The way galaxies evolve from variations in matter density in the early universe is mathematically equivalent to the way cities grow from changes in population density on Earth, say cosmologists.
The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. In January, network scientists revealed that your friends are probably wealthier and happier, too.
In August, a study of 50,000 people in Italy concluded that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But In July, Yahoo researchers came up with an approach that could change that.
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.