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Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Reimagined and Redesigned

DuckDuckGo Community Forum: “Over the past year, as our userbase and community have grown substantially, we’ve heard great feedback from new and long-term users. Now, we’d like to show you how we’ve incorporated your feedback with a reimagined and redesigned DuckDuckGo: This next version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. We’ve also added many new features you’ve been requesting like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected as well! It is in beta and there are some known issues. In particular:
–not all settings work yet and the setting page itself is getting an overhaul
–not all instant answers work yet and some have not yet been redesigned
–IE8 is functional though not fully cleaned up yet
In the next month, we hope to make this the default version of DuckDuckGo, but that timing really depends on what we hear from you. There is a ‘Give Feedback’ button on the bottom right of search result pages that you can use to submit anonymous feedback (with optional query). We also encourage you to post to this forum so that the community can discuss your ideas.”

Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States

Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States By: Melissa S. Kearney and Benjamin H. Harris “This Hamilton Project policy memo provides ten economic facts highlighting recent trends in crime and incarceration in the United States. Specifically, it explores the characteristics of criminal offenders and victims; the historically unprecedented level of incarceration in the United States;… Continue Reading

Wired: Beyond Honeybees: Now Wild Bees and Butterflies May Be in Trouble

Brandon Keim, [snipped]: “According to a recent survey organized by the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation group, nearly one-third of North American bumblebee species are declining. Other studies have reported similar trends, documenting dramatic declines in once-common species such as the American bumblebee. If that’s happening to bumblebees, says Xerces Society executive director Scott Black, it’s… Continue Reading

New Scientist – US Supreme Court air pollution ruling will save lives

Lisa Grossman: “Citizens of the US, breathe easier. The Supreme Court has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can regulate air pollution that drifts across state lines. The ruling means about 1000 power plants will be forced to reduce their emissions. The states hit hardest by the rules include Texas and Ohio, where coal-fired power plants are… Continue Reading

New Report Details Basics of Cybersecurity for Decision Makers

“At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy offers a wealth of information on practical measures, technical and nontechnical challenges, and potential policy responses. According to this report, cybersecurity is a never-ending battle; threats will evolve as adversaries adopt new tools and techniques to compromise security. Cybersecurity is therefore an ongoing process that needs to evolve… Continue Reading

Substantial Improvements Made in EPA’s IRIS Program, Report Says

“A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council says that changes EPA has proposed and implemented into its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process are “substantial improvements.”  While acknowledging the progress made to date, the report offers further guidance and recommendations to improve the overall scientific and technical performance of the program, which is used… Continue Reading

Using Mobile Technology for Work Linked to Higher Stress

Gallup – “U.S. workers who email for work and who spend more hours working remotely outside of normal working hours are more likely to experience a substantial amount of stress on any given day than workers who do not exhibit these behaviors. Nearly half of workers who “frequently” email for work outside of normal working… Continue Reading

Life in College Matters for Life After College

New Gallup-Purdue study looks at links among college, work, and well-being by Julie Ray and Stephanie Kafka “When it comes to being engaged at work and experiencing high well-being after graduation, a new Gallup-Purdue University study of college graduates shows that the type of institution they attended matters less than what they experienced there. Yet, just… Continue Reading

Fueled by Aging Baby Boomers, Nation’s Older Population to Nearly Double in the Next 20 Years

Census: “The nation’s 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according to two reports released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. A large part of this growth is due to the aging of baby boomers (individuals born in the… Continue Reading

U.S. National Climate Assessment

“The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of… Continue Reading