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What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were …

Privacy

How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location .<p>Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP …

Maps

A 400-year-old Mesoamerican map of Spanish colonization is now online for all to see

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, a manuscript dating back to the late 1500s, sounds like an artifact from an <i>Indiana Jones</i> movie. Essentially an ancient map of an area including present-day Mexico City and Puebla, it was created during a period when both Spanish colonizers and indigenous people were using …

Mexico City

Bizarre Phenomenon That Intrigued Leonardo Da Vinci Can Finally Be Explained

The shape of water.<p>Whenever the 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci wasn't painting masterpieces or coming up with new ways to launch humans into …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Star’s black hole encounter puts Einstein’s theory of gravity to the test

For more than 20 years, a team of astronomers has tracked a single star whipping around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy at up …

Black Holes

Geospatial Analytics Will Eat The World, And You Won't Even Know It

In 2011 Marc Andreseen famously wrote that software was eating the world. Unsurprisingly, he was right. Software continues to provide enormous business value with a previously unheard of ability to scale quickly. The software revolution has created a virtuous cycle that supports the creation of …

Big Data

The case for full-fat yogurt

Dairy fat may be saturated, but it's not unhealthy the way animal fats are.<p>Not all fats are created equal. There’s the dangerous trans fats, the healthy unsaturated fats, and the middling saturated fats, but even within that final category there are variations. That marbled steak? Bad for you, in …

Nutrition

10 Essential Reggae Albums To Own On Vinyl

In some quarters, reggae is treated as a singles music – those rare, much-sought 45s drive DJ sets and a rabid collectors’ market. But the …

Headless Pompeii Victim Wasn't Crushed to Death, After All

A surprising new discovery reveals the truth about what really happened to an unfortunate man in 79 A.D.<p>He was an unlucky person in an ill-fated place: A man whose head was seemingly crushed by a massive boulder as he fled Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now, his head has …

Father leaves his messy teens the perfect threatening note

Nobody wants to wash dishes, 'specially if they didn't make the mess.<p>A father, completely fed up with his sloppy teenagers, left a perfect note above …

Einstein Wins Again! General Relativity Passes Its First Extragalactic Test

In 1915, Albert Einstein put forth a new theory of gravity: General Relativity. Instead of every mass in the Universe instantly reaching across to every other mass and exerting an attractive force, the new concept of a cosmic fabric — spacetime — would curve in response to matter and energy. As the …

How Maps Became the New Search Box

Open the Uber app in downtown San Francisco, and you’ll discover you can do a lot more than hail a ride. You rent a bike, thanks to Uber’s recent …

50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

Janelle Monae, ‘Dirty Computer’<p>We Say: Released in tandem with a film of the same name (like <i>Purple Rain</i>) and with music that engages with apocalyptic …

23 Dad Jokes That Are So Bad They're Good

Nothing like a good ol' dad joke.

6 Types of Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well-used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear …

Uber’s amazing geospatial data viz tool joins the open source community

Imagine a geospatial data visualization tool that doesn’t require coding, works in the browser, doesn’t need to be installed, can render millions of …

If You Care About Data, Change These 15 Default Privacy Settings Right Now

Say no to defaults.<p>On the Internet, the devil's in the defaults.<p>You're not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably …

Tableau vs. QlikView vs. Power BI―Competitive Report

<b>Find out which system is best for your needs. Get the pros and cons for each of these top business intelligence solutions across 20 key business and</b> …

This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Elon Musk’s ‘time blocking’ method: How to manage time effectively even if your schedule is hectic

Elon Musk is possibly the busiest man on earth right now.<p>The billionaire founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, usually spends up to 100 hours a week …

Time Management

Bill Gates Shares the 5 Books You Should Read This Summer

Bill Gates wants you to do some serious thinking this summer. For his annual list of the best books to read this season, Gates has selected five …

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

“Electric like Dick Hyman”: 170 Beastie Boys references explained

<i>This week, Inventory breaks format a bit to offer a glossary of terms deployed in the Beastie Boys’ lyrics</i>. <i>(Hat tip to beastiemania.com for serving</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

It's 3 p.m., let's watch the Beastie Boys annihilate "Sabotage" on Letterman

<b>It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of</b> …

The Best New Rock Albums That Dropped This Week

As we round out the first half of 2018, it’s frankly astounding how many great rock records we’ve received thus far this year. From indie artists on the come-up to classic acts padding their already-impressive discographies, it’s not just the amount, but the range of different sounds and textures …

The best collection of Star Wars maps ever!

This week the new Star Wars movie hits movie theatres around the world. Millions of geeks, including me, were waiting for that moment for the last …

An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem

In 1950 Edward Nelson, then a student at the University of Chicago, asked the kind of deceptively simple question that can give mathematicians fits …

Beautiful thematic maps with ggplot2 (only)

The above <i>choropleth</i> was created with ggplot2 (2.2.0) only. Well, almost. Of course, you need the usual suspects such as rgdal and rgeos when dealing …

Data Visualization