Scientists and public health officials are increasingly using digital surveillance tools to monitor diseases and plan how to react to outbreaks. The new technology has shortened by half the amount of time it takes for public health officials to determine that an outbreak has occurred.
Austin, Texas, this week became second U.S. community to be chosen to receive Google Fiber. In Austin, people are excited about the potential for innovation and to bridge the digital access divide. But an academic in Kansas City, where Google Fiber started, says their experience has been different.
In the world of video streaming, Netflix is king. But as Amazon and Hulu amp up to be more competitive, TV critic Willa Paskin says, Netflix and its original programming are changing how people watch television and shaping what television becomes in the future.
The financial investment and hours of planning that go into a wedding might prevent some from canceling their special day. But a new online business hopes to lessen the financial burden by buying canceled weddings and re-selling them to the last-minute or thrift-minded bride and groom.
The video of a Florida fundraiser that some say changed the course of the last U.S. presidential election has attracted attention once again after the videographer finally stepped forward. The renewed interest comes on the heels of Mitt Romney 's first public speech since the election, last week.
A group of panelists at this year's South by Southwest interactive media conference in Austin, Texas, presented an idea to improve the U.S. prison system with smart phone technology. One of the attendees says the idea could reduce the levels of recidivism among low-level criminals.
Traveling from the U.S. west coast to West Africa, a Portland-based musicologist set out to record traditional guitar music. But once he arrived, he discovered a specific cell phone technology had become a major component of the Saharan music culture.
Climate scientists and citizens across the world are working together to track climate changes by reporting the skating conditions in backyard rinks. Scientists are hoping the project will increase awareness of climate change through participants' reports.
A popular twitter hashtag is giving scientists a way to vent frustrations and share their humorous laboratory findings with the world. But some scientists are concerned the tweets could give critics a reason to discredit their research.
Among the most popular videos on YouTube in 2012 there was music, an angry dad and even a guy jumping out of a space capsule. But among the hits, was an 11-minute, animated depiction of what it was like for the Mars Curiosity rover to land on Mars.