Algorithm Improves Airline Arrival Predictions, Erodes Favourite Work Excuse

When you're flying anywhere you can pretty much turn the whole day into a black hole. The airport/in-flight Wi-Fi wasn't working. We sat at the gate for an hour. We were in a holding pattern. It's great. But sometimes, sometimes you actually want to get where you're going. Read More >>

The Secret Algorithm That Controls Everything About Orange Juice

If you ever wondered how orange juice can always taste so damn perfect every time you have it, it's because of an algorithm. Coca Cola, which makes Simply Orange and Minute Maid, has an algorithm called the "Black Book" which allows it to standardize Mother Nature. It's crazy. Read More >>

The Computer That Can Learn a Board Game in Two Minutes and Beat You

If you think you're good at board games, you just met your match. Because a computer scientist has developed machine learning software that can watch your playing for just two minutes—then comprehensively thrash you. Read More >>

How Chemistry Is Predicting the Flavour Pairings of the Future

Some tastes just go together beautifully: lamb and rosemary; tomato and basil; cheddar and digestive biscuits. But despite a new wave of molecular gastronomy, human imagination can only go so far—which is why scientists are developing computational chemistry techniques to predict the flavor combinations of the future. Read More >>

Spam Rank: The Google-Backed Research Fighting Fake Reviews

Fake online reviews are a pain in the ass: they make interent shopping harder than it already is. But thankfully there are people out there who are developing ways of spotting and blocking rogue five-star reviews, and a new algorithm backed by Google seems to be the most effective yet. Read More >>

How Google's Algorithms Are Solving Chemistry's Trickiest Calculations

Google knows a thing or two about complex calculations performed across very big data sets. Which is why chemists are borrowing ideas from the search company to help them predict how substances react with each other. Read More >>

Google Thinks This Is the Funniest Video on YouTube

You may have wondered in the past what the funniest video to appear on YouTube is. I bet, whatever criteria you used, you wouldn't choose this one. Which is odd, because according to Google's comedy algorithm, it should have us all in stitches. Read More >>


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