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How to Tell a Story with Data

An excellent visualization, according to Edward Tufte, expresses “complex ideas communicated with clarity, precision and efficiency.” I would add that an excellent visualization also tells a story through the graphical depiction of statistical information. As I discussed in an earlier post, …

Teens enter vocational school, come out with jobs, no debt

When he decided against going to a traditional high school, Warner Adams got teased. But now he's getting the last laugh.<p>“People always make fun of vocational schools, but now they're like, ‘Oh man, I wish I went there,’” said Adams, now a junior at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High …

PatientsLikeMe has 200K users, calls for new lexicon

PatientsLikeMe Vice President for Advocacy Sally Okun spoke at TEDMED about the idea of building a "patient lexicon" to make it as easy for patients …

mHealth

Kinsa starts with thermometer, works up to realtime health map

The most important thing about a thermometer isn't that it takes your temperature. What's important about a thermometer, according to Kinsa Health …

Digital Health

At NSA, The Cloud Is About Big Data And Moving Beyond IT

The National Security Agency (NSA) cloud is about big data and creating unicorns. And it all started when some geeks stole two servers. It makes no sense, according to conventional thinking, but these are unconventional times, and the cloud that NSA built had to be thought through differently, …

Tasker's New User-Friendly UI Makes Automating Your Android a Breeze

Android (4.0+): Android tweaking and customization tool Tasker picked up a major update today, and now sports a Holo-themed new look that will make …

Android News

Doctors turn to big data for help with cancer care

The ability to query vast swaths of data is transforming government and industry, and now doctors are beginning to apply the same ideas to cancer treatment. Today, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists is announcing that it’s completed work on a prototype for a "learning health system" …

Intel Said Nearing Media Company Deals for Pay-TV Service

T-Mobile

Bombing North Korea's sacred statues would be gratifying but foolish

Today, North Korea scolded the South for its reported plan to destroy two giant bronze statues in Pyongyang if the North issues any further …

Snow Clash: Watching Soccer Get Weird At 5,000 Feet

<b>DENVER—</b> By almost every measure, Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., is a thoroughly modern stadium. Built for $147 million in 2007 …

The aggrieved party

TODAY the Supreme Court heard the first day of oral arguments in a case that could decide the future of gay marriage in America. This comes amidst an …

Regrow Fresh Heads of Romaine Lettuce from Chopped Down Lettuce Hearts

The next time you chop up a head of romaine lettuce for salad, hang on to the very bottom. The "heart" can be placed in a pan of water and with a …

Aquaponics

Dungeons & Dragons And Other Role-Playing Games Headed Soon To iOS

Playdek, a leading mobile video game publisher, and Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, have announced a new partnership. When fully …

This crowdfunding campaign aims to put a 30-second NASA commercial in movie theaters

Earlier this month, NASA released a video entitled, "We Are The Explorers," a moving montage of the space agency's achievements over the years with an eye toward the future. "Everything we have accomplished leads us to this moment in time, where exploration will take us to the planets and the …

Meet Forecast, The Web App That Has Web App Developers Drooling

Anyone remember the last time I said “Wow! Look at how pretty this web app is!”? Because I don’t.<p>At least, not before this morning when I saw Forecast.<p>Warning before anyone is like “WTF? Why is TechCrunch writing about a weather app? UNSUBSCRIIIIIBE”: Yeah, Forecast is a weather app. But it’s a …

Atlas Park still hanging on

From the Daily News:<p><i>Macerich, which owns The Shops at Atlas Park, unveiled plans Tuesday for new stores and an outdoor performance space after</i> …

Electeds want rail line restored

From DNA Info:<p><i>The move by Reps. Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries, who represent Brooklyn as well as parts of Howard Beach and Ozone Park, could be a</i> …

Study Shows Censorship On Sina Weibo Is A ‘Sophisticated’ And Very Speedy Operation

Known as the Twitter of China, Sina Weibo is also infamous in the West for the number of high profile users who have had tweets censored, including Kai-fu Lee. The former head of Google China, who was once booted off Sina and Tencent Weibo for three days, recently made a graph of how often his …

How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing — ProPublica

<b>Update, April 14, 2016:</b> In 2013, we detailed how Intuit has lobbied against allowing the government to estimate your taxes for you. So this week, we …