Archaeologists and Data Visualization

Harrison Ford showed us how thrilling archaeology and human history could be while fighting off the bad guys. And while real archaeologists don’t jump from cars or heal their fathers with the Holy Grail like Indiana Jones, they do find incredible fossils, relics, and sites. And today, they use digital data and data visualization to find them. Why do old relics matter? The field isn’t for everyone and it probably sounds boring to some people, but it uncovers crucial information in human...

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IOT in Healthcare

The IoT is the next tech frontier for almost every industry. It's more than just machine automation, it's convenient data analytics from your own body. Doctors, nurses, and personal care aides don't need invasive procedures to guess a patient's well being.  What is IoT? The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an ecosystem of technology and living beings interconnected via the ability to transfer data from one vessel to another without human interference. This high-tech network can make all the...

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Invasive Species: Infested with Data

What happens when you have an unwanted houseguest? Do they eat all your food or cause bodily harm? Do they multiply, destroy your home, and force you out? A human guest (hopefully) won't behave like this, but invasive species do while they destroy the environment. Not all cases of invasive species are apparent right away, but most do cause serious damage. Animals, insects, and plants invade and infest new places everyday, harming local environments. But combining studies and data visualization...

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Mars is Full of Data

NASA sent over the very first rover to Mars in 1997, more than 20 years ago. Since then, NASA has sent more rovers and orbiters to amass as much data as possible about Earth's closest neighbor (other than our own moon). Did it once hold life? Is there any trace of water? Because of its proximity and size, Mars has long been the subject of alien stories and martian movies. Now, we know it's not nearly impossible to travel and perhaps live on Mars (with enough data). It seems like something out...

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Fake Data Means Disaster

Fake information has been plaguing free press for centuries. Today, the recent explosion of political fake news has made it increasingly difficult to isolate the truth. Extreme polarizing views and bigotry make up every other headline, triggering equally strong counter reactions (often violence). Not to mention the growing animosity towards journalists for reporting things that don't follow everyone's opinions. And figuring out what's actually true is difficult. Like the news, data can have a...

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A Simple Guide to Data Engineers & Data Scientists

In the past few years, you've probably heard a lot about data related jobs. But what are they? What is it about data that requires a scientist AND an engineer? On the surface, both roles sound vaguely simple to understand. Don't they just read data? Yes, but data is so complex that it requires more than reading numbers to understand. Data analytics and product building are everything now. From self driving cars to talking speakers, technology needs data. On the surface, both roles sound vaguely...

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Weather, Natural Disasters, and Data Visualization

What's the weather like today? Chances are, you've already checked this week's forecast on your phone. Making sure you're dressed appropriately or making sure you have an umbrella for the rain is just part of the day. Natural disasters like tornados are usually contained to certain areas , so most of of us don't have to think about living in Tornado Alley. But the weather is more than just forecasts. For every storm and earthquake, scientists have made countless analyses and predictions....

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Bias: How Data Can Be Dangerous

Data is, no doubt, an irreplaceable part in today's technological world. Just by reading this, you're producing a stream of data that'll be analyzed for marketing, sales, etc. But somewhere along the way, the data might become biased and create problems. Biased data is one of the biggest overlooked dangers in every industry. Data is in theory neutral because it doesn't hold opinions, just details. However, anyone handling the data can easily translate it to have a different meaning. Everything...

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Machine Learning Data is Everywhere

It's everywhere, but what is it? By now you've probably heard a lot buzz about machine learning. AI can't exist without it, many businesses use it already, and you've probably run into it before. But how does it even work? Imagine this, your house tracks your behavior, making forecasts and decisions for you. It calculates your health, predicts your shopping list, and even alerts you to the most effective ways to save money. Sounds pretty good, right? Good news, you don't have to wait for the...

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UI/UX Is Everything You Need

UI/UX designers are in growing demand in today's tech heavy world. And they should be! User interface and user experience is everything your audience sees and engages with on a digital platform, so it's pretty important. A digital experience is absolutely nothing without design, and a bad design can ruin everything. What is it? Any digital tech you've used was designed in a variety of ways. UI/UX makes up the face of most digital platforms. But what do these designers do exactly? A UX...

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