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Daily Archives: August 11, 2021

Google is adding an interactive periodic table to search

The Verge: “Google search now has an interactive periodic table you can check out to learn a lot more about the elements. You can find it by searching for “periodic table” and clicking the “explore elements” button on the right side of the page or by navigating to it directly right here. I wasn’t the best chemistry student growing up, but I’ve had a lot of fun clicking on different elements and learning about things like an element’s atomic mass, melting point, and seeing a 3D model of each element, which I find particularly cool. Each element that I’ve clicked on also includes a short fact — like that thallium was used as the murder agent in an Agatha Christie novel, apparently..”

Where extreme weather is getting even worse, in one map

Vox – “A new UN interactive atlas reveals how climate change will shape weather around the world. Humans have warmed the planet by an average of 1.2 degrees Celsius since industrialization began in the 19th century. This small-sounding change has helped fuel severe wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves, floods, and an ever-growing list of other disasters. What’s… Continue Reading

Sequencing in Damages

Cheng, Edward K. and Guttel, Ehud and Procaccia, Yuval, Sequencing in Damages (March 7, 2021). Stanford Law Review, 74 STAN. L. REV. __ (2022 Forthcoming ), Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper No. 21-14, Available at SSRN: “Tort law consists of multiple doctrines governing the assignment of liability and the calculation of damages.… Continue Reading

What is the Constitution Annotated?

In Custodia Legis: “For over a hundred years, the Constitution Annotated—officially The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation—has served as Congress’s Constitution of record. A Senate document, the Constitution Annotated surveys and illuminates how the Supreme Court of the United States has interpreted every provision of the Constitution throughout the nation’s… Continue Reading

FTC Guide – Preparing for a weather emergency

“It’s one thing to prepare your family, pets, and property for extreme weather situations. It’s another to protect your personal information and finances from scammers who use weather emergencies to cheat people. This page has information to help you prepare for, deal with, and recover from a weather emergency. Sections: Preparing for a Weather Emergency… Continue Reading

Zoom adds new Focus mode that should keep students from getting distracted

Neowin: “The pandemic has forced schools to explore teaching using video conferencing and that’s when Zoom has emerged to be a market leader. To make things easier for teachers, Zoom has announced a new feature called Focus mode. Zoom says that the feature is meant to keep students from getting distracted while they’re in a… Continue Reading

NYPD secretly spent $159 million on surveillance tech

Engadget: “The New York City Police Department has spent over $159 million on surveillance systems and maintenance since 2007 without public oversight, according to newly released documents. The Legal Aid Society (LAS) and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) obtained the documents from the NYPD, which include contracts with vendors. They show that the NYPD… Continue Reading

54 Great Sources for Climate Change News

Milken Institute School of Public Health: “The topic of climate change is inescapable, as its effects can be felt across all demographics. Children, pregnant people and older adults are at risk from extreme weather and heat.External link:open_in_new Individuals with allergies breathe a little less easily as the concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increase the presence of… Continue Reading

Most of the power sector’s emissions come from a small minority of plants

Ars Technica – Shutting down the worst 5% would cut electricity’s carbon emissions by 75%. “…It should surprise nobody that all the worst offenders are coal plants. But the distribution of the highest polluting plants might include a bit of the unexpected. For example, despite its reputation as the home of coal, China only has… Continue Reading