What Police Can Learn From a Terrorist’s Discarded Mobile Phone

The dramatic raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis that left two dead and eight arrested followed the discovery of a mobile phone by police that was discarded by the terrorists who days earlier had launched their bloody attack. It’s understood that the data police were able to extract from the phone… »Yesterday 3:30am11/24/15 3:30am

Could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson Have Stopped That Bomb If They'd Just Taken An Uber?

You could use the public data released by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to reveal critical insights about urban transit trends. Or you could use it to conduct a completely serious investigation on the plausibility of one of the transportation scenarios in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. »11/18/15 7:50pm11/18/15 7:50pm

The Promise—and Perils—of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

Police departments, like everyone else, would like to be more effective while spending less. Given the tremendous attention to big data in recent years, and the value it has provided in fields ranging from astronomy to medicine, it should be no surprise that police departments are using data analysis to inform… »11/17/15 3:30am11/17/15 3:30am

Americans, Have You Ever Considered That You Are the Abnormal Ones?

A recent survey from Pew Research found that 18-34 year-olds are living with their parents for much longer than any generation since the 1960s. 43% of men and 37% of women in this age group are living at home. Commentators on last night’s PBS News Hour called it “the new normal.” But it’s actually the same old normal.… »11/12/15 8:11pm11/12/15 8:11pm

The Data-Collecting Company That Wants to Give Earth a "Nervous System"

Data. It’s a powerful tool that helps us battle climate change or keep companies sustainable. But there’s so much data, and it’s hard to corral, index, and understand. However, one company wants to give Earth a “planetary nervous system” to help out companies and policy makers make faster, more informed decisions… »10/12/15 12:15pm10/12/15 12:15pm