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How to keep your data from brokers and marketers

Fast Company: “It’s no secret that private intel companies compile vast dossiers on us. But the extent is breathtaking. Here’s how it works—and what you can do about it. We’ve seen a stream of revelations about data brokers in recent months, and though the stories vary, the takeaway is consistent: Our privacy has never been… Continue Reading

Winners of the 2022 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

The Atlantic: “Entrants in this year’s contest were invited to submit images showcasing life on Earth, and illustrating some of the many threats that our planet faces. Images from this gallery were originally published in bioGraphic, an independent magazine about nature and conservation powered by the California Academy of Sciences, and media partner of the… Continue Reading

Here’s every word from the sixth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its investigation

NPR: Below, read the full transcript from the June 28 hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The transcript was produced by CQ. [sipped] BENNIE THOMPSON: The Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol will be in order. Without objection, the chair is authorized… Continue Reading

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB

CRS – Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB – Updated June 28, 2022: “This report describes online tools, reports, and data compilations created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that contain statistics about federal employees and the federal workforce. The report also describes key characteristics… Continue Reading

Successful 10-second one-legged stance performance predicts survival in middle-aged and older individuals

Araujo CG, de Souza e Silva CG, Laukkanen JA, et al. Successful 10-second one-legged stance performance predicts survival in middle-aged and older individuals. [Free fulltext including data] British Journal of Sports Medicine Published Online First: 21 June 2022. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2021-105360 Objectives Balance quickly diminishes after the mid-50s increasing the risk for falls and other adverse… Continue Reading

The OCLC v Clarivate Dilemma

Coyle’s Information, June 27, 2022: “OCLC has filed suit against the company Clarivate which owns Proquest and ExLibris. The suit focuses on a metadata service proposed by Ex Libris called “MetaDoor.” MetaDoor isn’t a bibliographic database à la WorldCat, it is a peer-to-peer service that allows its users to find quality records in the catalog… Continue Reading

Urban Wildlife Photography Awards 2022: in pictures

Discover Wildlife: “An amateur photographer who works in digital advertising has won the inaugural Urban Wildlife Photography Awards for his image of two Coyotes on a dimly-lit suburban street in Ontario. London-based photography platform Picfair organised the free-to-enter competition, which pays homage to the wild creatures living in urban spaces, which proliferated during Covid lockdowns.… Continue Reading

How to scrub yourself from the internet, the best that you can

Washington Post: “Data brokers collect detailed information about who we are based on our things like our online activity, real world purchases and public records. Together, it’s enough to figure out your political leanings and health status, even if you’re pregnant. Friday’s news that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, and abortion could… Continue Reading

Lawmakers v. The Scientific Realities of Human Reproduction

New England Journal of Medicine: “The just-announced U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization represents a stunning reversal of precedent that inserts government into the personal lives and health care of Americans. Yet it was not unexpected. In the long, painful prelude to the decision, many states have severely limited access… Continue Reading

Google makes Earth Engine available to all businesses and governments

ZDNet: “For the past decade, researchers in academia and the nonprofit world have had access to increasingly sophisticated information about the Earth’s surface, via the Google Earth Engine. Now, any commercial or government entity will have access to Google Cloud’s new enterprise-grade, commercial version of the computer program.  Google originally launched Earth Engine for scientists… Continue Reading

Understanding Criminal Justice Innovations

Ryan, Meghan J., Understanding Criminal Justice Innovations (June 14, 2022). Journal of Law & Innovation (Forthcoming 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136813 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4136813 “Burgeoning science and technology have provided the criminal justice system with the opportunity to address some of its shortcomings. And the criminal justice system has significant shortcomings. Among other issues, we have… Continue Reading

Why 99% Of Smithsonian’s Specimens Are Hidden In High-Security

Open Culture: “For many of us natural history museums are emblematic of school field trips, or rainy day outings with (or as) children. There’s always something to be gleaned from the reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, dazzling minerals, and 100-year-old specimens on display. The educational prospects are even greater for research scientists. [This YouTube video via] Business… Continue Reading