Economics and medicine graduates are top earners, finds report

Students studying economics and medicine at British universities are likely to gain the largest financial benefits from their degrees, outstripping even the considerable advantages enjoyed by private school students or people from the wealthiest backgrounds, a study has found. An Institute for Fiscal Studies report, using several years of evidence gathered from education and taxation…

Researchers develop new happiness index

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Universitat de València (UV) have developed a new index to measure a country’s happiness. Named HAIN (HAppiness INdex), it is based on five areas – development, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace, each of which is evaluated based on quantitative…

Did you solve it? World Cup arithmetic

On my puzzle blog earlier today I set you three football table challenges: 1) England, Tunisia, Belgium and Panama make up Group G in the 2018 World Cup. Imagine that once they have all played each other the table looks like this. If you know only that England beat Tunisia 3-0, can you deduce the…

Predicting the outcomes of FIFA World Cup

Credit: CC0 Public Domain One of the favourites in soccer’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany, has just 13.3% chance of winning. And Australia has 14% chance of getting to the round of 16, but only 0.1% chance of winning. These are outcomes from an uncertainty model devised by University of Adelaide’s Professor Steve Begg.…