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

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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.

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NOVA Next editor Tim De Chant reports on the increasing use of user-generated web content to forecast collective human behavior.

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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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