big data

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As cities scramble to house a rapidly growing population, urban planners will need to harness big data and new technologies to design for the future.

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Management consultants are busy using big data to drum up business but issues are begining to arise that concern access, privacy, analysis and interpretation.

Anxiety

The reclassification of anxiety treatment Xanax as a drug of addiction has resulted in a reduction in its misuse, a UNSW-led study has found.

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As we approach the edge of the fiscal cliff, we need to get smarter about how we tackle ageing and disease. And the way to do that is sitting right there in your pocket, writes Louisa Jorm. 

open data

Transparency and open data may be an important part of the solution to corporate tax avoidance, writes Paul X. McCarthy.

Big Data

Scientists need to ask the right questions to make the most of the Big Data revolution, writes Malte Ebach.

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Can you be defamed by a search engine’s autocomplete algorithm? What happens when indigenous life experiences become data in the name of reconciliation? Could (and should) police use statistics, Minority Report-style, to predict a crime?

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A UNSW research initiative to harness 'big data' to defeat dementia has received financial backing from corporate Australia, raising hopes of further insights into the disease.

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The health advantages for younger people quitting cigarettes are well known. Now a study has found older smokers can reap similar benefits and save the health system billions of dollars.

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Corporations everywhere are hoovering up petabytes of data in a bid to understand and predict consumer preferences. But are they missing the point? asks Peter Swan.

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