New issue of Significance Magazine


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 22 February 2013

Check out the new February 2013 issue of Significance Magazine online for free now.

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In this issue, read Håvard Hegre’s article about the future of war in which he describes a forecast for the global incidence of internal armed conflict up to 2050, developed with his colleagues at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.

 Donal McCarthy, Environmental Economist at BirdLife International and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, considers the cost of conservation, asking how much money governments will require to save biodiversity by 2020, a commitment made by world leaders through the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010.

Evolutionary biologists, Anders Pape Moller and Timothy Mousseau use statistics to navigate the puzzling mix of Soviet Science, the nuclear industry and independent research on the effects of low-dose radiation on animals, plants and people after Chernobyl and Fukushima.

In his article “Seven in a row?”, avid cycling fan David Oliver Kasdan asks whether Lance Armstrong’s string of Tour de France successes was ever likely to have been true in light of Armstrong’s recent confessions regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances.

Finally, read Robert Grant’s interview with Nathan Yau, one of the most influential PhD students in the world, blogger and author of the blog’s spin off book, Visualize This.

Read these articles (and more) for free today.

As part of the International Year of Statistics celebrations, a poster version of the front cover has been printed as a pull out centre spread for you to detach and display. Furthermore the Significance Magazine app is available for free in 2013, giving you access to all 6 issues once published. For more information, and to register for this free trial, visit

This February 2013 issue of Significance also includes details about the Young Writers Competition for budding writers in the first 10 years of their statistical careers.

Significance is a bi-monthly magazine for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data. Its aim is to communicate and demonstrate in an entertaining, thought provoking and non-technical way the practical use of statistics in all walks of life, and to show informatively and authoritatively how statistics benefit society. It is published on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.

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