Berkeley, California - The normally bland face of Uranus has become increasingly stormy, with enormous cloud systems so bright that for the first time ever, amateur astronomers are able to see details in the planet’s hazy blue-green atmosphere.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Devavrat Shah’s group at MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, the group demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on Twitter up to five hours in advance; this year, they used the same framework to predict fluctuations in the prices of the online currency known as Bitcoin.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Michael Lewis’ 2003 book “Moneyball” - and the 2011 film adaptation - detailed how the Oakland Athletics used analytics, primarily derived from players’ on-base percentages, to assemble a competitive team despite financial constraints.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds of radiation: The Earth absorbs incoming visible light from the sun, called “shortwave radiation,” and emits infrared light, or “longwave radiation,” into space.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock will always trace back to the atomic clock.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Every day we make simple decisions - what to eat, what to wear - that may be influenced by the views of people around us.