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Is it possible to scientifically predict the future? Scientists and pseudoscientists have been pursuing this mystery for hundreds of years. But a different research is trying to reveal that patterns in human behavior, previously thought to be purely random, follow predictable laws. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi describes his work on this mystery in 'Bursts', a investigation into human behavior. His approach relies on the way peoples lives have become digital. Mobile phones, the Internet, and e-mail have made human activities more accessible to quantitative analysis, turning the society into a huge research laboratory. All those electronic trails of time-stamped texts, voice mails, and searches add up to a previously unavailable massive data set that tracks movements, decisions, lives. Analysis of these trails is offering insights into the rhythm of how people do everything.