themselves without any…

A Robot Reporter?

Radiolab and Wired magazine each ran a story recently about a computer program they called a “robot scientist”. Its actual name is Eureqa. The Radio Lab story gave a compelling portrait of Eureqa’s capabilities. Just by looking at how a…

5 Stories: Economic Cliff

When the current recession started back in late 2008 many economists, bankers and politicians described the situation in very vivid language. “The economy is going over a cliff” many of them said, yet no visual image accompanied those words. In…

5 Stories: Health Expense

The hardest “easy” story around probably is “where does the US spend its health care money?” Easy because the US has by far the most expensive health care system in the world. One would expect that finding the areas where…

5 Stories: Heart and Sleep

Recently ABC News (and others) ran a story about how doctors in Sweden discovered an increase in heart attacks every year when the clocks spring forward and similarly a decrease in heart attacks when the clocks fall back. What’s surprising…

5 Stories: Breast Cancer Screening

Late last year the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a report that significantly changed the breast cancer screening guidelines for women. They raised the age where mammograms are recommended from 40 to 50. This set off a firestorm in…