Antisocial behavior online can make people’s lives miserable. So an algorithm that can spot trolls more quickly should be a boon, say the computer scientists who developed it.
Physicists have mapped out how to create quantum music, an experience that will be profoundly different for every member of the audience, they say.
And there’s a 50:50 chance of a Three Mile Island-scale disaster in the next 10 years, according to the largest statistical analysis of nuclear accidents ever undertaken.
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By studying the network of links between Indian recipes, computer scientists have discovered that the presence of certain spices makes a meal much less likely to contain ingredients with flavors in common.
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Researchers are teasing apart the complex set of links between the virality of a Web story and the emotions it generates.
Risk factors, alternative tools, and the risk manager’s increasingly important role.
Data mining Wikipedia people reveals some surprising differences in the way eastern and western cultures identify important figures in history, say computational anthropologists.