The IRS has relied on technology for decades, as this 1965 photo taken in its Philadelphia office shows.
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The agency hopes to make paying taxes less onerous for the majority of Americans who follow the rules.
Data replication is an integral part of the scientific process, which proper research data management can improve.
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The phrase ‘research data management’ might make your eyes glaze over, but it’s actually this behind-the-scenes work that allows for large-scale scientific discoveries and collaborations.
Platforms like Zoom have been helpful in bridging geographical distances. However, a recent proposal to mine data raises questions about ownership of Indigenous Knowledge.
In-person collaboration between Indigenous communities has been aided by information technologies like Zoom. However, recent attempts to mine personal data raise concerns about data ownership.
Starling murmurations form as daylight fades over their roosting sites.
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Research into swarming in nature is transforming healthcare, gambling and the military.
Kurt Eichenwald, left, The Conversation’s investigative editor, and Georgia State professor David Maimon working.
Why The Conversation U.S. started an investigative unit.
Personal data can be used to create an AI that can mimic a user’s behaviour.
User-generated data can be used to build AI clones who can sound and behave like the source individual.
The Western shores of Ghana are struggling with a seaweed influx.
The seaweed invasion of parts of the Ghanaian shoreline is affecting coastal inhabitants.
Indonesia must reduce data center energy use and promote digital responsibility to lessen environmental impact.
A professor of statistics has used game data from Tim Hortons Roll up to Win to figure out the best time to play.
Statistics have many real-world applications — including what’s the best time to play Tim Hortons’ Roll up to Win contest. A stats prof explains how he found the precise time with the best odds.
Companies are now pairing data centres with greenhouses to reuse the heat emitted by computing hardware.
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While recuperating heat from data centres to ease greenhouse energy demands is better than letting it go to waste, we must not overlook the complex implications of these two newly merging industries.
Over 8,000 satellites are orbiting Earth today, capturing images like this, of the Louisiana coast.
NASA Earth Observatory
Time-lapse animations that once took days to create are now easy to build with publicly available satellite images and free online tools.
Satellite data isn’t collected and treated the same way location data are.
Cellphones are constantly collecting location data from global satellites, but there is uncertainty about who is using these data, and for what purposes.
Our vehicles hold a remarkable amount of information, which can be used by digital forensic investigators in the detection of crime.
Computers are growing more powerful and more capable, but everything has limits.
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In the age of AI, people might wonder if there’s anything computers can’t do. The answer is yes. In fact, there are numerous problems that are beyond the reach of even the most powerful computers.
Niassa Special Reserve in Northern Mozambique’s is just one of the continent’s under-mapped biodiversity areas.
Harith Omar Morgadinho Farooq
Huge swathes of Africa remain unstudied and their species undocumented.
Ukraine has a mixed human rights record over the past several decades, new data shows.
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New data from 2000 through 2019 shows that Ukraine’s human rights record is better than Russia’s – but worse than that of its Western European neighbors.
US health data pioneer Ernest Codman at work on his national registry of patient outcomes, 1925.
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To understand the potential for machine learning to transform medicine, we must go back to the controversial origins of data use in healthcare
Humans are expert pattern-finders. But artificial intelligence tools are better at trawling through vast data sets to find anything from waste dumps to heat-tolerant corals.
Is there a limit to human life expectancy?
The oldest person in the world, Kane Tanaka of Japan, died in April 2022 at 119 years. The record of Jeanne Calment of France, who died at 122, has stood for almost 25 years. Will it be beaten?
Studying the impacts of climate and landscape stressors on freshwater biodiversity can only help find more strategic solutions when conducted in the messy, yet realistic, outdoor environment.
Governments, industrial and development companies and scientists need to take a leading role in finding strategic solutions to the cumulative threats impacting our freshwater ecosystems.