15
Sep
2014

For all of its technological advances, science remains distinctly old-fashioned in how it assigns credit. For centuries, the order of authors on a publication has conferred some degree of precedence -- though the structure varies from field to field -- and the importance of a paper is still typically measured by the number of times it is cited by others.

09
Sep
2014

UPDATE: Array of Things has been nominated for the Cooper Hewitt People's Design Award! Vote here until October 6th.



Many people now wear wristbands or other devices to track their activity, giving them access to rich data about their daily routine that can help guide them towards healthier decisions and behaviors. The ambitious Array of Things project, led by the Urban Center for Computation and Data, seeks to create a similar bounty of data to better understand the environment, infrastructure, and activity of cities, creating a new public instrument for research, education, and applications that improve the lives of city residents.

08
Sep
2014

England and the United States have been described as “two countries separated by a common language.” The same observation could be made about science, though in the case of scientific disciplines, the number of countries ranges into the hundreds or thousands. Though English is the primary language used for the communication of scientific and scholarly research, fields have developed highly specific jargon that, in some cases, isolates their work from use by other fields or the general public.