How many British immigrants are there in other countries?

Written by Oz Flanagan - Features Editor on . Posted in Social Sciences

The British public is obsessed with immigration. The notion of Johnny Foreigner coming over here, taking British jobs and straining public services is now rampant in UK politics. Regardless of what statistics and evidence say, the myth of Britain being ‘swamped’ by immigrants is proving incredibly resilient. But what about the Britons who emigrate abroad and make use of the public services in their adopted nations? How many of them are there?

How Turing - and Bayes - cracked Enigma

Written by Brian Tarran on . Posted in History of Stats & Science

Tomorrow sees the release of The Imitation Game, a film chronicling the work of mathematician Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch, both pictured), who led efforts to unravel the German Enigma code - a development that helped the Allies win the Second World War. Turing employed several technologies and techniques in his work, including Banburismus, a process he invented which used sequential conditional probability to infer information about the likely settings of the Enigma machine.

Does Christmas really come earlier every year?

Written by Nathan Cunningham on . Posted in Culture

It has become something of a cliché to remark upon the ever earlier arrival of the Christmas season. Given its popularity you would expect an early arrival to be a source of satisfaction, but this is rarely the case. In reality we seek to delay the festive season until a time we deem suitable - which seems to be much later than the retailers decide. The beginning of the holiday season ends up being greeted with a resounding ‘already?’ As we struggle to fathom how anyone could possibly feel festive at such an early time in the year.

The Ebola epidemic is not subsiding any time soon

Written by Salil Mehta on . Posted in Health & Medicine

This year’s Ebola epidemic is one of the largest the world has ever seen, affecting mostly countries clustered in West Africa. Media attention rightly centred at first on the afflicted African nations, before turning towards how it might threaten us in the West. For all the domestic panic, in the United States there has been one associated death in Texas and three additional cases, but none with an associated death.

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