Featuring stories on managing a deluge of digital data, mass incarceration in the U.S., and the new Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.
Social media sites store hundreds of billions of photos, while super-retailers are clocking in millions of sales per hour. Deep space telescopes and powerful particle accelerators produce vast quantities of information that can transform the state of science—as long as that data can be stored.
Over the past 40 years, the U.S. has come to account for a disproportionate amount of the international prison population: Though Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s people, they account for almost 25 percent of the incarcerated.
Most people think of climate change as a scientific issue, measured in degrees and addressed by strategies like alternative energy sources. Now the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities (PPEH) is creating a fresh and unique forum for academic work on environmental issues.