Prices are up and wages are down… It’s hard to make a living nowadays! Ever wonder about kidnappers’ livelihood? No? Well I have–and the good folks at the University of Maryland have compiled a Global Terrorism Database to let us find out. As it turns out, they’re doing much worse than the rest of us. The median ransom paid […]Read more "Is Kidnapper a Viable Career Choice?"
It gets cold and we turn on the heat. It gets hot and we turn on the air conditioning. External temperature is the biggest driver of our household energy use, but how exactly does this relationship look? Anonymized data from 500 of Chai Energy‘s California customers1 gives us some insight here: Plotting daily temperature against daily energy2 use shows […]Read more "It’s cold outside: Do you turn on the heat?"
With the December holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve been wondering about how much extra power we use on Christmas.Read more "How much power do we use on Christmas?"
Ever wondered how long you could actually drive after your gas light turns on? Well, Justin Davis at http://www.tankonempty.com might have an answer for you. Justin has been collecting reports from daredevil drivers about how long they’ve driven post-gas light, and he was kind enough to give me his data. The dataset is pretty extensive, with […]Read more "How far can we go after the gas light turns on?"
Fresh off the heels of the most recent space movie (The Martian, go see it), I got curious about the kind of data NASA has available for the public. Turns out there’s a lot up for grabs on the NASA website! The data I found was about Russian and American extravehicular activities (EVAs) from 1965 to 2013. […]Read more "How long do we spend in space?"