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Posted:
Oct 9, 2015

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Researchers Are Getting Closer to 3D Printing Brains

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and researchers are getting closer to replicating and understanding its structure using handheld 3D printers.  Studies of the brain are often limited to two dimensional, in vitro culturing methods that fall short of capturing its function...

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This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere

A new way of analyzing disagreement on social media reveals that arguments in the Twittersphere look like fireworks. Many a controversy has raged on social media platforms such as Twitter. Some last for weeks or months, others blow themselves in an afternoon. And yet most go unnoticed by most...

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Cambridge company launches 'Tinder' for cancer trials

As an employee with genetics company Life Technologies, Martin Naley would receive calls from friends and acquaintances looking for guidance on their cancer.  While he was able to connect them to clinical trials with experimental treatments, or help them understand the genetics of their cancer, he...

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Using Twitter to Tackle Cardiovascular Disease

When you think of Twitter, a zillion things probably come to mind — breaking news, personal rants, life observations — but health research probably isn’t one of them. However, the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab is changing that, one tweet at a time… or rather, millions of tweets at a...

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Oct 10, 2014

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Maggie

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Can Big Data Tell Us What Clinical Trials Don't?

When a helicopter rushed a 13-year-old girl showing symptoms suggestive of kidney failure to Stanford’s Packard Children’s Hospital, Jennifer Frankovich was the rheumatologist on call. She and a team of other doctors quickly diagnosed lupus, an autoimmune disease. But as they hurried to treat the...

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Sep 16, 2014

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Maggie

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The OKCupid data blog is back, in book form

n 2010 Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, started a blog to accompany his massively popular dating site. Called OKTrends, it was an under-the-hood look at the vast amounts of self-reported data he and his colleagues had access to as the administrators of a site where millions of...

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Aug 20, 2014

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Maggie

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What an Introvert Sounds Like

Do our Facebook posts reflect our true personalities? Incrementally, probably not. But in aggregate, the things we say on social media paint a fairly accurate portrait of our inner selves. A team of University of Pennsylvania scientists is using Facebook status updates to find commonalities in the...

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Aug 13, 2014

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Hospital blasted over plans to give patients iPads

A NHS trust has been criticised for a plan to install iPads into operating theatres, allowing patients to watch movies, play chess or check their emails while being operated on.The pilot scheme, which could be rolled out across 46 operating theatres in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust,...

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Aug 1, 2014

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Big Data Is Overrated

Today, we live in a world of data. Twenty years ago, we didn’t. Just as computing power has exponentially increased over the last 50 years, doubling every two years or so, the amount of computational data has been doubling at a similar rate. Ninety percent of all the data in human history was...

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