London shuts down at least 18 mental health wards in three years

At least 18 mental health units in London public hospitals were shut down over the last three years, according to information released after a Freedom of Information request carried out by DatAddicts. Read the rest of this entry »

Female scientists underrepresented at senior roles in the UK

Female scientistA new report has put figures to the already known problem of the “leaky pipeline” in the British science. Although female and male scientists are almost equals in the overall scientific workforce, women are highly underrepresented at the most senior roles.

The report, titled “A picture of the UK scientific workforce“, describes a “glass ceiling” situation, where female scientists are constrained at lower managerial and professional roles.¬†Women have only a fourth (25,4 per cent) of the higher managerial jobs in the UK science sphere -excluding health jobs-.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

Bieber’s transformation from the perspective of data journalists

Justin Bieber’s transformation from a cuddly look into a troublesome teenager has been graphically described by a group of data journalists led my Richard Johnson, Graphics Editor at the National Post, a newspaper from Canada. Johnson has a great collection of data stories of this kind, which are not very interactive since they are more taught for print than for online, but they are worthy to have a look at. Read the rest of this entry »

Volume of electronic waste set to rise by a third

Electronic waste in India. Greenpeace India.

Electronic waste in India. Greenpeace India.

The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership created to tackle e-waste.

The forecast was made as the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative launched an interactive, online world map depicting the amount of electronic waste produced in different countries across the globe and a report showing the amount of e-waste shipped from the United States to developing countries. Read the rest of this entry »