The most mysterious objects in the universe can shed light on important phenomena here on Earth. With this in mind, one Princeton professor has set out to quantify the behavior of black holes at a level of detail never before achieved.
Do you know whether your neighbors are voting in an election? Are they Democrats or Republicans? As districts are drawn and redrawn--either to make them more or less partisan, depending on who you ask--it used to be impossible to definitively track whether election patterns changed accordingly.
The amount of data encompassed by the global climate in its entirety, from its winds and temperature conditions to shifting formations of cloud, is almost unimaginably complex. Layer in the ever-evolving small- and large-scale interactions involved, and the thought of creating a model of the entire Earth system seems beyond possibility.