Monthly Archives: November 2012


Crowdsourcing predictions

Posted 28 November 2012 by Pete Etchells

If I mention the name Nate Silver, or FiveThirtyEight, chances are that most of you know what the next sentence is going to be about. Silver is an American statistician who gained widespread global fame earlier this month by correctly predicting not only the outcome in the US presidential elections, but also the winner in every single US state. And it wasn't a one-off - he'd done the same thing in the 2008 elections, getting only Indiana wrong. But he... Read more

Why I hate neurons

Posted 20 November 2012 by Pete Etchells

Hey. You people over there, the ones who like sciencey sorts of things - I have a question for you all. Who inspired your original spark of interest in it in the first place? Did you hate it at school, only to throw yourself into it as an adult? Was your physics teacher the one who really made you think about life, the universe and everything? Maybe it was a book you read? It doesn't even have to be about... Read more