Synthetic Chromosomes, Loblolly Pines, and Future-Predicting Algorithms: NOVA Next Week in Review

This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

For millennia, predicting the future was beyond belief. Now, in the era of big data, it seems like an inevitability. NOVA Next editor Tim De Chant reports on the increasing use of user-generated web content to forecast collective human behavior.

Ukraine security forces
Ukranian security forces stand ready during protests late last year. It's possible that governments could use predictive tools to stifle protests.

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