Most of the information on Wikipedia comes from a tiny proportion of users. Now social scientists are collecting data in a similar way, allowing participants to design surveys as they contribute.
When it comes to finding the perfect mate, people aren’t as fussy as they make out, say researchers studying behavior on online dating sites.
The ability to teleport photons through 100 kilometres of free space opens the way for satellite-based quantum communications, say researchers
Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.
Twitter data mining reveals surprising detail about socioeconomic indicators but at a fraction of the cost of traditional data-gathering methods, say computational sociologists.
IBM researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts your home location using your last 200 tweets.
The Internet of Things probably already influences your life. And if it doesn’t, it soon will, say computer scientists
Researchers look at social media to understand how updates and “likes” differ between personality types.
Two years ago a single bitcoin was worth around $5. Today it is worth around $600. Now one economist has worked out exactly what forces are behind this dramatic increase.
Big Data is revolutionizing 21st-century business without anybody knowing what it actually means. Now computer scientists have come up with a definition they hope everyone can agree on.