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Daily Archives: July 5, 2018

NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map

NIH: “The Neighborhood Atlas (link is external), a new tool to help researchers visualize socioeconomic data at the community level is now available. This online platform allows for easily ranking and mapping neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. Seeing a neighborhood’s socioeconomic measures, such as income, education, employment and housing quality, may provide clues to the effects… Continue Reading

US: Economic indicators and trade with EU

EU: “The USA remains the EU’s top trading partner and export market. The EU and US economies account for about half the entire world’s GDP, and for nearly a third of world trade flows. The European Commission reported in 2016 that over 10 million European jobs depend on exports to the USA. This Infographic provides… Continue Reading

State rankings identify cost of electric bills

24/7 Wall St: Where You’ll Pay the Most in Electric Bills – From powering kitchen appliances to leaving a light on at night to getting on the internet, electricity is at the center of many of modern life’s most basic functions. However, the cost of electricity is not fixed nationwide and running a refrigerator could… Continue Reading

NSO Group malware used to hack iPhones stolen by company employee

Motherboard: NSO Group Employee Allegedly Stole Company’s Powerful Spyware for Personal Profit “NSO Group sells some of the most potent, off-the-shelf malware for remotely breaking into smartphones. Some versions allow a law enforcement or intelligence agency to steal essentially all meaningful data from an iPhone with no interaction from the target. Others just require the… Continue Reading

Will Google Duplex AI replace call centers?

Quartz – “The robots on the other side of the customer support line could soon start to sound a lot more human. Google is reportedly shopping its Duplex AI system around as a tool for call centers, according to The Information, including a large insurance company. Duplex would handle simple calls for the insurance company,… Continue Reading

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator and judge orders document production on his climate change claims

Scientific American – Judge Orders EPA to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims – The EPA head [who resigned on July 5, 2018] has suggested humans are not the main cause of climate change: “EPA must produce the opposing body of science Administrator Scott Pruitt has relied upon to claim that humans are not the primary… Continue Reading

The Things They Carried: Items Confiscated From Migrants in the Last Decade

The New York Times: “…For more than a decade, Mr. Kiefer worked as a janitor at the Customs and Border Protection center in Why, Ariz., before leaving in 2014. There, he collected tens of thousands of items that were confiscated and thrown in the trash by Border Patrol agents from undocumented migrants crossing the border… Continue Reading

How Smart TVs Track More Than What’s On Tonight

The New York Times: How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight: “… people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge. …”Samba TV has struck deals with roughly a dozen TV brands — including Sony, Sharp, TCL… Continue Reading