Category Archives: science

Data Sources for Cool Data Science Projects: Part 1


At The Data Incubator, we run a free six week data science fellowship to help our Fellows land industry jobs. Our hiring partners love considering Fellows who don’t mind getting their hands dirty with data.  That’s why our Fellows work on cool capstone projects that showcase those skills.

Pygmy T-Rex Found in the Arctic


A new Tyrannosaur about half the size of T-Rex has recently been discovered in the arctic. The scientists who discovered the dinosaur named it Nanuqsaurus hoglundi and announced their findings in a new study released on March 12 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Since this little guy lived up in the arctic, the researchers speculated that its small size was likely the result of limited resources. This was still a surprising find given the fact that animals usually get bigger at the north and south pole (polars bears for example).  It’s fascinating to note that this finding shows that Tyrannosaurs were much more adaptable than they were previously believed to be. Also notable is the fact that Nanuqsaurus was found much farther north than most other Tyrannosaur fossils, and challenged scientists’ assumptions about the diversity and distribution of the species across the globe.

According to a National Geographic interview with the paleontologist Tony Fiorillo who discovered the fossils,  the tiny T-Rex likely sported some kind of thicker coat than its larger relatives who lived in warmer southern climates, though this is still only a matter of speculation due to the difficulty of establishing such information from fossils.

Alien Life: A Lake on Mars That Could Have Sustained Life for Thousands of Years


There once was a freshwater lake on Mars that had the ability to sustain life. A report from NASA states that the Curiosity Rover has discovered “Yellowknife Bay” on Mars once had conditions very similar to those on Earth and had the ability to sustain life.

They did not find any evidence of life itself, but this is a huge leap forward in terms of finding evidence that alien life was indeed possible and likely. A previous finding from NASA revealed that Mars was once possibly suited for life, but this new report goes further in stating that life could have been sustained as well.

We will keep you updated when (because it is only a matter of time at this point) they find the first evidence of alien life. Until then, stay tuned!

Creepy Advanced Robots Part 1: Atlas Humanoid Robot

More and more lately, I’ve been feeling like we haven’t learned anything from the hyper intelligent robots of Hollywood. That’s not to say that robotics is bad, just more that some of the robots of today seem a bit too advanced for our own good. Enter the Atlas robot, one of the most advanced humanoid robots around. It can dodge obstacles in its way, correct its balance, and a whole host of other things aimed at making it an effective helper in emergency situations (in case we need someone to run into a volcano or the bottom of the ocean).

Read more over at the Darpa Robotics Challenge website and The Verge.