US intelligence developing human DNA-like models to hoard your personal data

US intelligence developing human DNA-like models to hoard your personal data

As US intelligence services struggle to store the trove of data collected during its snooping operations, a team of researchers are developing radical new storage technology based on an unusual model – human DNA. The Molecular Information Storage program, run by the rather protractively-named Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is recruiting scientists to help […]

Facebook’s Use of Data May Annoy You, But IRS Handling of Your Sensitive Information Is Truly Chilling

Facebook’s Use of Data May Annoy You, But IRS Handling of Your Sensitive Information Is Truly Chilling

As we argue over the propriety of Facebook hoovering up personal (but not especially sensitive) information that users voluntarily gave to the social media company, it’s a good time to remember that many of us are right now surrendering delicate details of our life to an even less trustworthy entity—the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—and we […]

Trump’s War on Data Could Quietly Erase LGBT Crime Victims

The Department of Justice is looking to stop asking 16- and 17-year-olds about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Critics say the move is a way for legislators to leave LGBT teens out of policy decisions. The twice-a-year national survey asks about 135,000 households questions about the frequency and nature […]

New algorithm enables data integration at single-cell resolution

New algorithm enables data integration at single-cell resolution

Top Story A team of computational biologists has developed an algorithm that can “align” multiple sequencing datasets with single-cell resolution. The field of single-cell sequencing is rapidly expanding, with the potential to precisely study how the basic building blocks of life function and evolve. However, significant computational challenges remain, particularly when analyzing multiple datasets. For […]

Mystic Meg accused of crystal ball data mining|Humor

Millions of shocked Britons are looking for answers today after they learned their most intimate secrets were viewed and used for commercial gain by the veteran horoscope correspondent. Meg even brazenly gazes into their private lives in a crystal ball in her by-line photo. By meticulous study of the movements of the sun and planets, […]

British MPs seek to summon Facebook’s Zuckerberg for questioning over data scandal

British MPs seek to summon Facebook’s Zuckerberg for questioning over data scandal

British MPs have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. It’s alleged the details of Facebook users were harvested, and used to influence the 2016 US Presidential election. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Select Committee, headed by MP Damian Collins, has written a letter […]

Wall Street advances on strong industrial data but posts weekly losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials rose on Friday, boosted by strong industrial output numbers, though all three of Wall Street’s major indexes posted losses for the week. Traders work on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 14, 2018. […]

Many happy returns: new data reveal long-term investment trends

Many happy returns: new data reveal long-term investment trends

DATA-GATHERING is the least sexy part of economics, which is saying something. Yet it is also among the most important. The discipline is rife with elaborate theories built on assumptions that turned out to be false once someone took the time to pull together the relevant data. Accordingly, one of the most valuable papers produced […]