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Light pollution is disrupting the seasonal rhythms of plants and trees

Ars Technica: “City lights that blaze all night are profoundly disrupting urban plants’ phenology—shifting when their buds open in the spring and when their leaves change colors and drop in the fall. New research I co-authored shows how nighttime lights are lengthening the growing season in cities, which can affect everything from allergies to local… Continue Reading

Privacy of Health Information After Dobbs

The National Law Review: Privacy of Health Information After Dobbs: OCR Guidance On Disclosures of PHI and the Privacy of Personal Information On Devices – “On 28 June 2022, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary… Continue Reading

UMD Report: Conspiracy Theories Fueled More Terror Attacks in 2020

START via MarylandToday website: “In the early hours of Christmas Day 2020, an RV pulled up outside an AT&T network facility in historic Nashville. It broadcast, via speaker, recorded warnings that ranged from the literal to the confusing: gunshots, a female voice demanding evacuation, portions of Petula Clark’s song “Downtown.” Then the vehicle detonated in… Continue Reading

Feds may expand 2nd boosters to all adults as anxiety surges over BA.5 wave

Ars Technica: “The swift rise of omicron subvariant BA.5—with its increased immune-evading abilities and demonstrable growth advantage—has federal officials on edge. In a flurry of activity late Monday and early Tuesday, officials doubled down on pandemic measures, renewed calls for vigilance, and are considering expanding eligibility of second boosters to all adults. In a press… Continue Reading

Biden admin: Docs must offer abortion if mom’s life at risk

AP: “The Biden administration on Monday told hospitals that they “must” provide abortion services if the life of the mother is at risk, saying federal law on emergency treatment guidelines preempts state laws in jurisdictions that now ban the procedure without any exceptions following the Supreme Court’s decision to end a constitutional right to abortion.… Continue Reading

Microplastics seep into our water and our bodies. These products may help

Fast Company – Microplastics are ubiquitous in our environment, but experts say we can take steps to reduce our exposure. ” The microplastics crisis is far worse than we first thought. For half a century, humans have incorporated plastic into every aspect of our lives, from kids’ toys to food packaging. Yet 91% of plastic… Continue Reading

Up to 90% of governmental websites include cookies of third-party tracke

IMDEA Networks: “Researchers Matthias Götze (TU Berlin), Srdjan Matic (IMDEA Software), Costas Iordanou (Cyprus University of Technology), Georgios Smaragdakis (TU Delft), and Nikolaos Laoutaris (IMDEA Networks) have presented at the ‘Web Science Conference’ the paper: “Measuring Web Cookies in Governmental Websites”, in which they investigate governmental websites of G20 countries and evaluate to what extent… Continue Reading

US water likely contains more ‘forever chemicals’ than EPA tests show

UK Guardian: “A Guardian analysis of water samples from around the United States shows that the type of water testing relied on by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is so limited in scope that it is probably missing significant levels of PFAS pollutants. The undercount leaves regulators with an incomplete picture of the extent… Continue Reading

The New Abortion Battleground

Cohen, David S. and Donley, Greer and Rebouche, Rachel, The New Abortion Battleground (February 23, 2022). 123 Columbia Law Review (2023 Forthcoming), U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-09, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-05, Available at SSRN: or “This Article examines the paradigm shift that will occur if… Continue Reading