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Ant social network is spatially organized in ant nest network

This post is the third in “the ant network” trilogy; the first in the series discussed how the architectural topology of an ant nest can influence the collective behavior of ants, and the second post showed how having few talkative ants can … Continue reading

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How Herding in Iowa and in the Democratic Primary Has Shaped the Presidential Race

The 2016 Presidential Election is receiving more news and social media coverage than any in our nation’s history, which is resulting in an abundance of questions from first-time voters about the logistics of a caucus and the role of superdelegates … Continue reading

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Retrospective Answers in Pandemic Diseases

The spread of diseases has, without a doubt, been an extremely lethal yet frustratingly unpreventable phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. The black plague, small pox, and most recently, Zika and Ebola outbreaks have decimated populations around the globe, eventually … Continue reading

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New Network Analysis in Zika Outbreak Discussion

With the 2016 Rio Olympics only a few months away there has been much discussion about the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil and it’s impact on the spread across the country. This has lead to a discussion and … Continue reading

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Antigenic mapping and predicting the coming flu

With Zika virus still making headlines, pressure is mounting for scientists to develop a working vaccine for this arthropod-borne disease. Outside of high interest pandemics such as these, the world of vaccine manufacturing and preventative medicine often takes a back … Continue reading

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What do “degrees of separation” really mean?

Facebook released new research in February of this year that each person in the world is connected to every other person by an average of “3 and a half hops.” Facebook used its 1.59 active billion users to find that … Continue reading

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Antisocial Networks

Forget cat videos and sneezing pandas, the latest viral phenomenon is self-deprecating posts, prompting a “that’s so me” reaction. This is most prominently seen on Instagram, with popular accounts such as The Fat Jewish and Girl With No Job. “Everyone is … Continue reading

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FTC: Sponsored Search Results Need To Be Clearer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been reaching out to major search engine companies like Google and Microsoft in an effort to bring attention to the problem of distinguishing sponsored search results (advertising) from natural, organic search results. As someone who … Continue reading

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How Zebra Mussels have Changed the Way we Need to View Networks

This is a zebra mussel.  While diminutive in size, it is a predatory, invasive species that severely affects the ecology of any locale it is distributed to. And it’s also changed the way we need to think about networks. Recently, a team … Continue reading

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Power grid upgrades may cause blackouts, warns Braess’s paradox

This article summarizes a recently-published article in the New Journal of Physics, which focuses on Braess’s paradox as it pertains to power grids in cities. As we learned in class, Braess’s paradox can be summed up as the idea that … Continue reading

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