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With every click, tweet, and text we collectively generate a torrent of data that is becoming one of the most abundant and valuable resources on the planet - but for whom? We asked a crowd of experts, "How can we make our data work for us and not against?" These Grand Challenge areas emerged from a network analysis of that collective input. If solved together, we believe they will catalyze a new data economy – for the people, by the people. Join us in answering the challenges and adding your voice to the global conversation: We The Data! <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Arab world needs science bloggers to counter spin in the mainstream media, says Rayna Stamboliyska . So why are they so hard to find? Cross-posted from House of Wisdom, a blog from Nature Middle East When I started browsing the web for science blogs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I didn’t think it would be such an adventure.
From The Observer, 20/11/11 : Leading scientists have warned that Age UK, the country's leading charity for older people, risks letting future generations down by abandoning fundamental research into the biology of ageing, instead only bankrolling studies that deliver short-term payoffs. Professor Richard Faragher, chair of the British Society for Research on Ageing, said that the move was especially unwelcome when scientists are tantalisingly close to cracking the secrets of how cells and bodies age. Read the article at The Observer (external link) <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Podcast #40: Bulletproof Brains & Brawn with Dan John Exclusive Interview: Dan John Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the [...]
Palantir Pharma: mitigating R&D risk through data fusion With development times of ten years or more and costs of over $1 billion per new medicine, pharmaceutical R&D is an expensive, lengthy, and risky process. Enterprises can minimize the risk associated with drug development programs by better understanding the universe of data relevant to particular diseases, targets, and drug candidates.
Hard Data for Hard Journalism Like the other domains in which our software is deployed, investigative journalism relies on the insight and judgment of human experts. Armed with the right technology and enough data, these experts can achieve extraordinary outcomes. On the Philanthropy Engineering team, we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with passionate, truth-seeking journalists on several inspiring projects, many of which [...]