Displaying the data from complex astrophysical simulations is always hard. So astronomers came up with a solution: they 3-D printed the data so they could hold it in their hands.
A new list of the most culturally influential individuals since 4,000 B.C. could help revolutionize the study of human culture.
Combining old fashioned questionnaires with data mining techniques reveals increasingly detailed insights into the way young men and women allocate their time and resources.
The way your smartphone uses power provides a simple way to track it, say computer scientists who have developed an app to prove it.
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.