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This Digital Map Of The Seafloor Can Help Scientists Predict Environmental Change

We know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of Mars. But if we want to really understand how humans are impacting the Earth, we need to start looking down deep into the muck. That’s why scientists created the first digital map of the seafloor’s geologic composition.


Facebook Is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures

Friday’s Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage was a historic moment for civil rights in America, and for the first time ever, Facebook released a tool that encouraged people express solidarity with a rainbow profile picture. Naturally, Facebook is also keeping track of who’s using it.


The World In 2100, According To NASA's New Big Dataset

The image you’re looking at is a glimpse into our future. Welcome to July 2099, according to 21 different climate models. CO2 concentrations have topped 900 parts per million, comprising nearly one per cent of our atmosphere. (In early 2015, we hit 400).


IBM's Watson Could Offer Customised Treatment To Every Cancer Patient

Rather than relying on carpet-bombing approaches like chemotherapy and radiation treatments, cutting-edge cancer cures are looking more towards a surgical strike, tailored to shutting down the mutations that are driving growth. And the secret weapon in that fight might just be a well-known Jeopardy contestant.


Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always watching and terribly Orwellian. It’s data.


How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired Or Ruin Your Credit

There’s probably something you do right now you wouldn’t really want everyone to know about. Maybe you’re letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you’re in the habit of driving around at 3am when you can’t sleep. Whatever you do, if you’re doing it while using “internet of things” devices, those private vices may not be so private.


How We Come To Know Ourselves In The Age Of The Quantified Self

My grandmother recently had a pacemaker implanted. Major surgery and its aftermath are frightening at any age, but for a 93-year-old and her family it is a particularly scary tightrope to walk. Had her recovery been filmed for a montage in a family drama, there would have been reassuring doctors and smiling nurses with encouraging words as the liveliness returned to her eyes and activity to her arms and legs — but this wasn’t a movie. This was the information age. As we gathered around her hospital bed in the days after the procedure, I could tell that my grandmother was worried, and I was worried too.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!


Should Google Be Allowed To Mine Your Health Care Data?

On the heels of the I/O keynote on Thursday, Google cofounder Larry Page spilled his guts to Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times. “Right now we don’t data-mine health care data,” Page said. “If we did we’d probably save 100,000 lives next year.” But is that actually a good idea?


Why A Fitness-Tracking App Is Selling Its Data To City Planners

Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app for runners and cyclists, just announced a new initiative. Because the app collects so much location information about people on the move, the company is now selling its data to local governments, where city planners can put it to use. Good idea!


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