140 million tweets capture COVID-19’s spread

Researchers are sharing a trove of tweets that highlights COVID-19: its effects, our fears, and misinformation.

Noelle Toumey Reetz-Georgia State • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~5 min

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Data centers aren’t the energy hogs we thought

A new rundown of how much energy data centers around the world use shows that they don't use as much power as previously believed.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~5 min

climate-change energy data-science computers science-and-technology

How archaeologists can dig deeper with big data

Big data could give archaeology a big boost, researchers show with new work on the Inca Empire. But they have some caveats about its power, too.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Lab-made molecules store image of Picasso drawing

Researchers have stored and retrieved image data from mixtures containing molecules they made in the lab. It's a step forward for molecular data storage.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~5 min

data-science molecules science-and-technology

DNA lets stuff like buttons and glasses store data

"DNA is currently the only data storage medium that can also exist as a liquid, which allows us to insert it into objects of any shape."

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 9, 2019 ~6 min

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The right ‘noise’ can get around one of WiFi’s limits

A new way to get around one of the flaws of WiFi takes advantage of the "wireless noise" that fills our houses.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~6 min

internet data-science wifi sensors science-and-technology

Good old days? Index charts national happiness since 1820

Analyzing 8 million books and 65 million newspaper articles let researchers measure national happiness levels from 1820 - 2009 for the first time.

Sheila Kiggins-Warwick • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~5 min

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Ocean info fills gaps in Earth’s ‘methane budget’

"The methane budget helps us place human methane emissions in context and provides a baseline against which to assess future changes."

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Oct. 14, 2019 ~5 min

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Better data would ease gaps in rural public health

Gathering better data, and making them accessible to health leaders, could help close the gaps between urban and rural public health.

U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 26, 2019 ~5 min

public-health data-science rural-communities health-and-medicine

What’s the most polluted city? It’s impossible to really know

You might have seen articles ranking the most polluted cities in the world, but a lack of good information makes it difficult to really know.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 16, 2019 ~4 min

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