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Does the New York Times prefer cupcakes or cronuts?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:34

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The New York Times has created an app which allows you to look at the word frequency of different words throughout the paper's history. What does it mention more? Brooklyn or Manhattan? Harry Potter or Game of Thrones?

The New York Times has got all rap genius on us, creating an interactive that allows users to search a word's frequency across the esteemed paper's entire history.

The application is called Chronicle and it allows you to look through US history or the prevailing subjects at different points in time.

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Interactive map - which UK areas have the most commuters?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:53

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Almost 11.3m people travel between two different local authorities to get to work according to the 2011 census. This interactive map by the ONS Data Visualisation Centre will show you the places where these commuters live and where their job is

Click through the intro to see how the interactive works and then hover over different local authorities to see the patterns for that area

Who made this? The ONS Data Visualisation Centre

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The English Housing Survey: key findings

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:08

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The full English Housing Survey results have been published and they paint an interesting picture. How much are private renters spending? And how does it compare to mortgage repayments?

Every year the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) publish headline figures from the latest English household Survey. Those figures showed that home ownership in England had fallen to lowest level in 25 years.

That release in February is followed by an annual household trends report which provides lots of statistics that help paint a picture of English housing in 2012/13.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the proportion of private sector households stayed steady at around 10% of the market. However, the sector has undergone sharp growth since the early 2000s and nearly doubled in size by 2012-13

There has been a decline in the proportion of younger mortgagors

SOURCE: The English Housing Survey (DCLG)

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Drug usage in England and Wales 2013/14 - get the data

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:04

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There were approximately 230,000 more drug users in 2013/14 than the year before, a 0.7% rise, according to a survey by the Home Office

There were 230,000 additional 16 to 59 year olds taking drugs last year according to the latest findings from the 2013 to 2014 Crime Survey for England and Wales.

It's a small rise of 0.7% on 2012/13, taking the proportion of adults who used drugs up to 8.8%.

Since questions about drugs were introduced in 1998, the questionnaire has asked about Semeron, a fictional drug. In 2013, only 6 pupils (0.1% of the total sample) reported that they had ever taken Semeron; this matches the experience of previous years, and lends support to the view that most pupils do not exaggerate their drug use.

However, reported rates of awareness may be exaggerated, given that 10% of pupils claimed to have heard of Semeron (this, too, has remained at a similar level since the question was introduced).

SOURCE: The Home Office and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

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My university is better than yours - what students and graduates think

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:37

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We asked you which universities you thought were on the same level as yours and nine out of ten institutions had at least one person choosing Manchester. Here are the results in full

Manchester is the university which most students and graduates identify as being equal to their own, according to a Datablog survey.

Over 1,700 people told us the universities that they thought were of the same quality as where they are or were studying. Some of the results are surprising, some unrealistic and some simply play up to the stereotypes.

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Interactive - which universities do you think are your equals?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:37

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We asked Datablog readers the universities they considered to be on the level of the place they study/graduated from. The interactive below lets you explore the results. Choose a university and the graph will bring up the institutions chosen by its students and graduates. Hover over one of the bars to see how many people from the university took part in the survey

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Data: white British more likely to get university offers than other ethnicities

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:57

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Twelve of the 14 minority groups included in analysis were less likely to receive offers than white British applicants

Read: ethnic minority students get fewer university offers, research shows

A new report has strengthened earlier findings that there are significant differences in university offer rates for ethnic groups, relative to white British applicants.

The research, which examines the question of ethnic differences in university offer rates using UCAS admissions data from 2008, determined that applications from 12 of the 14 minority groups included in the analysis were significantly less likely to result in an offer than applications from white British applicants.

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Investigate Australian politicians' travel expenses

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:39

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The latest six months of politicians' expense claims has been released. Help us investigate politicians' travel allowance expenses by matching what a politician was doing that day with their expense claim. You might want to check dates of events such as birthdays, weddings, festivals or sports matches. Once you've found something, use the form below to submit it.

See the previous expense figures here. Click here if you're having trouble viewing the table.

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How prevalent is forced marriage in the UK?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:32

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On the day of the first Girl Summit, which aims to tackle forced marriages around the world, we look at the latest data on how many people it affects in the UK

World leaders and charities are gathering for the first Girl Summit, which aims to mobilise efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM). Theyre both issues which affect women living in the UK as well as millions around the world.

CEFM was made illegal in the UK last month so we are not sure of the effect of the new legislation, but we are be able to give a glimpse into how prevalent it was in this country before.

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MH17: Heathrow top departure point for planes that flew near east Ukraine

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:23

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Flight radar data shows that 930 flights travelled near or around eastern Ukraine over the past seven days. Of those, 37, travelled from Amsterdam-Schiphol, just like Malaysia Arlines flight MH17

More flights that flew over or near eastern Ukraine departed from London Heathrow than for any other airport over the past seven days, according to flight radar data analysed by the Guardian.

Seventy nine flights that were confirmed to have left from Heathrow were picked up by FlightRadar24 as having come within 86.4 miles of a point within the city centre of Donetsk - roughly 50 miles from where flight MH17 crashed last night.

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How many people choose assisted suicide where it is legal?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:53

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We take a look at the rates in the places where assisted dying is legal as the issue is debated in the House of Lords

Today, the House of Lords is debating the Assisted Dying Bill, introduced by Labour peer Lord Falconer. Lord Joffe, a strong supporter of the bill and former human rights lawyer, has estimated that if the Assisted Dying Bill passes, 1,000 people will choose to go through assisted suicides a year but is this right?

The figures were based on Oregons statistics involving their Death With Dignity Act, which was passed in 1994. Oregon was the first US state allowing terminally-ill people to end their lives through self-administration of lethal medications.

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Which Wikipedia pages have been edited the most from inside the Houses of Parliament?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:53

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We've looked at all the page edits attributed to the Houses of Parliament's IP addresses since 2003

Somewhere in the Houses of Parliament there's an expert on the taxonomy of tangerines. There's also a devotee of the 2011-12 Barnet F.C. season, someone making sure it's spelled "dalek" not "darlek", and many, many grammar fiends.

A search into the Wikipedia revision history of two of the IP addresses operated by the House of Commons reveals the many intriguing (and some mundane) interests of the workers within its walls.

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How extreme is England's heatwave likely to be?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:24

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The Met Office has warned that temperatures in the south-east could reach the low 30s while the rest of the country is much hotter than average. Find out how it compares to previous weather extremes

People are being urged to stay out of the sun after the Met Office issued a heatwave warning. Temperatures in the south-east of the country are likely to hit up to 32C this weekend with the rest of the country in the mid to high 20s.

A heatwave by its nature is an extreme event (it relies on the temperature exceeding the average for a consistent period). But how does this stack up in the context of heatwaves past? And where will the south-east be hotter than tomorrow?

Monday will bring a drier day with sunny spells for many and it will remain warm for most with southeastern parts perhaps hot at first. There will be a few showers with more general rain and breezy conditions arriving in the northwest later and into Tuesday. However, this rain will most likely not reach southern and eastern parts. This northwest-southeast split in the weather is expected to continue, with Atlantic frontal systems bringing periods of more prolonged rain at times in the northwest, with the best of the drier and sunnier weather in the southeast, though here some heavy showers are possible, especially later in the period. Temperatures likely to remain on the warm side, perhaps becoming hot again in the southeast. In the northwest temperatures will be around average.

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How the senate voted on the carbon tax, Fofa and clean energy bills

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:36

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Analysis shows how the Coalition has been hampered by the shifting allegiances of the minority parties

Since 1 July the Abbott government has been forced to negotiate (or not) with minor parties in the Senate despite pledging not to "do deals" with independents and minor parties before the election.

The new Senate consists of 33 Coalition senators, 25 Labor, 10 Greens, 3 Palmer United, and five minor party or independent senators:

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How Which? created a geography of financial distress

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:01

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The consumer site has used its regular research to produce a detailed map showing exactly where people are being hit hardest. Matt Oakley, head of economic analysis at Which?, says it's the pockets of distress that matter

Whether planning for our retirement income, choosing the best phone or energy tariff or simply trying to navigate an array of offers, deals and bargains in our weekly supermarket shop, complex financial decisions have become part of the daily grind.

The decisions we make in these purchases and investments will often have far reaching implications for quality of life, meaning that when thinking about living standards we need to consider where and how consumers spend their money, not just how much they have. As we face more of these complex choices the role of regulators, competition authorities and consumer intermediaries becomes even more important in protecting, promoting and improving the choices consumers make. Government also has to ensure that consumer policy lines up with the reality of peoples lives and concerns.

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Map - how much financial stress are your neighbours under?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:01

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This map by consumer organisation Which? provides estimates on how bad money problems are for residents across the UK using its wealth of research data. While it starts off showing the results at regional level, zooming in provides a more detailed breakdown for each area. You can put your postcode into the top left to zoom into right where you live.

Each area is coloured according to its result on a financial health index score from one to 100, where 100 is the most financially distressed - more details on the methodology can be found in the left hand column of the interactive. Click on each area to see how many people are estimated to have taken out payday loans or defaulted on loan or borrowing repayments. You can also add other measures to the map, such as the indices of multiple deprivation.

Read blog from the head of economic analysis at Which? on how they made the map

Who made this? Which?

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Which areas have the worst money problems in the UK?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 23:01

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Analysis by Which? has produced a detailed breakdown of which places in the UK are feeling the strain

Residents of the parliamentary constituency of Hodge Hill are feeling more financial pressure than anywhere else in the UK, according to the results of a new mapping project by Which?

The consumer organisation polled 6,300 people between December 2013 and February 2014 and extrapolated the results to get estimates about how badly people around the country are feeling the squeeze.

By digging into the detailed neighbourhood level data, the divergent experiences of local areas within regions and parliamentary constituencies can be teased out. What we find most interesting are the pockets of distress in areas of affluence and, conversely, pockets of low distress amongst areas with relatively high deprivation. These results show the need to look beyond headline figures.

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Cabinet reshuffle: breakdown by gender, education and age

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:18

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David Cameron has reshuffled his cabinet with less than a year until the election. How has it changed in terms of its makeup?

With David Cameron's addition of two women to the cabinet in the latest reshuffle and some of the more senior members departing, the new lineup has a very different composition.

We have looked at all Cameron's cabinets introduced following reshuffles, to see how the makeup of it has changed since he came to power and how this compares to those of Labour governments in the past.

This post just looks at ministers with full cabinet status so omitting, for example, the chief whip, who just attends the meetings. For the sake of clarity, we've added a table at the bottom with the breakdown for the 32 listed on the UK government website.

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