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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, nonpartisan think tank. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining ITIF, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics.

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How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Airlines and air traffic controllers use a lot of information to keep passengers safe, integrating weather readings, physical information about the plane, passenger data, and other kinds of data. But as the uncertainty surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s disappearance confirms, better information and ways to act on it will be...

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Conference Fosters Diverse Community Around Data

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:10 PM

Last Friday, a group of New York data scientists convened DataGotham 2013, billed as a "celebration of the NYC data community," at the New York Academy of Medicine on the Upper East Side. The event, now in its second year, brought together data-driven thinkers from an impressively broad...

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Using Data to Fight Counterfeiting

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Whether advertised on seedy websites or peddled on Manhattan’s Canal Street, counterfeit goods remain a serious problem for U.S. businesses and consumers. Despite the efforts of companies and government agencies alike, the International Chamber of Commerce estimates that the total value of counterfeit and pirated products produced worldwide could...

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'77 Million Paintings' NYC: Brian Eno's Audiovisual Experience Makes East Coast Debut (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Some artists demand your attention; Brian Eno also wants your patience. The legendary English musician and producer challenges audiences with lengthy ambient compositions and advocates as a board member of the futurist Long Now Foundation. But nowhere is his gradual aesthetic more apparent than in his latest audiovisual piece, "77...

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Chimp Teamwork Study Probes Evolutionary Roots Of Cooperation

(53) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 8:44 AM

Teamwork is a hallmark of the human species, but a new study shows we're not the only ones to cooperate. Chimpanzees team up to help each other to achieve a common goal, according to a new study in Biology Letters.

Chimps in the wild cooperate on straightforward things...

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White Dwarfs May Aid Search For Habitable Planets, Alien Life

(221) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 7:08 AM

As the hunt for earth-like planets and alien life heats up, stars that are cooling down may be the best places to look. That's the word from researchers at Harvard and Tel Aviv University, who wrote about the promise of the dying stars -- white dwarfs -- in...

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Richard III's Face Reconstructed From English King's Skull (VIDEO)

(908) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Now that Richard III's remains have been identified "beyond a reasonable doubt," scientists are trying to figure out what the English king looked like.

DNA tests and other techniques confirmed that a battle-scarred skeleton found buried in ruins beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England was that of...

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'Alien Deep With Bob Ballard': A Sneak Peek At The National Geographic Channel Special (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(47) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 6:22 PM

A rare deep-sea cusk eel comes to feed inches from the camera, as a scientist marvels: "I've never seen that guy."

Looking on is Dr. Robert Ballard, the renowned oceanographer and marine archaeologist who is best known for discovering the wrecks of the Titanic, John F. Kennedy's PT-109 motorboat...

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'Surface Tension' Show At Eyebeam NYC Gallery Spotlights Water, Design (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Water makes up around 70% percent of the Earth's surface and nearly two-thirds of our bodies, yet few people give much thought to the stuff. But a new exhibition in New York City aims to change that--by featuring artworks and commercial products that merge the science and art of the...

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Purple Crabs, Including Insulamon Palawanense, Discovered In Palawan, Philippines (PHOTOS)

(174) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 2:23 PM

You may have heard of blue lobsters, but how about purple crabs? Four new species of the colorful crustaceans were discovered in the hilly Philippine island of Palawan, according to a study published in the journal Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Why purple? "It is known that...

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NASA's Gemini Program PHOTOS, 50 Years Later: Spacewalks, Earthrises & Space Food

(46) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 1:23 PM

April 2012 marks 50 years since the beginning of NASA's Gemini program. Carried out from 1962-1966, during the feverish middle years of the space race, the Gemini missions achieved a wide range of American firsts, from the earliest space walk to the earliest in-flight docking of two spacecrafts.

The...

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Connecting The Dots: Lessons in Rebellion From the Math Network

(23) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Mathematicians play a version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" using the great Paul Erdős (1913-1996) as the center of their universe. Erdős (pronounced "air-dish"), besides being an unusual fellow, was the most prolific mathematician in history, and worked in such a broad range of subfields...

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Space Time-Lapse Video From Space Station Tweaked By Artist Alex Rivest (VIDEO)

(39) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 12:18 PM

NASA's time-lapse videos from the International Space Station (ISS) are breathtaking, sure. But wait till you see what an artist can do tweak them. For his new video, "The Stars as Viewed from the International Space Station," MIT student and photographer Alex Rivest took NASA's raw footage of...

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Electron Activity During Solar Storm Explained In New Research

(132) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 10:02 AM

Solar storms like the massive one that's currently hitting Earth don't just give us great aurora imagery. UCLA researchers have published a paper in Nature Physics that uses data from a 2011 storm to answer a long-disputed question about the dangerous high-energy particles that...

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Microwave Oven Explodes Foods In Slow Motion (VIDEO)

(205) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Most of us know that microwave ovens don't get along with aluminum foil, CDs, and certain foods. But it can be great fun - don't try this at home - to toss those things in and watch the sparks and explosions that result.

An experiment gone wrong can ruin...

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Scorpion Shells Patterned To Prevent Erosion

(8) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 1:30 PM

A super-hard ridge pattern inspired by scorpions takes the sting out of erosion in a new paper published in the American Chemical Society journal, Langmuir. A group of scientists, looking to create a material that prevents the sort of erosion that happens to helicopter blades, fans and turrets, found an...

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Amateur Astronomer Discovers Planet Orbiting Distant Star

(100) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM

There are billions of planets in our galaxy, and a hot, Neptune-sized planet orbiting an ordinary star called SPH10066540 might not seem unusual, but there's a catch. It was discovered by an amateur, with only "a passing interest in where things are in the sky."

That's how Chris Holmes, from...

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Black Hole Picture, Never Before Possible, To Be Planned At University Of Arizona Conference

(625) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 9:37 AM

At the center of our galaxy, an enormous black hole has worked invisibly for billions of years, and now scientists are gearing up to snap its picture.

A conference will be held to discuss the never-before-attempted photographic gambit on January 18 at the University of Arizona (UA). There...

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SETI Signals Are Not E.T., Scientists Say

(100) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Don't start making tinfoil hats yet. The 12 intriguing signals published this week by SETI researchers at UC Berkeley weren't created by aliens, despite what some commentators have said.

The 12 'candidates' are signals that "look similar to what we think might be produced from an extraterrestrial...

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10 Unusual Scientific Scales (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:33 PM

Hand-waving and estimation are out, and measurement is in. With the right scale, researchers can measure just about anything--even things traditionally considered too vague to quantify. In the slideshow below, we present ten of the most unusual and interesting scales, whether the weirdness comes from what they measure or how...

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