How good can computers get at predicting events?

KIRA RADINSKY INVENTOR In 2012, when Cuba suffered its first outbreak of cholera in 130 years, the government and medical experts there were shocked. But software created by Kira Radinsky had predicted it months earlier. Radinsky’s software had essentially read 150 years of news reports and huge amounts of data from sources such as Wikipedia,…

The Quasicrystal Laureate

Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman discusses the potential uses for quasicrystals Dan Shechtman, the Philip Tobias professor of materials engineering at the Haifa Technion Israel Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry last week for his discovery of quasicrystals—a form of matter with an atomic structure that was previously thought impossible. In 1982, Shechtman…