Science

  • Are You Driving Your Data? Or Is Your Data Driving You?

    In business, politics and philanthropy, being data-driven has become a point of pride.Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they "have the numbers" to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king.But…

    Huffington Post
  • 'Jeopardy!'-Winning Computer Now Crunching Data for Science

    Watch out, Sherlock, there's a new Dr. Watson in town. IBM's Watson, the computer that famously won the quiz show 'Jeopardy!', is now helping researchers make scientific discoveries. The new system, known as the Watson Discovery Advisor, could accelerate the scientific process by sifting through…

    LiveScience.com
  • Far Out! Company Tracks Space Junk

    New Facility Will Use Lasers to Track Space Debris

    ABC News
  • Defending Against Hackers of the Future

    Cryptographers are working on ways to thwart quantum computers

    BusinessWeek
  • Scientists Experiment With Reworking Memory in Mice

    In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals' bad memories into good ones.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Questions for IBM’s Watson

    IBM’s Watson keeps adding new features. But can it make money?

    The New York Times
  • Monsoon forecast to be better for crops next week

    India's monsoon is expected to provide more rain next week that will aid growth of crops sown in northwest and central areas, weather officials said on Thursday. The annual monsoon rains are vital, because over half of India's farmlands lack irrigation, and the farm sector accounts for 14 percent…

    Reuters
  • Two-Thirds of US Teens with Mental Health Problems Get Counseling

    These services include any treatment or counseling provided in the school, childcare center, clinic, home or other places. Such treatment also includes attending a school or special school program for students with emotional or behavioral difficulties.  About 4 percent of all adolescents ages 12 to…

    LiveScience.com
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    NASA Is Building 'World’s Most Powerful Rocket'

    NASA is one step closer to building its next spaceship. Officials approved the Space Launch System’s transition from the formula phase to the development phase on Wednesday. NASA administrator Charles Bolden called it a journey of scientific and human exploration that leads to Mars. The Space…

    Wochit
  • How Delivery Drones Could Monitor Their Own Health

    The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. "With something like package delivery, which needs to be done [consistently] over hours, you need to take into account the health of the system," Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, an aeronautical engineer…

    LiveScience.com
  • Scientists are recording the sound of the whole planet

    In a few weeks, sensors in Indiana will go online that will record, in the words of Bryan Pijanowski, every sound the Earth makes. The array of microphones, geophones, and barometric gauges will run for a year, taping everything from the songs of birds arriving in the spring to the vibrations of…

    The Verge
  • There's No Quick Path to the Internet of Things

    We need to create a faster development path for the Internet of Things, or we will probably forget about the IoT before we see many benefits from it, Guest Columnist Thomas H. Davenport warns.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Environmentalists Petition to Put the Monarch Butterfly on the Endangered Species List as Its Population Plummets

    The spectacle of monarch butterflies working their way back to their winter breeding grounds, across hundreds or thousands of miles, is the longest known insect migration on Earth.   It’s such a popular event, and the monarchs are so beautiful—their brilliant orange wings bordered with a…

    Takepart.com
  • Rhino Reproduction Could Get Boost from Hormone Tests

    Rhino reproduction may undergo a renaissance in European zoos, as researchers try to tap into how they can boost the success of these massive animals mating in captivity, according to a new study. The endangered black rhino, illegally hunted for its horn, has low birth rates in European zoos, the…

    LiveScience.com
  • This Portable DNA Sequencer Is About the Size of a Brick

    The field tool could be used to detect infectious diseases

    BusinessWeek
  • FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several…

    Reuters
  • Scientists found the origins of the Ebola outbreak — by tracking its mutations

    One of the big mysteries in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is where the virus came from in the first place — and whether it's changed in any significant ways. A new analysis could help show if Ebola is changing over time In a new paper in Science, researchers reveal that they have sequenced the…

    Vox.com
  • Why big data has some big problems when it comes to public policy

    It's easier to gather and easier to analyze than ever before but data scientists and researchers often have a difficult time overcoming the much more powerful forces fighting against them.

    Gigaom
  • IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs

    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson…

    Reuters