27
Apr
2016

Software helps people harness the power of computing for the task of their choice, be it analyzing a genome or streaming a movie. But platforms provide the next level of computational potential, enabling easy access to software for users and a strong foundation for developers to build upon and distribute their work. A good platform example is iOS, the operating system for mobile Apple devices, which through its app store and programming language allows worldwide distribution of software, near instantly, at low cost.

20
Apr
2016

In recent years, city and local governments have increasingly used data to discover innovative new ways to improve their operations and serve their citizens. But the spread of these solutions between and within cities has been limited by obstacles including lack of replicability, resources, and technical expertise.

18
Apr
2016

As climate change drives higher temperatures and more frequent droughts around the world, many predict severe threats to agriculture and food security. But a new study aggregating several climate and crop models suggests that  the primary driver of climate change, rising levels of carbon dioxide, may also prove beneficial to crops, mitigating a portion of the damage.