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Early Warning: Internet Surveillance Predicts Disease Outbreak

The habit of Googling for an online diagnosis before visiting a GP can provide early warning of an infectious disease epidemic. In a new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, internet-based surveillance has been found to detect infectious diseases such Dengue Fever and Influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional surveillance methods. Senior author [...]

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New Algorithm Finds You, Even in Untagged Photos

New Algorithm Finds You, Even in Untagged Photos

A new algorithm designed at the University of Toronto has the power to profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr. This month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue a patent on this technology.   Developed by Parham Aarabi, a professor [...]

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There is a needle in the haystack, Ground Control.

There is a needle in the haystack, Ground Control.

All of us are engaged daily in the process of looking for information on the Internet, or “searching”. Sometimes, we search for clarification, facts, confirmation, projects, solutions, while other times our searches help us broaden our views, come to terms with a concept, make a plan, find a definition, or cross check a fact. Watch yourself [...]

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Facebook for Molecules

Social media has expanded to reach an unlikely new target: molecules. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created networks of molecular data similar to Facebook’s recently debuted graph search feature. While graph search would allow Facebook users to find all their New York-living, beer-drinking buddies in one quick search, the [...]

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Christians Tweet More Happily, Less Analytically Than Atheists

Christians Tweet More Happily, Less Analytically Than Atheists

A computer analysis of nearly 2 million text messages (tweets) on the online social network Twitter found that Christians use more positive words, fewer negative words and engage in less analytical thinking than atheists. Christians also were more likely than atheists to tweet about their social relationships, the researchers found.   The findings are reported [...]

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Is there a new kid in town?

Is there a new kid in town?

In today’s international learning landscape the role of e-Learning/on-line learning is providing more and more opportunities for International Schools to leverage a greater capacity to provide a differentiated venue for learning to support their respective learning communities. The growth of this learning medium in education and industry is significant, the number reflect this “5.6 million [...]

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Why People Quit and Come Back to Facebook

Why People Quit and Come Back to Facebook

With more than a billion active accounts worldwide, it can be easy to forget that some people don’t use Facebook.   A study by Cornell University researchers to be presented this week in Paris suggests that “non-use” of the social networking site is fairly common — a third of Facebook users take breaks from the [...]

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False Beliefs Persist, Even After Instant Online Corrections

False Beliefs Persist, Even After Instant Online Corrections

It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet. But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling inaccurate beliefs, particularly among people who already want to believe the falsehood. “Real-time corrections do have some [...]

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Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

This flu season you’ve probably seen a number of friends on social media talking about symptoms. New research from Brigham Young University says such posts on Twitter could actually be helpful to health officials looking for a head start on outbreaks. The study sampled 24 million tweets from 10 million unique users. They determined that [...]

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Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Nearly every major news organization has a Twitter account these days, but just how effective is the microblogging website at spreading news? That’s the question University of Arizona professor Sudha Ram set out to answer in a recent study of a dozen major news organizations that use the social media website as one tool for [...]

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