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The Human Face of Big Data | The Smallest Heartbeat

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Twenty percent of all premature babies contract serious infections while in the hospital. By harnessing millions of heartbeat measurements from the ICU each day, Dr. Carolyn McGregor found she could detect a baby’s infection at least one day before it became symptomatic, giving physicians a potential 24-hour jump on treating and beating the bacteria. McGregor’s team, called Project Artemis, is still in the process of publishing and confirming the findings, but they hope that ICUs around the world will soon begin using their data as an early-warning system, enabling babies to begin receiving lifesaving treatments before it’s too late.

Trade Routes | Humanity From Space

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The international trading network connects us to everything our modern society consumes. With origins in China's Silk Roads, international trade has been a driving factor in connecting civilizations.

What Is Personal Information?

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Personal information identifies who we are, where we live, and how family, friends and others can find us to talk to us or come over and visit us. Personal information can help us communicate with others, but we have to be careful with that information when on the computer.

Your Brain on Tetris | BrainCraft

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Tetris taps into our psychology in a complex way. Find out how in this week's episode.

Titans of Idaho Industry | Idaho Experience

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In 1949, Joe Albertson decided to break away from Safeway and start his own grocery store. It became one of the nations largest chain stores.  J.R. Simplot left home at age 14, and dropped out of school. After a string of calculated risks, Simplot managed to build a multi-billion dollar company. Idaho Experience "Titans" looks at the lives of Joe Albertson, and J.R. Simplot to see ways they helped change the state of Idaho. 

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | The Decline of Railroads and Streetcars

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Discover how the building and use of railroads declined due to the popularity of automobiles and trucks. One effect was the development of regional and short line railroads that served smaller communities. Several larger cities used local electric streetcars until the automobiles took over.

The Human Face of Big Data | Monitoring Health

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We are living in the age of information. Everything related to our health is now data: how we feel, how we react to a drug, and even what our genetic code is. Individually, collecting this data from cheap and accessible sensors helps us to process and learn about our lifestyles and our health. Collectively, we can start to understand how a culture as a whole can change habits and behaviors, much like looking down on lives from thousands of feet above.

The Experience of Being Trolled | PBS Idea Channel

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In a very special episode, Mike rethinks his approach to hosting. Most of you have heard the phrase "Don't Feed the Trolls," but do trolls actually serve a purpose? Found in every place people converse online, their combative rhetoric can be annoying, even harmful. Can a valid argument be made for the value of trolls? 

What Does Too Many Cooks Say About the Meaning of Life? | PBS Idea Channel

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Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks is awesome, bizarre, and like so many other things on the internet, absurd. The video is perfectly suited for internet obsession, because the internet loves meaningless and irrational content. So, how does this meaningless video connect to Sisyphus, Albert Camus, and Alex from Target? 

Tell an Adult

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Sometimes we see something on the Internet that makes us feel uncomfortable. This can happen when we are playing a game on the Internet or perhaps even talking to someone on the phone. When this happens we need to tell an adult we trust. An adult we can trust may be a grandparent, teacher, mom, dad or police officer.

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