Nov. 9, 2015

As American homes get bigger, energy efficiency gains are wiped out

U.S. homes are more energy-efficient per square foot than they used to be. But they’re also bigger, and their increased size offsets most of the efficiency gains.

Oct. 29, 2015

The most – and least – energy-intensive nations

The U.S. Virgin Islands is the most “energy intensive” place on Earth — meaning it uses the most energy per unit of GDP — while gambling hub Macau is one of the least.

Oct. 22, 2015

Freedom Caucus districts look much like other GOP-held districts

The attitudes of Republicans living in House Freedom Caucus members’ districts look very similar to those in other Republican-represented districts.

Oct. 20, 2015

What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who’s in it?

We’ve confirmed the identities of 36 members of the caucus, and they are among the most conservative and recently elected of Republican representatives.

Oct. 8, 2015

Working on Columbus Day? It depends on where you live

Fewer than half of U.S. states give their employees Columbus Day as a paid holiday.

Oct. 8, 2015

Refugee surge brings youth to an aging Europe

Hundreds of thousands of mostly young refugees are fleeing into Europe, where most countries have rapidly aging (and sometimes shrinking) populations.

Sep. 30, 2015

Europe’s asylum seekers: Who they are, where they’re going, and their chances of staying

For the hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the European Union, their chances of gaining asylum vary greatly depending on where they’re from and in which country they apply.

Sep. 24, 2015

How the U.S. compares with other countries taking in refugees

Although Europe is struggling to manage the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, the countries facing the biggest refugee impacts are the ones closest to the fighting.

Sep. 22, 2015

The many ways to measure economic inequality

Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.

Sep. 14, 2015

Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure

Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?