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Daily Archives: November 5, 2020

USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation

“A new mobile tool has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that they hope will protect more lives and property during natural disasters and weather hazards.  The USGS National Water Dashboard (NWD) can be accessed both on your computer and mobile device and will provide the most up-to-date information on flood forecasts, weather, and water levels…You can access the NWD here and learn more about the mobile tool from the full press release from USGS…”

Letter – GOP-Tapped Ex-US Attorneys Denounce Trump’s ‘Irresponsible’ Election Claims – “A coalition of former Republican-nominated U.S. attorneys on Thursday spoke out against President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, saying the U.S.’s “very legitimacy as a nation of laws, not men, depends on getting this right.” The letter, signed by 19 ex-federal prosecutors, comes as Trump falsely… Continue Reading

BirdNET The easiest way to identify birds by sound

“What is BirdNET? How can computers learn to recognize birds from sounds? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Chemnitz University of Technology are trying to find an answer to this question. Our research is mainly focused on the detection and classification of avian sounds using machine learning – we want to assist experts and citizen scientist… Continue Reading

Dan’s COVID Charts since June by state partisanship

Dan’s COVID Charts – Created by Dan Goodspeed using data from New York Times and visualization help from Flourish.  “The numbers are the total confirmed normalized cases per million for each state since June. A ‘10,000’ means 1% of the state’s population has tested positive of COVID since June 1. June 1 was chosen as… Continue Reading

Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted for Trump

AP – “U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a surprising twist: In places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support. An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases… Continue Reading

Communicating Through a Crisis

Insider Higher Ed – “Most research in crisis communications and management is retrospective, looking at how things unfolded, said Brooke Fisher Liu, a professor of communications and associate dean of the graduate school at the University of Maryland at College Park. Most research in the field also focuses on corporations and governments, rather than other… Continue Reading

The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym

Quartz – “People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they grow gardens, walk throughout the day, and minimize mechanical conveniences for… Continue Reading