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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Federal Government Releases National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Plan

NASA: “A new multiagency report outlines how the U.S. could become better prepared for near-Earth objects — asteroids and comets whose orbits come within 30 million miles of Earth — otherwise known as NEOs. While no known NEOs currently pose significant risks of impact, the report is a key step to addressing a nationwide response… Continue Reading

Trillion Dollar Inheritance: The World’s Biggest Family Fortunes

Bloomberg – Walmart, Samsung, Koch Industries and Hermes have built some of the biggest fortunes to ever be handed down between generations. “From Mars bars to Hermes scarves, supermarkets to hotels and data firms to drug makers, the source of this wealth is varied and its scale is startling: more than the market cap of… Continue Reading

OSHA launches database of workplace chemical information

OSHA Safety and Health: “A new database from OSHA offers access to safety profiles and information on workplace chemicals. Pooling data from various government agencies and organizations, the OSHA Occupational Chemical Database offers chemical identification, physical properties, permissible exposure limits, sampling information and additional resources for each substance. OSHA calls the webpage its “premier one-stop… Continue Reading

BBC releases computer history archive

BBC Technology – “A slice of computing history has been made public, giving people the opportunity to delve into an archive that inspired a generation of coders. The Computer Literacy Project led to the introduction of the BBC Micro alongside programmes which introduced viewers to the principles of computing. It included interviews with innovators such… Continue Reading

Free Law Project Trump’s Supreme Court List

“On June 27, 2018, Associate Justice Kennedy informed President Trump that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court effective July 31st. In response to this announcement, President Trump stated that his next Supreme Court nomination would come from his existing list of potential Supreme Court justices. In our Judge and Appointment database, we have compiled… Continue Reading

Torn Apart – visualize the geography of Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in 2018

Digital Humanities Now – Torn Apart / Separados by Manan Ahmed, Alex Gil, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, Roopika Risam, Maira E. Álvarez, Sylvia A. Fernández, Linda Rodriguez, and Merisa Martinez – June 26, 2018 “Torn Apart aggregates and cross-references publicly available data to visualize the geography of Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in… Continue Reading

New Book Chapter by Dempsey, Malpas Considers the Future of the Academic Library 26 June 2018

OCLC: “Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President of the Membership and Research Division and Chief Strategist, and Constance Malpas, Strategic Intelligence Manager and Research Scientist, have authored a chapter in the book Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution just released by Springer, and available for open access download. In the chapter “Academic Library… Continue Reading

The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet

Bloomberg: Carbanak’s suspected ringleader is under arrest, but $1.2 billion remains missing, and his malware attacks live on. “Since late 2013, this band of cybercriminals has penetrated the digital inner sanctums of more than 100 banks in 40 nations, including Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., and stolen about $1.2 billion, according to Europol, the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court in 5-4 ruling backs Trumps travel ban

AP: “A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries. The majority opinion rejected the notion that the ban discriminates against Muslims or exceeds presidential authority. In writing the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “We express no view on the soundness of the… Continue Reading

NPR Music’s 35 Favorite Songs Of 2018 (So Far)

NPR Best Music of the Year: “The best songs from the first half of 2018 serve many functions. Some reveal pain, others relieve it. Some guide us forward through the darkness, others eradicate it like a firework. Here are 35 favorites that put in work for us, each one the personal choice of one person… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications for Policy and Research

Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications for Policy and Research; GAO-18-644T: Published: Jun 26, 2018. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2018. “Artificial intelligence (AI) could improve human life and economic competitiveness—but it also poses new risks. The Comptroller General convened a Forum on AI to consider the policy and research implications of AI’s use in… Continue Reading

Freedom of Information Act: Agencies Are Implementing Requirements but Additional Actions Are Needed

Freedom of Information Act: Agencies Are Implementing Requirements but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-18-365: Published: Jun 25, 2018. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2018. “All 18 selected agencies had implemented three of six Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements reviewed. Specifically, all agencies had updated response letters to inform requesters of the right to seek assistance… Continue Reading