A Canadian catastrophe reveals flaws in dams holding back mine wastewater, often laced with toxic metals that can travel for miles downstream. Hundreds of mining dams in the U.S. are at risk of causing severe environmental damage, illness, and even deaths.
A BuzzFeed News investigation identified deaths, sex abuse, and blunders in screening, training, and overseeing foster parents at the nation’s largest for-profit foster care company.
No president had ever said (or written) these words in a State of the Union address before. Other firsts: “ironic,” “hype,” “fake,” and more.
A politico-linguistic challenge.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Friedman’s New York Times column, BuzzFeed has trained a robot to write like him.
Search data shows that U.S. interest is at its lowest level since late September.
A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals the quiet spread of Gimbal Inc.’s phone-tracking technology in some of America’s largest cities.
Using data from Google Trends, it’s possible to estimate countries’ attention to the virus. A BuzzFeed News data analysis.
City Hall has asked Titan to remove the devices, which could have been used to push ads — and track phones.
Beacons can push you ads — and help track your every move. Update: Hours after BuzzFeed News exposed the devices, the city ordered the removal of the devices.
Liberals: Not so #trendy.
We’ve unleashed a Wikipedia-mining, quiz-making franken-robot on the encyclopedia’s September 2013 current events page. It has plucked out important words and phrase from the 30 event descriptions below, and jumbled them with three plausible(ish) replacements. Can you beat the bot?
There’s a startling degree of racial division in St. Louis County.
We’ve unleashed a Wikipedia-mining, quiz-making franken-robot on the encyclopedia’s August 2013 current events page. Without any human intervention, it has plucked out important bits from the 100 event descriptions below, and jumbled them with three plausible(ish) replacements. Can you beat the bot?
These things are all random anyway, right? (Click here to generate a new list.)
GM announced Monday it’s recalling 8.4 million cars, pushing the total number of recalled GM vehicles past 29 million — in 2014 alone. Here is what 29 million cars looks like.
Last year, U.S. emergency departments treated an estimated 14,000 fireworks-related injuries. Here’s how a random sample of them happened. Advice: Don’t set off a smoke bomb in a closed room.
The UN published its 2014 World Drug Report on Thursday. Here’s how OECD member countries compare on cocaine and cannabis usage.
Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Italy lead the pack. Based on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index and the (pre-Cup) World Football Elo Ratings.
Marriage is sacred. Except when it isn’t.