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Watch a Harlem Globetrotter Sink a Shot from a Plane

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 09:00
Really, this is a classic projectile motion physics problem.
Categories: Just News

GE Smart Countertop Microwave Review: Future Food

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 09:00
GE loaded this microwave with Alexa capabilities and scan-to-cook technology. But those high-tech features make microwaving more complicated than ever.
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Ben & Jerry's 'Milk with Dignity' Pact With Farmworkers Seems To Be Paying Off

Some workers say wages and living conditions have improved. Farms have also committed to providing five annual paid sick days, five paid vacation days and to meet housing health and safety standards.

(Image credit: John Dillon/Vermont Public Radio)

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Best Smart Speakers (2018): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:00
Smart speakers with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri are popular, but which one is right for you?
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Boardwalk Collapses In Spain, Injuring 316 People At Oceanside Concert

The collapse occurred shortly after the headliner at a concert tried to pump up the crowd by telling people to jump, witnesses told a local news site.

(Image credit: Lalo R. Villar/AP)

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A Mind-Bending Avalanche Animation That Could Save Your Life

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:00
Thanks in part to groundwork laid by the animators of Disney’s “Frozen,” this simulation may help develop better avalanche warning systems.
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You Don't Have to React to Every Post and Text You See—Promise

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:00
Feeling the need to tack a reaction on everything you see is stressful. But you don't have to do it.
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Hacked Water Heaters Could Trigger Mass Blackouts Someday

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:00
A new study found that just 42,000 of those hacked home devices could be enough to leave a country of 38 million people in the dark.
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With Syria's War Nearly Over, Victims Take The Battle To European Courts

Syria's President Bashar Assad is on the verge of winning the war. But refugee activists are waging new battles against the regime from Europe.

(Image credit: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

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To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

In the past century, many Americans have lost the ability to sit in a way that doesn't strain their backs. Specialists say we could take a lesson from excellent sitters from other cultures.

(Image credit: Lily Padula for NPR)

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White House Takes Aim At Financial Protections For Military

Documents obtained by NPR show proposed changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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Ambitious 'Human Cell Atlas' Aims To Catalog Every Type Of Cell In The Body

Already the project has revealed a previously unknown type of cell in the windpipe that might play a role in cystic fibrosis — and lead to a new treatment, scientists say.

(Image credit: Casey Atkins/Broad Institute)

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Axios – The insane Trump news cycle of 2018 in one chart

Here’s how busy the Trump news cycle has been in just the first half of 2018, as seen in Google News Lab’s data on the googling trends of the public. It shows when and how much people searched about 30 of the biggest news events…This doesn’t even account for all of the policy changes, media attacks and tweets coming from President Trump and his administration. It’s clear we’ve been jumping from one four-alarm news fire to the next, with China, Russia and Robert Mueller receiving steady interest all year. If anyone thought the pace would slow after Trump’s first year, they were wrong…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the earth beneath us

The Guardian: “…In London, a city with 150 years of trenching, digging and boring to its name, the chaos is reaching new depths. According to Newcastle University’s Global Urban Research Unit, more than 4,600 basements have been granted planning permission in the last decade – in just seven of London’s 32 boroughs. The space under London is now getting so busy that the Ordnance Survey, Future Cities Catapult and the British Geological Survey have joined forces to create a new initiative called Project Iceberg, which will attempt to aggregate cities’ subterranean data. In London it will include transport tunnel information, geological records and maps of 1.5m km (0.9m miles) of underground utilities and four million kilometres of telecommunications lines…The Ordnance Survey has suggested that £5.5bn ($7bn) is spent every year on exploratory excavation just to figure out what’s underground, and according to a 2013 Mayor of London report, £150m of damage is done every year to underground utilities because of a lack of information. Underground urban planning of an extension of a tube line, for instance, requires knowledge of where sewer and water systems, electricity and utility tunnels, bunkers, foundations, basements, cellars, vaults, passageways, archaeological remains, data centres, basements, and other transport tunnels are located. Most cities have a “dial before you dig” hotline because there is no central holding place for data about underground space.

Enter Project Iceberg. The goal is to serve as a framework for data on all of these underground elements, from which a comprehensive visualisation can be built. The resulting map would need to be an all-inclusive spatial database, but how volumetric cartography might look is not yet imagined. It could perhaps be something like Bruno Imbrizi’s real-time 3D tube map that went viral in 2013. Or the framework could feed an augmented reality engine, so that aiming a phone camera at the ground would reveal what is underneath…”

Categories: Law and Legal

After 17 Days And 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

After carrying her calf's corpse for an unusually long time, a "remarkably frisky" Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca's known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.

(Image credit: AP)

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ADL Unveils First of-its-Kind Interactive Map Pinpointing Extremism and Hate Across U.S.

ADL H.E.A.T. Map is the first-of-its-kind interactive and customizable map detailing extremist and anti-Semitic incidents around the nation. ADL experts in its Center on Extremism developed this unique visualization with data points extracted from information sources including news and media reports, government documents (including police reports), victim reports, extremist-related sources, Center on Extremism investigations and more. Filter data sets and learn more about hate, extremism, anti-Semitism and terrorism in your area and around the country…”

Categories: Law and Legal

NOAA Data Tools: Daily Weather Records

The daily records summarized here are compiled from a subset of stations in the Global Historical Climatological Network. A station is defined as the complete daily weather records at a particular location, having a unique identifier in the GHCN-Daily dataset. For a station to be considered for any parameter, it must have a minimum of 30 years of data with more than 182 days complete each year. This is effectively a “30-year record of service” requirement, but allows for inclusion of some stations which routinely shut down during certain seasons. Small station moves, such as a move from one property to an adjacent property, may occur within a station history. However, larger moves, such as a station moving from downtown to the city airport, generally result in the commissioning of a new station identifier. This tool treats each of these histories as a different station. In this way, it does not “thread” the separate histories into one record for a city. This tool provides simplistic counts of records to provide insight into recent climate behavior, but is not a definitive way to identify trends in the number of records set over time. This is particularly true outside the United States, where the number of records may be strongly influenced by station density from country to country and from year to year. These data are raw and have not been assessed for the effects of changing station instrumentation and time of observation…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Trump’s Nemesis in the Age of Pinocchio

The New York Times highlights the work of Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post in the article Trump’s Nemesis in the Age of Pinocchio – Glenn Kessler’s database of presidential untruths will become a reference, a talisman…

Every untruth Trump utters, Kessler chronicles. At the beginning of this month, the running total was 4,229 false or misleading statements since the president took office, or more than 7.5 a day. This will be remembered. Historians will examine how an American presidency parted company with facts, and will assess the toll…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Comments on the digital age, which, as we all know, is 42.

Via Coyle’s InFormation – “I was recently speaking at a library conference in OSLO where I went through my criticisms of our cataloging models, and how they are not suited to the problems we need to solve today. I had my usual strong criticisms of FRBR and the IFLA LRM. However, when I finished speaking I was asked why I am so critical of those models, which means that I did not explain myself well. I am going to try again here, as clearly and succinctly as I can. Conflation of Conceptual Models with Data Models – FRBR’s main impact was that it provided a mental model of the bibliographic universe that reflects a conceptual view of the elements of descriptive cataloging. You will find nothing in FRBR that could not be found in standard library cataloging of the 1990’s, which is when the FRBR model was developed. What FRBR adds to our understanding of bibliographic information is that it gives names and definitions to key concepts that had been implied but not fully articulated in library catalog data. If it had stopped there we would have had an interesting mental model that allows us to speak more precisely about catalogs and cataloging…”

Categories: Law and Legal

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