Studying cultural variation around the world has always been expensive, time-consuming work. Which is why the newfound ability to mine the data from location-based social networks is revolutionizing this science.
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Computer scientists, who have been monitoring the Bitcoin network since January 2013, cast doubt on MtGox's claim that its bitcoins were stolen by hackers.
The latest stretchable electronics need to make a faster transition to patients, and this new work could help.
How the Internet is changing the way we work
The difficulty of predicting local effects of climate change makes a compelling case for preventing it.
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That's the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
The next generation of recommendation engines will use your location data to suggest music festivals, sporting events, and conferences you will want to attend.