James Ball

The R-number – and the danger of false certainty

11 May 2020 5:48 am

Not much about Boris Johnson’s Sunday night television address was clear. The one definite new measure – one which will…

Can we trust Neil Ferguson’s computer code?

8 May 2020 10:34 pm

Newspapers aren’t the place to debate expert advice on a crisis. Advisors advise, ministers decide. We should keep politics out…

The price of oil just hit $0 a barrel. What’s going on?

21 April 2020 5:08 am

If you’ve ever wanted to own a barrel of oil, today might be your lucky day – for the first…

Who is monitoring the 200 million videos available daily on YouTube?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

On 25 April 2005, Jawed Karim sent an email to his friends announcing the launch of a new video site…