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Scientists have proven, more than once, that Twitter can predict the spread of a disease like the flu. But recent research shows that tweets — especially angry ones — can measure other public health risks, too: by getting a read on a community's psychological...

source: Smithsonian

In many cities, parking lots — both residential and commercial — are the definition of underutilized space. As one database I've covered details, even the war-on-cars Bay Area is home to acres of asphalt with everyday vacancies. Of the 68 condo and apartment...

source: Next City

Recent and ongoing research has found that immersive virtual reality scenarios — digital media that enables people to virtually experience something that feels more or less real — could actually encourage "pro-social" behaviors. Virtual reality has been shown...

source: Fast Company

At a time when proposals for new museums in the United States are often accused of "edifice complex," the soon-to-be-opened Smallest Museum in St. Paul is deliberately understated and decidedly tiny. "It is a vintage fire hose cabinet," says Shannon Forney. "It is about...

source: Minnesota Public Radio

The Smithsonian Institution has the world's largest collection of historic artifacts. Large paintings. Ceramic vases. Fossilized plants. Animal remains. Photos. The museum set out to digitize its archives so the material could...

source: The Washington Post

The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba announced Wednesday that a major exchange of works from their collections would take place this year and next in the most sweeping collaboration between the two countries' museums in more than 50...

source: The New York Times

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