For Data Cleanliness

Big data offers opportunities to uncover hidden or subtle connections, but it also takes some 'data wrangling,' the New York Times reports.

"It's an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up," Jeffrey Heer, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington and a co-founder of the startup Trifacta, says.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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