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Teach a Course for Scientific American and N.Y.U.-Poly

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Scientific American and NYU-Poly are teaming up to offer week-long online courses for a virtual professorial education program, and we’re looking for great proposals. This program will help mid-career professionals in science and technology fields to maintain their competitive credentials or to take the next career step. Interactive and engaging, the online short courses will [...]

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Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED

Courtesy of Andy Kirk, visualisingdata.com

As an attendee at the inaugural VISUALIZED conference last week in New York City, I was ready to experience, as the website described, “an inspiring two-day gathering with the brightest minds and social innovators from around the world who are changing how we understand and interact with data; and gain insight into designing data-driven narratives [...]

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The Best Bracket Big Data Can Build

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March Madness isn’t over, but one thing is certain: no one is going to win “Buffet’s Billion.” Before even half of the NCAA college men’s basketball tournament games had finished, every bracket entered into Yahoo’s contest to win a billion dollars had at least one red strikethrough. And while some may blame upsets like No. [...]

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Why Big Data Isn’t Necessarily Better Data

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Tech companies—Facebook, Google and IBM, to name a few—are quick to tout the world-changing powers of “big data” gleaned from mobile devices, Web searches, citizen science projects and sensor networks. Never before has so much data been available covering so many areas of interest, whether it’s online shopping trends or cancer research. Still, some scientists [...]

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Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

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Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are investigating whether the microblogging service could serve another, more scientific function—to spot signs of postpartum depression in new mothers based on changes in how and what they tweet. The [...]

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Davos: Decisions and Data

The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is certainly better known for the business and policy leaders it gathers. But I enjoyed some sessions by luminaries from the worlds of science and technology today as well. Now that I’m back, I thought I’d write up a couple, starting with the first session I [...]

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Cell Phone Data Could Help Clip Malaria Spread

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Your cell phone location information can be used to help you find restaurants or help companies serve you targeted ads. What if all of this data could also play a role in studying and fighting deadly infectious diseases, such as malaria? An international team of researchers has done just that—for an entire country. People can [...]

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Is Pop Music Evolving, or Is It Just Getting Louder?

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Music just ain’t what it used to be. At least, that’s the stereotypical lament of each receding generation of music listeners. It’s also one way to read a new study on the evolution of pop music in the past half-century. A group of researchers undertook a quantitative analysis of nearly half a million songs to [...]

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Storytelling with Big Data: Thoughts on VISUALIZED

As an attendee at the inaugural VISUALIZED conference last week in New York City, I was ready to experience, as the website described, “an inspiring two-day gathering with the brightest minds and social innovators from around the world who are changing how we understand and interact with data; and gain insight into designing data-driven narratives [...]

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