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The Best iPad (2020): Which Apple Tablet Should You Buy?

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:00
Choosing an iPad is more complicated than it needs to be, but we're here to help with our complete guide to all of Apple's tablets.
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How a Princess Cruise Became a Coronavirus Catastrophe

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:00
The 2,666 passengers signed up for a two-week vacation. They ended up at the heart of a global epidemic.
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All Ears: Some New Ways To Hear Distortion

Distortion is familiar to most of us — a 'staticky noise,' a 'noisy static.' But in the right hands, its uses can bloom and its rigid contours soften.

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Bluetooth-Related Flaws Threaten Dozens of Medical Devices

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 07:00
Hundreds of smart devices—including pacemakers—are exposed thanks to a series of vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol. 
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Cities Fighting Climate Woes Hasten 'Green Gentrification'

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 07:00
Seawalls, parks, and elevated buildings can protect against rising tides. But they can also push the price of housing up, and longtime residents out.
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Coronavirus Is Contagious, But Kids Seem Less Vulnerable So Far

A small study from China finds infected babies have only mild symptoms. And a study of pregnant women who were infected with the virus evaluates whether it can be passed on to their babies.

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Shootings In Germany Kill 10; Police Suspect Far-Right Extremism

The suspected gunman, who was later found dead at his apartment, reportedly opened fire at two hookah bars frequented by Kurdish customers in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt.

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White House Appoints Outspoken Ambassador As New Acting Head Of Intelligence

Richard Grenell, the vocal and frequently controversial U.S. envoy in Berlin, replaces another acting director. Grenell, a Trump loyalist, has no background in intelligence.

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Human Trafficking Survivor Settles Lawsuit Against Motel Where She Was Held Captive

Lisa Ricchio recently settled a first-of-its-kind lawsuit under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She sued the motel where she was held captive, accusing it of turning a blind eye to her abuse.

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Disparities In Government Contracting Hurt Minority-Owned Businesses

Despite affirmative action goals meant to make up for disparities, white-owned businesses win most of the bids for government work. And in many places the numbers are getting worse.

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6 Takeaways From The Nevada Democratic Debate

It was former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first debate after spending more than $300 million on ads. He had an uneven performance, especially when it came to his record on women.

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Trusting Injection Drug Users With IV Antibiotics At Home: It Can Work

When patients need long-term treatment with IV antibiotics, hospitals usually let them do it at home — but not if they have a history of injection drug use. A Boston program wants to change that.

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You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food?

Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local – “Our World in Data presents the empirical evidence on global development in entries dedicated to specific topics. This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on the Environmental impacts of food and CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”People across the world are becoming increasingly concerned about climate change: 8-in-10 people see climate change as a major threat to their country. As I have shown before, food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.There is rightly a growing awareness that our diet and food choices have a significant impact on our carbon ‘footprint’. What can you do to really reduce the carbon footprint of your breakfast, lunches, and dinner? ‘Eating local’ is a recommendation you hear often – even from prominent sources, including the United Nations. While it might make sense intuitively – after all, transport does lead to emissions – it is one of the most misguided pieces of advice. Eating locally would only have a significant impact if transport was responsible for a large share of food’s final carbon footprint. For most foods, this is not the case. GHG emissions from transportation make up a very small amount of the emissions from food and what you eat is far more important than where your food traveled from…”

See also this related chartFood: greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain

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Global Tailings Dam Portal Project

Press release, 24 January 2020: World’s first public database of mine tailings dams aims to prevent deadly disasters – “The team at GRID-Arendal has built the Global Tailings Portal, a public, searchable database with detailed information on more than 1,700 mine tailings dams around the world. The data is based on disclosures provided by mining companies following a request from the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish National Pension Funds’ Council of Ethics. Previously, very little information about mine tailings dams was publicly available. The portal, which is supported by the UN Environment Programme, is designed to be used by governments, scientists, insurers, the finance community, the mining industry, media, and civil society. GRID-Arendal is also working with the British Satellite company Catapult, which is in the process of developing monitoring functionality for selected dams. Using data collected from synthetic aperture radar satellites, the company hopes to be able to monitor movement in dam structure to provide an early warning of instability…”

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Fighting Disinformation Online

RAND Corporation – Kavanagh, Jennifer, Samantha Cherney, Hilary Reininger, and Norah Griffin, Fighting Disinformation Online: Building the Database of Web Tools. Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License, 2020.

“Today’s information ecosystem brings access to seemingly infinite amounts of information instantaneously. It also contributes to the rapid spread of misinformation and disinformation to millions of people. In response to this challenge and as part of the RAND Corporation’s Truth Decay initiative, RAND researchers worked to identify and characterize the universe of online tools targeted at online disinformation, focusing on those tools created by nonprofit or civil society organizations. This report summarizes the data collected by the RAND team in 2018 and 2019 and serves as a companion to the already published web database. The report includes information on our inclusion and exclusion criteria, a discussion of methodology, a list of domains or characteristics that we coded for every tool (e.g., tool type, delivery platform), a summary of descriptive statistics that provides multiple different snapshots of both available tools and those in development, and a series of deep dives that describe each of the types of tools in the database and how each works to counter the disinformation challenge.”

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LC Webinars on Legal Research – US Case Law and Comparative Law

Via Emily Carr – “The Law Library of Congress will be offering the following webinars in the next three weeks.  Please join us!

    • Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: U.S. Case Law, Thursday, February 20, 2020 – The Orientation to Legal Research Series of webinars reflect the content in the in-person series of classes, and are designed to give a basic introduction to legal sources and research techniques. These orientations, taught by legal reference librarians, are typically offered once a month on a rotating basis, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. case law research, including information about the U.S. federal court system, the publication of court opinions, methods for researching case law, and information about locating records and briefs.
  • Comparative Law Webinar Series – The Comparative Law Webinar Series of classes is designed to shed light on some of the comparative law issues researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library of Congress.
  • What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Israeli National Election. February 27, 2020 at 10am – This entry in the series will address general principles of the Israeli government system, rules governing national election, the method of distribution of Knesset seats, government formation procedures, prime-ministerial qualifications and term limits, and the legal implications of a Knesset Member’s indictment on presidential discretion in assignment of government formation. Topics may be adjusted as warranted to address ongoing developments.
  • Profiling International Organizations: IMF, World Bank, and WTO March 5, 2020 at 2pm – This entry in the series discusses the organizations commonly known as the “Bretton Woods institutions,” which underpin the international system of economic governance, covering trade, finance, and development funding. In this webinar, “Profiling International Organizations: IMF, World Bank, and WTO,” Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley and Legal Research Analyst Elizabeth Boomer will provide insight into the history, structure, key functions, and current developments at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).”
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Centuries-Old Law Against Cursing In Public Repealed By Virginia Legislators

"Profane swearing" has been illegal in the commonwealth since 1792. The repeal now awaits the governor's signature.

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Nevada Democratic Primary Debate: Live Updates And Analysis

Six candidates made the cut for the Las Vegas showdown, including former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has never made the debate stage before.

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Musician Plays Her Violin During Brain Surgery

Doctors wanted to ensure they didn't compromise parts of the brain necessary for playing the violin, so they asked their musician patient to play for them mid-operation.

(Image credit: King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust/Screen shot by NPR )

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Freaked Out? 3 Steps to Protect Your Phone

The New York Times: “Your smartphone is one of the world’s most advanced surveillance tools. This week, Times Opinion is reporting on a huge trove of location data showing the precise location movements for millions of Americans. Once your location is shared with the companies, there’s no way to delete that information or get it back. Your best bet is to avoid sharing your location in the first place — at least until the government bestirs itself to begin regulating how that information is collected, used and sold.

Stop sharing your location with apps – The most important thing you can do now is to disable location sharing for apps already on your phone. (Don’t worry, your phone will automatically send its location to emergency responders if you dial 911.) It’s easy to do this without having to open each app. Many apps that request your location, like weather, coupon or local news apps, often work just fine without it. There’s no reason a weather app, for instance, needs your precise, second-by-second location to provide forecasts for your city. Apple has recently made it harder for companies to snoop on your whereabouts via backdoor methods like checking for nearby Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks. Make sure your phone’s operating system is updated to benefit from these safeguards…”

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