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Happy birthday, London Underground: the amazing history of the Tube

One hundred and fifty years ago, the world’s first underground railway began operating in London, running for just six kilometres from Paddington to Farringdon. Today, the network covers 408 kilometres, with 11 lines running through 270 stations. And despite every major city in the world now having …

Aereo: The future of TV is here today

Watch and record live TV over the Internet, without having any hardware installed in your house: That’s the promise that Aereo, a New York based internet startup is making and it is an approach that has touched a nerve with the TV industry.<p>Aereo is based on a very simple idea: That over-the-air …

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: A Case Study

The uncertainty we all face every day—everything from wondering if we will we have a job tomorrow to whether the weather (hurricanes; massive storms) will up-end our lives—is like being on a confusing road trip. You know where you want to go, but the incomprehensible road signs, congestion, …

The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Visualization is easy, right? After all, it’s just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …