Hungry? Technology might tell you what to eat.

by Anicia Peters Brian was on vacation with his family driving through Minnesota. As they approached Woodbury, Minnesota, they decided to stop by the nearest fast food restaurant, a Wendy’s, to pick up a light “snack.” Brian was a technologist so when he walked up to the counter he immediately noticed that the menus consisted…

Ozone as a Safer and Greener Alternative to Pesticides

by Nahed Msayleb The use of pesticides to control plant diseases that live in the soil affects beneficial microorganisms that are necessary for nutrients to circulate and hence limits soil fertility. Accordingly, the need for more eco-friendly ways to control plant diseases is growing. A potential alternative to the synthetic pesticides that deplete soil biodiversity and…

A view from Space: using satellites to manage water

by Mcebisi Mkhwanazi For decades, satellite imagery has been used for environmental monitoring, with water management being one of the areas of application. For example, many are familiar with the Landsat images showing Lake Chad in Africa shrinking over the years. Now satellites are used for more than just providing visual images. This paper discusses…

What can data science tell us about influenza?

by Gabriela Cybis For most people, catching the flu is a common minor inconvenience: they get a bad headache, maybe a fever, sore throat, cough, sometimes they will miss a day or two of work and be miserable at home for a while. But after a few days it is back to business as usual.  Most…