OKCupid: We Experiment On You, Deal With It

"Experimenting on people" makes most of us feel uncomfortable, like we're rats in a lab being prodded with weird devices and fed food that makes our organs bloated. But today, OKCupid tried to put that notion to rest—or at least, it tried to explain that services need to experiment on you in order to make their… » 7/28/14 1:05pm 7/28/14 1:05pm

World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970

It's incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are 'safe' because so few people live there. » 7/25/14 9:16pm 7/25/14 9:16pm

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. » 7/21/14 4:14pm 7/21/14 4:14pm

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by… » 7/05/14 3:37pm 7/05/14 3:37pm

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 math 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. » 7/03/14 11:05pm 7/03/14 11:05pm

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 data over the last… » 6/13/14 5:00pm 6/13/14 5:00pm

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. » 6/10/14 11:52am 6/10/14 11:52am

NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds

NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look. » 6/07/14 10:00am 6/07/14 10:00am

Maps of Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

Back in 2008, the Floatingsheep group collected data about the number of bars across the United States, and they compared those counts against the number of grocery stores. Their map showed what they called the "beer belly of America", which is a much higher than average number of bars in the Wisconsin area. » 5/29/14 5:40pm 5/29/14 5:40pm