New role for Twitter: Early warning system for bad drug interactions
A team of scientists has invented a new technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions and unknown side-effects—before they show up in medical databases, like PubMed, or even before doctors ...
Researcher uncovers inherent biases of big data collected from social media sites
With every click, Facebook, Twitter and other social media users leave behind digital traces of themselves, information that can be used by businesses, government agencies and other groups that rely on "big ...
Rumor-detection software IDs disputed claims on Twitter
A week after the Boston marathon bombing, hackers sent a bogus tweet from the official Twitter handle of the Associated Press. It read: "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."
Smartphones, Twitter help gauge crowd size
Data from smartphones and Twitter can accurately show the size of a crowd, helping first responders in an emergency, a study on Wednesday said.
Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones
Twitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices on Tuesday as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform.
Protest activity can be predicted by social media, study finds
High levels of social media activity can be used to forecast increases in protest participation – but successful prediction may depend on location, a study has found.
Security expert said he accessed plane controls mid-flight (Update)
A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was ...
Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space
The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista.
NASA spacecraft crashes on Mercury after 11-year mission
An unmanned NASA spacecraft has crashed on the surface of the planet Mercury, after it ran out of fuel following a successful 11-year mission, the US space agency said Thursday.
Twitter, YouTube, Instagram work on stealth advertising
The quandary for those who run social media networks is how to make money on them without antagonising and thus losing users through distracting ads.
Using Twitter to probe political polarization
We'd like to believe that our opinions are nuanced, balanced, high-minded, wise and above all, unique, but alas they are not—or so says Twitter. Most often, those we engage with on the popular social media ...
When fake news goes viral, blame the media, says study
It's true. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds
A researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology has used Twitter as a lens to look into the lives of nearly 1,000 people who used the site to announce their wedding engagement. By comparing tweets before ...
Algorithm tests your Twitter skills and predicts virality of tweets
As countless political orators have demonstrated, it's not just what you say, it's how you say it. Using automated text analysis, Cornell University researchers have identified an array of features that can ...