Study shows that despite trauma, journalists in Iraq dedicated to profession

During the war in Iraq, journalists from around the world flocked to the country, covering violent events from the battlefield to the halls of political power. But they eventually got to go home. Thousands of journalists still work in Iraq, and though the war is officially over, they still cover violent events regularly and are often targets of violence themselves. Two University of Kansas researchers have conducted a study to see how that regular exposure to violence affects journalists in Iraq and found that fear and resilience are part of their daily lives. —> Read More

We May Soon Have A Lifelong, One-Shot Flu Vaccine — And Halt The Next Pandemic Before It Starts

The battle with flu is a seasonal struggle, and one we don’t always win.

The effectiveness of flu vaccines vary tremendously from year to year, and the reason is simple. There are three major types of the influenza virus (A, B and C) that, depending on the sprinkling of proteins decorating their surface, can be further subdivided into many different strains and lineages.

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Final Post: Wrapping up, and Presenting Pathways


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On September 7th, 2014, I boarded a plane from New York City to London to officially begin my stint as a National Geographic Fulbright Digital Storytelling Fellow. Today, close to a year later, I’ve finally launched the output of this year of work, research, and investigation. That result is Pathways, a website that presents an exploration of a month’s worth of mobile data from four different groups of Londoners.

I came to London interested in what our data can tell us about our lives, as experienced online and offline. I was profoundly aware of the vast amounts of data we generate daily, and even more mindful of how easily that data can be ignored. This dichotomy fueled my desire to investigate people’s relationships with their mobile data. I wanted to know what stories data collected from phones could (and could not) tell about the owners of those mobile phones.

Even as I write these words, there are countless examples that point to the increasingly important role that data is playing in our lives today. From incidents like the recent Ashley Madison hacks to discoveries that our governments regularly monitor citizens, it’s clear that our data has the potential to speak louder than we may be willing to accept. We no longer have a choice about whether or not we want to investigate what our data says about us— if we aren’t the ones to willingly do that work, the evidence shows that there are others with far less altruistic intentions who will. In this sense, Pathways is centrally positioned in this shifting world that we find ourselves in, where the laws and mores of what our data means and how it should —> Read More

Hubble Zeroes in on Messier 96

This newly-released image from the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a Milky Way-like galaxy Messier 96. Messier 96, also known as NGC 3368, LEDA 32192 or M96, is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo, about 34 million light-years from Earth. The galaxy was first discovered by [...] —> Read More

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