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Hubble Shoots the Moon

NASA Image of the Day - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:37
This image from 1991 shows Earth's Moon, with its dark basaltic mare, clearly visible in great detail.
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Civil Rights Groups Say If Facebook Won't Act On Election Misinformation, They Will

Facebook critics are banding together to monitor misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression on the social network because, they argue, it has fallen short.

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Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Becomes 1st Woman To Lie In State

In a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg won equality "not in one swift victory, but brick by brick, case by case."

(Image credit: Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR)

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The Business of the Internet Is Stuck in Trump's Swamp

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:00
Plus: Silicon Valley’s reaction to Snowden, journalists’ relationships with their subjects, and an unpleasant surprise for hikers.
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Twitter’s Sexual Fascination With a Not-Sexual Octopus Movie

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:00
This week, Netflix's My Octopus Teacher got a reputation for being a very different movie than it is. Here's why.
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Sony A8H 4K OLED Review: A Love Letter to the Home Theater

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:00
The company's latest TV is a love letter to the home theater, a display defined by its otherworldly vibrance.
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The Messy Feud Over Who Controls TikTok

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 08:00
This week, we discuss how the fight over the app might shape US tech policy and US-China relations for years to come.
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How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:00
Remote learning doesn't have to mean distracted, disconnected students. Here's what you can do to build calm and trust.
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Why Is It So Hard to Study Covid-Related Smell Loss?

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:00
Patients have long reported the sudden inability to smell. But restrictions on in-person exams are complicating efforts to figure out what's going on.
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For Inmates With COVID-19, Anxiety and Isolation Make Prison 'Like A Torture Chamber'

NPR's Noel King checks in with John J. Lennon, an inmate at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, about the impact COVID-19 has had on prison life six months into the pandemic.

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Thousands Of Airline Workers Facing Unemployment As Aid Package Stalls In Congress

The clock is ticking for tens of thousands of pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other airline employees who will likely lose their jobs if Congress doesn't extend airline aid by Oct. 1.

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'Light Years Ahead' Of Their Elders, Young Republicans Push GOP On Climate Change

Climate change is major election issue for Democrats, but not Republicans. Yet polls show many young conservatives are concerned about climate impacts, and some are lobbying for solutions.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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A Candidate, Not A Prosecutor: Harris' Role In Upcoming Supreme Court Hearings

Kamala Harris made her national reputation as a sharp, partisan questioner in Senate hearings. As a vice presidential nominee, that may not be her approach in the next Supreme Court confirmation.

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Florida Republicans Take Aim At Efforts To Pay Felons' Fines So They Can Vote

The state attorney general is calling for an investigation into a $16 million contribution raised by billionaire Mike Bloomberg for a group working to get felons to the polls.

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Heart Disease Bankrupted Him Once. Now He Faces Another $10,000 Medical Bill

A cook at a senior center, Matthew Fentress is one of millions of Americans whose skimpy health insurance plans leave them vulnerable to huge out-of-pocket costs when they get sick.

(Image credit: Meg Vogel for KHN)

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Court Orders Census Counting To Continue Through Oct. 31; Appeal Expected

After the Trump administration made last-minute changes that shortened the 2020 census schedule, a federal judge in California has ordered it to extend counting for another month.

(Image credit: Matthew Brown/AP)

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COVID-19 Liability: Tort, Workplace Safety, and Securities Law

CRS report via LC – COVID-19 Liability: Tort, Workplace Safety, and Securities Law, September 24, 2020: “Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding, a number of plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits seeking compensation for COVID-19-related injuries. Some stakeholders have expressed concern that the risk of COVID-19-related lawsuits threatens a range of businesses and other entities with substantial financial losses. Those stakeholders claim that this risk may discourage these entities from reopening and adversely affect the economy as the nation attempts to emerge from the pandemic. Some observers are therefore urging Congress to pass legislation insulating businesses, schools, and other organizations from COVID-19-related liability. Others, however, claim that the risk of potential liability arising from COVID-19 is actually minimal, and that enacting a COVID-19 liability shield would remove entities’ legal incentives to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Pac-12 Reversal: Football To Start In November

The conference will play a seven-game season with the championship slated for December. The Big Ten made a similar decision earlier this month. Both say players will receive daily Covid-19 tests.

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This website lets you look for patterns in COVID-19 data

Fast Company – “Ask COVID19questions.org a question about the disease—how many patients in the ICU were put on a ventilator?—and it will look through 12 hospital systems’ records and find an answer. Months into the pandemic, there are still so many unknowns about COVID-19. Does age or ethnicity affect how likely a COVID patient is to be admitted to the ICU? Are patients who don’t enter the ICU more likely to end up back in the hospital later? And do comorbidities—other health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, that may worsen someone’s COVID-19 case—have any affect on how long a coronavirus patient is hospitalized for? A new website called COVID19questions.org hopes to answer these questions, and more, based on real patient medical record data from more than 200 hospitals. The site was created by a research consortium of 12 hospital systems, including UC San Diego Health and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, called Reliable Response Data Discovery, and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation…”

Categories: Law and Legal

A is for Automation: A book to prepare your children for the future of work

Quartz – Here’s how it works, kid: “When you’re young, you just play, / But things will start changing, / You’ll start working one day / Sure, the future is murky, / The job market’s unclear, / But if you can stay nimble, / You have nothing to fear / Let’s review the future of work, / From letters A to Z, / It won’t be so frightening, / Just you see…. “[the article includes an audio version of the “A for Automation” read by Anne Quito]

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