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New Super Software Tracks Every Cell In An Organism As It Develops

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least until now it was.


How Much Underwear To Pack For Your Trip, Visualised

Knowing how much underwear to pack for a trip can be fraught with problems: how many pairs do you need for a long trip, and what happens if there’s… an accident? This chart will help you know exactly what to pack.


Yahoo's Developing A Map Algorithm To Find The Most Beautiful Route

Sometimes you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible — but what if you want to savour the journey? Well, Yahoo has been working on an algorithm that can plot the most beautiful route, for those days when time is less of a concern.


How Many Gigabytes Does It Take To Make A Human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the maths in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person’s genetic code.


Inside The Giant Data Centre Hidden In The Middle Of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centres for Telx, an internet services company.


20 Fun Facts About The Way We Drink, As Told By A Breathalyzer

Do you remember that handy little breathalyzer we reviewed last year that synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth? The BACtrack Mobile, as it’s called, turns out to not just be a means of trying to outdo (or under-do) your friends’ drunkenness, but it’s also been gathering a whole lot of anonymous US-centric data over the last year, the fruits of which have just been released unto us.


The NSA Won't Hand Over Data Because It Literally Can't Keep Track Of It

Last week, a US District judge ordered the NSA to stop destroying data that pertains to a pre-Snowden lawsuit against the agency. There’s just one teensy weensy problem with that: Apparently NSA’s systems handle so much data that it literally cannot find what it’s supposed to stop deleting.


A 90-Year Human Life In Weeks (And How You'll Spend Them)

Ever wondered how your life might pan out? Well, certain aspects of it are fairly predictable — as this wonderful chart, breaking down a 90-year life in weeks, demonstrates.


How Much Time The World Spends Looking At Screens, Visualised

Ever wondered how much time the average person spends looking at their TV, computer, phone or laptop? Well, this chart shows exactly that, broken down by country.


MH370 Satellite Data Is Now Available For Anyone To Investigate

The Malaysian government has today publicly published the final ping transmissions between Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and an Inmarsat satellite that it was communicating with before it disappeared — so now anyone can investigate what happened to the aircraft,