Data Stories

Students in the Data Lab develop innovative data-driven web applications, interactive graphics and in-depth web projects. They serve as lead producers for CNS’ destination website and help test innovative new ideas to advance the practice of journalism.

Growing old in prison: How Maryland is working to ease the path to release for a low-risk, high-cost population

Riding on a wave of tough on crime sentencing practices that began proliferating in the 1980s, the geriatric population in America’s prisons is quickly expanding. For the last few years, though, a diverse coalition of policy experts, state legislators and others have been working to expand parole options for a greying population — and give them a better shot at coming home.

Examining the “second book slump” among authors of young adult novels

Many readers have read a book series in which the quality seemed to decrease overtime. In an effort to examine the validity of this trend, CNS looked at data from Goodreads.com users average ratings of popular young adult fiction series.

The science behind Mercury retrograde

The planetary transit known as “Mercury retrograde” began on Feb. 16 and will end on Monday. According to astrologers, this time period should be marked by issues regarding communication, technology and travel. However, according to scientists, this occurrence is not particularly important in astronomy.

As pilot episode for ‘The President is Missing’ readies to film in Maryland, there’s hope of a sizable economic impact

After the Netflix series “House of Cards” had an economic impact of more than $700 million on Maryland while filming its six seasons in the state from 2012 to 2018, there’s hope that a new television show can make its…

Maryland water systems found to contain worrying levels of nitrate, arsenic and other chemicals, according to Environmental Working Group

Tap water at the majority of Maryland utilities, or public water systems, had levels of contaminants that exceeded health guidelines established by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on environmental health issues.  According to EWG’s 2019 update, predominant…

With student loan debt at an all-time high, some students worry about post-grad life with loans

Student loan debt has reached an all-time high of $1.48 trillion as of June 2019, and is expected to increase, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Roughly 81% of this debt is composed of federal direct loans,…

NCAA rules help UMD, others inflate football attendance figures

Fifteen minutes before Maryland football’s Big Ten Conference bout with Illinois on Oct. 27, 2018, the vast pockets of space in the bleachers were apparent. For a game that prompted more than 24,000 tickets to be sold, fewer than 11,000…

By the numbers: Washington Nationals win the World Series

Despite winning the first two games of the World Series, the Washington Nationals were pushed to the brink by the Houston Astros. Neither team was able to win at home, with the Nationals prevailing on the road in Game 7,…

By the numbers: Washington Nationals in the World Series

With the World Series headed to Washington, D.C., for games three, four and five, the Nationals — up 2-0 over the Houston Astros — can take home their first title in franchise history with a pair of wins. The Nationals…

274,000 pounds of food (and counting) recovered

Although the average college campus generates about 169,000 pounds of uneaten food every year, the College Park chapter of the Food Recovery Network has recovered over 274,000 pounds of food waste to date, and this number is still growing.  The…