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How 'big data' could help stop the spread of Ebola

When it comes to containing an outbreak like Ebola, anticipating where it might spread next is crucial. Until somewhat recently, however, the only way to do that was through untimely census records. But with the proliferation of so-called "big data," epidemiologists can track in real time where West Africans are headed — and where they might be spreading the disease.

Global Scan

These days, anybody can be a politician

Rob Ford remains steadfast in his refusal to give up his job as mayor of Toronto — and perhaps that's providing motivation to some of Canada's other drug users. Edward Snowden's revelations have sparked hearings before the British Parliament and Twitter had finally gone public. Those stories and others in today's Global Scan.