Anyone who says that newspapers are dead or dying, or not as good as they used to be, ought to check out the Chicago Tribune's front-page story, "Dangerous doses: Data mining for deadly drug combinations."
To my knowledge, this may be the first significant newspaper/science collaboration of its kind. It spotlights some
dangerous drug combinations that have been overlooked by traditional scientific methods. It also employs some of the latest high-tech methods for analyzing massive amounts of data for secret data hidden in subsets.
For any newspaper struggling to stay relevant as the industry faces ever-tougher challenges, this investigation by the Chicago Tribune needs to be acknowledged and admired. For the time and money put into it, for the foresightedness of its editors for taking on such a risky project and for the publisher's confidence that the public will appreciate and understand the importance of this project.
My admiration and thanks go out to the Tribune for undertaking this ground-breaking effort.
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