1. Well-crafted writing → Evidence explained → Uptake of ideas On October 14, our founder, Tracy Allison Altman, will talk about Communicating Messages Clearly with Data. This free presentation will include techniques for writing about data, and telling a simple story about complex science.

2. Use the Slide Chooser → Tell your story → Inspire action The Extreme Presentation method is a step-by-step approach for designing presentations of complex or controversial information. It's based on empirical research, and has been tested with big companies. The companion book is the Encyclopedia of Slide Layouts by Paul Radich and Andrew Abela.

3. Fear of losses → Baseball decisions → Daily fantasty sports results In baseball daily fantasy sports, as in life, we are more motivated to minimize losses than to maximize gains. Dr. Renee Miller explains how cognitive biases expedite decision-making and influence outcomes.

4. Rethink strategy → Lower blood pressure targets → Reduce death risk The U.S. National Institutes of Health released early findings from a big study of blood pressure management in people over 50. The Sprint trial seems to tell us that keeping systolic pressure below 120 can reduce cardiovascular disease and risk of death by as much as one third.

5. Large data sets → LASSO method → Valid predictions Today's large data sets create fantastic opportunities to make useful predictions – but traditional methods of variable selection are unwieldy and unreliable. Daniel Samarov writes on the Experfy blog about LASSO, a modern way to select variables for predictive models. This sparse regression, using Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator, is becoming a mainstay for analyzing data with lots of variables.

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