Hilary Mason

Feb. 14, 2014

Solving Life’s Everyday Problems, With Data

Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.

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Jan. 28, 2011

Privacy At Stake As Sites Track Online Preferences

Bit.ly's Hilary Mason talks about services sites hope to provide by collecting online browsing data.Bit.ly's Hilary Mason talks about services sites hope to provide by collecting online browsing data.

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The Myth of the Woolly Bear

\tLegend holds that the length of a woolly bear caterpillar’s color bands can be used to forecast how severe the winter weather will be. The myth dates back to colonial American folklore but was popularized by a 1948 study. SciFri finds out if there’s any truth to the lore, and what the caterpillar’s fuzzy bristles are really used for.

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