Use It Or Lose It: The Search For Enlightenment In Dark Data

Shazia Sadiq, The University of Queensland

Big data is big news these days. But most organisations just end up hoarding vast reams of data, leaving them with a massive repository of unstructured – or “dark” – data that is of little use to anyone.  Given the potential benefits of big data, it’s crucial that we find better ways to gather, store and analyse data in order to make the most of it.

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Forensic Evidence Largely Not Supported By Sound Science – Now What?

Jessica Gabel Cino, Georgia State University

Forensic science has become a mainstay of many a TV drama, and it’s just as important in real-life criminal trials. Drawing on biology, chemistry, genetics, medicine and psychology, forensic evidence helps answer questions in the legal system. Often, forensics provides the “smoking gun” that links a perpetrator to the crime and ultimately puts the bad guy in jail.

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Steve Jobs Interview Makes A Solid Point About Marketing Technology

In this old Steve Jobs interview below, the Apple Founder discusses why product people should get promoted over sales & marketing people.  Although he has passed away, his technology and vision for the future still continues running through the veins of Apple today.  It's interesting to see this vision of our future reaching its limits already with marketing companies struggling to sell technology and hardware based on speed and power alone.

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Why You Should Dispense With Antibacterial Soaps

Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University and Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University

An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit.

About 40 percent of soaps use at least one of these chemicals, and the chemicals are also found in toothpaste, baby pacifiers, laundry detergents and clothing. It is in some lip glosses, deodorants and pet shampoos.

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Circadian Rhythms & The Microbiome: Disrupting Daily Routine of Gut Microbes Can Be Bad News For Whole Body

Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, University of Connecticut

We’ve known that bacteria live in our intestines as far back as the 1680s, when Leeuwenhoek first looked through his microscope. Yogurt companies use that information in the sales pitch for their product, claiming it can help keep your gut bacteria happy. The bacteria growing on our skin have also been effectively exploited to sell the underarm deodorants without which we can become, ahem, malodorous. Until fairly recently our various microbes were thought of as freeloaders without any meaningful benefit to our functioning as healthy human beings.

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Microbes: Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

David R. Montgomery, University of Washington

Most of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head. A “microbe” is a bacterium and any other organism too small to see with the naked eye. After decades of trying to sanitize them out of our lives, the human microbiome – the communities of microbes living on and in us – is now all the rage. And yet, some insist that we can’t really call microbes “good.” That’s nonsense.

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