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United Continental Is Still Shaky Five Years After Merger

No. 2 U.S. carrier forced to ground fleet, delay nearly 1,200 flights due to a computer glitch Wednesday<p>The computer malfunction that prompted a temporary grounding of United Continental Holdings Inc.’s global fleet is the latest in a series of disruptions that suggest the carrier still is …

I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days

Kerry Picket | The Daily Caller -- President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Obama administration holdovers at the White House and National …

The Biblioracle: Re-reading Margaret Wise Brown's 'Goodnight Moon'

I was recently trying to figure out what book I've re-read the most times.<p>I've read John Irving's "Water-Method Man" at least half a dozen times. It's maybe the same for Katherine Dunn's "Geek Love."<p>I've taught Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" enough that I may be up to seven or eight …


Siri and Alexa's future: Health and emotional support?

People do personify these chatbots. They're confidants, they're advisers, they're companions.<p>Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of Affectiva

Smart Homes

'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem #InvestigatingOxy - Los Angeles Times

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications.<p>Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to take their pills, Purdue told doctors. One OxyContin …

Text analysis of Trump's tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half

I don’t normally post about politics (I’m not particularly savvy about polling, which is where data science has had the largest impact on politics). …

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure


A Tale of Twenty-Two Million Citi Bike Rides: Analyzing the NYC Bike Share System

In the conclusion of my post analyzing NYC taxi and Uber trips, I noted that Citi Bike, New York City’s bike share system, also releases public data, …

Data Science

Damn, We Wish We’d Written These 11 Stories

Every year, Bloomberg News publishes a “Jealousy List” — the stories Bloomberg staffers wish they had published. It’s a delightful and endearing …


The Simplest Way to Get People Biking

The $100,000 Battery That Could Help Hotels Save Bundles of Money

Two 54-kilowatt energy storage systems at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco's Nob Hill will be able to supply 20 percent of the building's electricity demand.<p>When the big utilities lose a guy like Harry Hobbs, trouble lies ahead. Hobbs is the area director of engineering for Intercontinental …