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Socialbakers bakes its data analytics down to a Social Health Index

Can social media analytics be compressed into an elevator pitch?<p>That was a question Lenovo asked its social analytics firm, Socialbakers. The result, launching today, is a Social Health Index that presents a few top-level indicators of a brand’s standing in social media vis-a-vis any …

Earth at risk after cuts close comet-spotting program, scientists warn

The Earth has been left with a huge blind spot for potentially devastating comet strikes after the only dedicated comet-spotting program in the southern hemisphere lost its funding, leading astronomers have warned.<p>The program, which discovered the Siding Spring comet that narrowly missed Mars on …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

What we really talk about when we talk about religion

<b>(AP/Janet Van Ham/Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi/photo montage by Salon)</b><p>In every heated conversation about faith and violence, there’s one thing that everybody gets wrong<p>Sean McElwee<p>October 19, 2014 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this month, the perennial debate about religion and atheism was stirred up again by …

How Microsoft Appointed Itself Sheriff of the Internet

It was 7 o'clock in the morning when the knocking on Dan Durrer's front door woke him up. His dog started barking, and Durrer thought he was getting …

The emergent patterns of climate change

You can't understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It's the whole, or it's nothing. In this illuminating talk, he …

September Was Warmest on Record, NASA Data Shows

By Andrea Thompson<p><i>Published:</i> October 13th, 2014<p>Like August before it, September 2014 was the warmest September on record, according to newly updated …

Global Warming

Tens of thousands of Catalans rally, demand early elections (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

About 110,000 people gathered in the center of Barcelona to call for snap regional elections after Catalonia was forced to cancel its November 9 …

Ebola and the Five Stages of Collapse

At the moment, the Ebola virus is ravaging three countries—Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone—where it is doubling every few weeks, but singular cases …

Viral Shark Video Gives Rare Look at a Feeding Frenzy

Footage from the Outer Banks shows activity that is rarely seen near a beach.<p>A video posted to YouTube Monday shows as many as a hundred sharks devouring a school of bluefish near a beach, a rarely seen phenomenon. The sharks are so focused on their meal that several wash up on the sand, putting …

Putin’s Tiger – Caught in the Act!

Wildlife<p>Last week Vladimir Putin released Kuzya, complete with electronic tracking device, but forgot to tell her she was to stay in Russia.<p>Shortly after she swam across the freezing Amur river into China where she stopped for supper at a Chinese chicken farm take-away. She left nothing but a few …