9 Bizarre and Surprising Insights from Data Science

Data is the world’s most potent, flourishing unnatural resource. Accumulated in large part as the byproduct of routine tasks, it is the unsalted, flavorless residue deposited en masse as organizations …

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Election Security Is a Matter of National Security

State-sponsored cyber-attacks seemingly intended to influence the 2016 Presidential election have raised a question: Is the vulnerability of computerized voting systems to hacking a critical threat to our national security? …

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How Designers Can Improve Health Care For Everyone

The last place anyone expects to find a designer is in a hospital, clinic or operating room, but those are exactly the spaces where I embed myself. My first step …

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Policing Seafood with DNA

“Fishy”—meaning inspiring doubt or suspicion—is a fairly apt description of the way in which much of the world’s fish is bought and sold these days. Peer-reviewed research suggests that as …

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The Digital Ocean: Our Next Information Frontier

When the term Information Highway was coined, little did the majority of the world realize the impact this concept and the resulting Internet Superhighway would have on humanity. In 1994, …

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Facing Up to Online Murder and Other Cybercrimes

A recent report from Europol’s European Cybercrime Center includes a forecast that the world’s first “online murder” will likely occur before the end of 2014. Obviously this is a frightening …

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YouTube’s Rock Stars of Science Make a Splash a VidCon

YouTube has exploded in the decade since it first launched in 2005, to the point where the top five most influential figures among American teens are all YouTube stars. Alongside …

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What’s Wrong with Open-Data Sites–and How We Can Fix Them

Imagine shopping in a supermarket where every item is stored in boxes that look exactly the same. Some are filled with cereal, others with apples, and others with shampoo. Shopping …

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5 Ways to Thwart Illegal Drug Dealing Online

Recent reports from ABC News and the UK’s Mail on Sunday suggest eBay is providing a platform for sellers engaged in an illegal prescription drug trade. An ecommerce pioneer now …

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Should We Let Uploaded Brains Take Over the World?

The human brain is, by some accounts, the most complex and powerful object in the known universe. The product of billions of years of evolution, it is an advanced network …

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