What Would Global Wealth Equality Look Like?

The Oxfam charity grabbed headlines this week with a report on global wealth inequality. Their primary data source was the (much more in-depth) Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report, which in 2014 specifically focused on the same subject. » 1/24/15 12:25am 1/24/15 12:25am

How Much Do Gawker Readers Trust Meteorologists? Gawker's Weather Survey

How much do Gawker readers trust meteorologists? What do they think of The Weather Channel? We asked, and you answered. Thousands of readers clicked through to take our survey aimed at studying your habits and opinions when it comes to the weather. Let's take a look at the results. » 12/02/14 2:03pm 12/02/14 2:03pm

Two Strangers See Numbers Above Everyone's Heads—But What Do They Mean?

A young man sees changing numbers floating above the heads of people around him and suddenly recognizes a woman who can do the same. But a tragic twist forces him to realize how the numbers—and what they tell you about people—can be a curse. » 7/28/14 3:30pm 7/28/14 3:30pm

Will a New Report on China's American Film Fatigue Change Hollywood?

A new report says that Chinese audiences are growing tired of the repetitive nature of imported films, which bodes poorly for Hollywood's penchant for sequels, remakes, and special effects-driven blockbusters. » 6/11/14 2:00am 6/11/14 2:00am

One easy way to visualize numbers that are very big or very small

When numbers get either very, very large or very, very small, it's hard to conceptualize exactly what they mean. But this vintage video is a simple guide to comprehending numerical extremes. » 2/26/14 4:20pm 2/26/14 4:20pm

7 Numbers That Are Just as Cool as Pi

We may be celebrating Pi Day here at io9, but we would be irrational to deny that there’s more to mathematical interestingness than simply dividing an object’s circumference by its diameter. Here are seven numbers we love as much as pi. » 3/14/13 10:31am 3/14/13 10:31am

One number unites anything that flies or swims

There are similarities in the way a bird flies through the air and a dolphin swims through the water. And yet how do you compare the flap of a butterfly to the enormous movement of a blue whale? The best way, it turns out, is with their respective Strouhal Numbers. » 9/26/11 8:00am 9/26/11 8:00am

Is your computer male or female?

Ships are 'she,' people have motherlands and fatherlands, but what about a picture of a baby with the number '1' on it? What about a nice beef stew? Or a chair? Strangely, we tend to assign genders to all of them in a fairly predictable way. » 9/01/11 9:40am 9/01/11 9:40am

16 Great Characters with Numbers For Names

This week, we're gearing up for 9, Shane Acker's film about nine animated rag dolls, each known only by their number. With that in mind, we list 16 other characters who have numerical monikers. » 8/31/09 2:36pm 8/31/09 2:36pm

Babies Can Communicate with Numbers Before Talking

Human infants are born with an innate mathematical ability that allows them to count large numbers of objects more easily than groups of two or three. A new study of 4.5 month old infants' "number sense" suggests that emphasizing language before numbers is the wrong way to teach kids about the world. Babies can… » 2/07/08 7:30am 2/07/08 7:30am