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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Is Virtual Reality the Future of Data Visualization?

Data visualization is important and has a lot of applications across different industries. And we know just how much impact the right visualization can have, which is why we need to keep our eye on virtual reality technology. Typically, data visualizations are 2-dimensional with a defined data set, but virtual reality is emerging with a new 3D way represent digital data. But is virtual reality data visualization? We've seen games and simulations, so how exactly does it relate data visualization?...

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Your Business Can Benefit From Video Games

Video games are a fun way to  pass the time. But brushing them off as kids' toys means you're missing out on incredible business opportunities. Video games and online gaming have more to offer than just entertainment. The video game industry is a veritable data giant worth more than $100 billion last year alone. With an industry this big, there are countless untouched opportunities. With the rise of online gaming and streaming, there's a non-stop wave of infinite data. All that data is very,...

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Health and Data Visualization: How it Can Save Your Life

Data visualizations and data products have very obvious value in the workplace and data related tech. But have you ever thought about how visualization can protect you? Because it's actually very crucial to epidemiology and your health.   Public Health We usually think of health care as going to the doctor, but data visualization also plays a huge role. In the 1800's, cholera plagued many countries, resulting in many deaths. Medical professionals were stumped as to how the disease was...

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