Big data unites the study of stars with cancer research

Source: BBC

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The study of the stars and the fight against cancer may seem to have little in common but the two have been brought together by the algorithms that read big data.

Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data – 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the past two years alone.

This amount of data has in turn driven a revolution in ever smarter computers that can make sense of all that information.

Medicine is just one area benefiting from this closer relationship between information and machines.

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