Networks in the News

Unplugging from the Social Network

On the benefits of: I was completely unplugged for the first time in months, and it felt really, really good… (read the full article on thrillist.com)   and the complete pointlessness of it: … the unplugging movement is the latest incarnation of an ageless effort to escape the everyday, to retreat from... read more »

 

Game Changer: The Topology of Creativity

Game Changer: The Topology of Creativity Mathijs de Vaan and David Stark, Columbia University Balazs Vedres, Central European University This article examines the sociological factors that explain why some creative teams are able to produce game changers—cultural products that stand out as distinctive while also being... read more »

 

Of Growth and Globalisation

Latin America wants to rejoin the world. Will the world reciprocate? Some countries in Latin America, especially those on the Pacific seaboard, like Mexico, Chile and Peru, never turned their backs on globalization. Others did. Boosted by record prices for their commodity exports, they turned inward and subjected their... read more »

 

Do your friends actually like you?

Do your friends actually like you? Recent research indicates that only about half of perceived friendships are mutual. Details here  read more »

 

Cutting costs: Sustainability matters even in complex networks

A team of researchers at Northeastern University, led by famous networks researcher and physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, explored how the concept of sustainability can be implemented in network analysis. The researchers approached this idea by defining the concept of control energy or “the amount of effort needed to... read more »

 

Indian Monsoon: Novel approach allows early forecasting

Indian Monsoon: Novel approach allows early forecasting

Scientists from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research used network analysis to predict Indian monsoon timing more accurately and significantly earlier. The new predictions will help farmers in the region decide when to plant their crops. As co-author Jürgen Kurths explains, “On Facebook or Twitter, you can... read more »

 

Mathematicians Mapped Out Every “Game of Thrones” Relationship to Find the Main Character

Mathematicians Mapped Out Every “Game of Thrones” Relationship to Find the Main Character

It’s the network study you’ve all been waiting for! Who is the most popular Game of Thrones character? Prof. Beveridge of Macalester College and one of his undergraduate students have calculated a number of network statistics based on the proximity of names mentioned in George R. R. Martin’s famous novels.... read more »

 

“Tracking the Social Networks of Genes Disrupted in Complex Diseases”

“Tracking the Social Networks of Genes Disrupted in Complex Diseases”

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics reports on a recent study by a team of scientists from DCB, UNIL, SIB, CHUV, MIT and Harvard. The team tracked the social networks of genes disrupted in complex diseases. Taking inspiration from social networks, the researchers applied techniques similar to those used in SNA to gain... read more »

 

“How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?”

“How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?”

This TED talk from Nicholas Christakis explores how social networks can be applied to understand many aspects of people’s lives. To illustrate this point, Christakis shows that close network ties with people who are obese increases someone obesity risk by 45%. The effect scales up to 3 degrees of separation.... read more »

 

“Twitter can predict hurricane damage as well as emergency agencies”

“Twitter can predict hurricane damage as well as emergency agencies”

John Bohannon of Science News reports on a recent study by Yury Kryvasheyeun, a research at Australia’s National Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence in Melbourne.Kryvasheyeun’s team demonstrated that twitter data collected during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 can be a better predictor... read more »