Food shortages in developing countries have always been difficult to monitor in real time. But mobile phone data is changing that, say demographers.
The ebb and flow of geolocated Twitter activity is a “social microscope” that reveals the heartbeat of a city, say complexity scientists.
The digital chatter of smart meters could soon replace human communications on the GSM mobile phone network, say network engineers.
The best way to build a global quantum internet will use containerships to carry qubits across the oceans, say physicists.
Last year, the news media reported on 195,000 disasters around the world. The ones you heard about depend crucially on your location.
A computer-controlled text message service could direct Ebola cases to appropriate medical facilities and track the spread of the disease in the process--provided it can raise the necessary funding.
Apple's SIM card that lets you switch wireless carriers on the fly could lead to cheaper communications.
Urban "Fingerprints" Finally Reveal the Similarities (and Differences) Between American and European Cities
Travelers have long noticed that some American cities "feel" more European than others. Now physicists have discovered a way to measure the "fingerprint" of a city that captures this sense.
Anecdotal reports suggest that autistic adults benefit from computer-based communication. Now the scientific evidence is building.
Network Theory Reveals The Hidden Link Between Trade And Military Alliances That Leads to Conflict-Free Stability
The first game-theoretical study of military alliances shows that they cannot alone lead to global stability.