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Anthropology in Practice

Is data really changing the nature of wearable technology?

Fitbit and other health trackers.

Do you have a FitBit story? Last November, S came home with a Fitbit Flex. For those of you who don’t have one of these increasingly ubiquitous devices, it’s a small, plastic band that you wear on your wrist (there are other tracker options as well). It tracks the number of steps you take each [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Green Thumbery: Water, Sunlight, and Data

Peas in bloom. Photo by KDCosta, 2014 Garden.

All of those concerns I had at the beginning of the season have disappeared. My plants are healthy and flowering—and they’re slowly taking over the backyard, much to my delight. Now, if only I were home more often to enjoy them. My Flower Power has kept watch these past months and it’s been helpful is [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Green Thumbery: Flower Power

Planting officially underway!

Things have been quiet on the Green Thumbery series because I’ve been watching my plants anxiously. The lengthy winter we experienced has made for a sluggish start and it was touch-and-go for a few weeks. But I’m getting ahead of myself; I should take a few steps back and bring you up to speed. We [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Why Facebook Users Are Probably Not Committing “Virtual Suicide” in Droves

Do you have a friend who has sworn off Facebook? Not taking a break, but someone who has completely severed ties with the online social networking platform and the connections it houses? There have been a few recent headlines claiming that Facebook users are quitting the network over concerns about privacy in bulk. This news [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Mobilizing The Urban Network

Once upon a time there was a family that lived in homes raised on platforms in the sky. They had cars that flew and sorta drove themselves. Their sidewalks carried them to where they needed to go. Video conferencing was the norm, as were appliances which were mostly automated. And they had a robot that [...]

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Observations

The Best Bracket Big Data Can Build

Credit: Rowan McNaught, Kaggle.com

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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Observations

How Much Control Will We Have over Our Personal Data?

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The flood of online data about each of us seems to be increasing exponentially. For the most part we’re willing participants, lured by the promise of convenience and information. But how much control will we have over the data that we give up? Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com, which is in the business of giving [...]

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Observations

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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Observations

Missing Medical Data Could Harm Patients

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Big clinical trials—to test new drugs or procedures—generate reams of important data about safety and efficacy. Only a fraction of that information sees the light of day, a publishing practice that could put patients at risk, according to a special report published this week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Even though scientific and medical [...]

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Observations

Damage from Extreme Weather Increasing

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Hurricane Irene is part of a worsening trend. Weather disasters have grown more frequent and more costly over the past 30 years in the U.S., according to data that was released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Thursday afternoon, NOAA posted a map of the 99 weather disasters that caused at [...]

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Observations

Data Gluttony Scuttles Unlimited Mobile Download Plans

All-you-can-eat data downloads seemed like a good way to sell fancy smart phones at first, but now wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are slowing down the buffet line. A minority of customers who keep refilling their digital dinner plates (while others are still working on the first course) have helped the wireless providers realize [...]

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Observations

Password advice from the father of the firewall

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As more and more personal business is conducted online, passwords (make that dozens of passwords) have become a necessary evil of daily life. We all know the rules for coming up with good passwords, or at the very least we hopefully know there are rules—choose an alphanumeric combination, don’t write it down, don’t use it [...]

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Observations

When should a scientist’s data be liberated for all to see?

scientists collecting research data, but debate if should be released immediately into commons

When researchers make an exciting discovery, the data behind it are often closely guarded until they can be examined, developed and then revealed—at least in part—in a peer-reviewed journal with all of the proverbial fanfare. But that custom often leaves the public and most of the research world in the dark—sometimes for years, as some [...]

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Plugged In

A Fleet of Data in U.S. Vehicles

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By: Melissa C. Lott and Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy In the early 1970s, auto manufacturers faced the challenge of how to ensure compliance with new U.S. emissions standards without sacrificing vehicle performance. As a result, they largely turned to electronically controlled fuel feed and ignition systems. And, with the addition [...]

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Plugged In

(A Lack of Good) Electricity Outage Data

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When attempting to evaluate the overall health of the U.S. electric grid, one potentially important metric relates to outages – how often and how long customers are without power. But, data related to disruptions in electricity service are largely unavailable. In fact, many states do not require utilities to report data related to the impact [...]

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Turns Out There IS Something New Under the Sun

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If there is anything new under the sun it has to be this – and delightfully, it’s the domain of the moon. This spectacular table by Adrien Segal captures tidal data collected from San Francisco Bay for the duration of a full lunar cycle, 29 days in April and May of 2006. I’m rarely rendered [...]

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If Only Pinterest Would Show Me More Ads… Said No One, EVER.

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I want so badly to love Pinterest, but we just don’t seem to be compatible lovers. My initial objection to their service was the cavalier way in which they claimed rights to creative work displayed on their site (almost certainly a relic of being a new startup and writing the broadest terms of service they [...]

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