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Since the first Formula 1 auto race in 1950, the drive for faster lap times, more reliability, and changes in the rules governing competition and safety have had an evolutionary effect. The bullet-shaped cars of the 50's have morphed into the low-slung, spoiler-adorned, aerodynamic supercars of today. This animation from designer Rufus Blacklock captures the evolution of the chassis, spoilers, engine and steering wheels over 60 years in just 60 seconds:

The biggest prize in UK soccer, the Premier League Championship, is decided by a points system. Unlike most sports competitions, there's no final round or playoff series: once the regular round of games is complete, the team that has accumulated the most points (three for a win, and one for a draw) is the champion of English football. In the event of a tie in points, the winner is decided by goal difference (total goals scored minus total goals conceded), and then by total goals scored. 

Springer has introduced a new open, peer-reviewed journal focused on Data Science: EPJ Data Science.

What makes this a Data Science journal is novel uses of statistics, data analysis, computer techniques and public data sources to research a topic in another domain, rather than methodological research. Here are a few examples of the papers you'll find in the journal:

News is starting to leak that the Large Hadron Collider may have accomplished its primary mission of confirming the existence of the hypothesised and heretofore elusive subatomic particle, the Higgs Boson.

R is an incredibly comprehensive statistics package. Even if you just look at the standard R distribution (the base and recommended packages), R can do pretty much everything you need for data manipulation, visualization, and statistical analysis. And for everything else, there's more than 5000 packages on CRAN and other repositories, and the big-data capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise. A

Speaking of family issues, this video by Emanuele Colombo is adorable:

This being a statistics blog, I have to take a small issue with the calculation, though. Let's look at the math:

Wanting to start a family the natural way? For a healthy 45-year-old woman, you may be in for a five-year wait.

R''s glm function for generalized linear modeling is very powerful and flexible: it supports all of the standard model types (binomial/logistic, Gamma, Poisson, etc.) and in fact you can fit any distribution in the exponential family (with the family argument).

By now you've probably heard about the fact that Orbitz users accessing the site via Macs are seeing more expensive hotel options when they search. But it seems worth clearing up a couple of fallacies.