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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!


Uber's New Privacy Policy Has A Hilarious Loophole

In case you haven’t already switched to a new method of getting around town, this might help to cement your decision. Uber has published an update to its privacy policy and it includes a loophole so wide you can drive an entitled black SUV through it.


An Entire Day Of All Of The UK's Air Travel, Visualised

Every day, around 6000 flights operate in UK airspace. In this visualisation by NATS, one of the UK’s air traffic control providers, you can see them all in intricate detail. It’s mesmerising.


Bacteria Have Been Hacked To Work Like Tape Recorders

You might not think a lone E. coli bacterium has much in the way of memory. But now, researchers have hacked their DNA so that they can store memories of their environment — working much like an old tape recorder.


Scientists Are Sending Data-Carrying Spiral Lasers Across Entire Cities

Twisted laser beams may just be the key to unlimited bandwidth in the future — and now a team of scientists has used them to beam data through the air, from one side of Vienna to the other.


The Real Reason So Many States Are Legalizing Cannabis In One Chart

With more and more states legalizing cannabis — though, sadly, not always the good stuff — have you ever wondered what might be motivating them? Money, duh.


FM Radio Hack Allows Data To Be Routed Out Of Isolated Networks

Everyone knows that isolated networks aren’t perhaps as secure as people hope. Now, a security researcher has developed a way to route data from a closed network using just a computer monitor and some humble FM radio waves.


A Secret Policy Lets The UK Suck Up Any Bulk NSA Data It Wants

As if having all that public data squirrelled away by the NSA wasn’t bad enough, a new report by Liberty UK reveals that Britain’s intelligence services can take any of it, whenever it wants, without a warrant.


The Great Public Holiday Exodus, Visualised Using Mobile Phone Data

In France, they know how to relax: On public holidays, virtually all city dwellers flee the urban environment to hit the beach and countryside. And this analysis of mobile phone location shows that in quantified, data-driven form.


The Thoughts Of Locked-In Patients, Visualised

These aren’t Second Life punks — they’re visualisations of what people with locked-in syndrome think, and they could help us communicate with people who can’t respond physically or verbally.


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