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    Daily Digest 8/8 – The Seven-Year Short, The Feeling And Science Of Heat

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:37 PM


Robert Kagan and Other Neocons Are Backing Hillary Clinton (sand_puppy)

Sloat, the former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, boasted that Clinton will be “more interventionist and forward-leaning than Obama’s been” in Syria. She also applauded Clinton for doing intervention the right way, through coalitions instead of the unilateral aggression that defined the Bush years.

There’s No Such Thing as Innocuous Personal Data (jdargis)

Let’s go back to the example of heart rates. In a study conducted in Sweden and published in 2015, researchers found that low resting heart rates correlated with propensity for violence. It’s unclear whether these findings will hold up to further investigation. But if the connection is confirmed in the future, perhaps it could be cross-indexed, introduced into algorithms, and used, in conjunction with other data, to profile or convict individuals, suggests John Chuang, a professor at Berkeley’s School of Information and the director of its BioSense lab. (Biosensing technology uses digital data to learn about living systems like people.) “It’s something we can’t anticipate—these new classes of data we assume are innocuous that turn out not to be,” says Chuang.

The Seven-Year Short (jdargis)

Surrounded by shirts and pants—the closet is more convenient than his basement office—Hart, 44, talks to Hong Kong, parsing the latest numbers and the scuttlebutt from Beijing and Shanghai. In the seven years since this all started, he might as well have learned Mandarin. (All three of his children speak the language now, unlike their old man.) Doggedness has cost him millions—not to mention investors, employees, and, at times, damn near his sanity. But he won’t, or maybe can’t, let go now.

Missouri public defender, fed up with meager funding, appoints governor to defend assault suspect (jdargis)

“Given the extraordinary circumstances that compel me to entertain any and all avenues for relief, it strikes me that I should begin with the one attorney in the state who not only created this problem, but is in a unique position to address it,” Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri State Public Defender System, wrote in a letter to the governor.

‘A Major System-Wide Outage’ (jdargis)

Delta said it will allow those people whose flights were affected to make a one-time change to their tickets without incurring a fee. And, it said: “If your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund.” Delta, the world’s third-largest airline by number of passengers, carries 138.8 million people each year.

Chinese trade drop adds to global economic woes (jdargis)

The figures do “not bode well for the state of global demand, given that Chinese exports benefited from a weaker currency,” Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics wrote in a note.

“Looking forward, we expect the trade data to remain lacklustre in the coming months, given our outlook of subdued momentum in global trade and China’s domestic demand.”

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s (jdargis)

Mr. Creason’s experience with the electric co-op puts him at the leading edge of a trend unfolding in hard-to-reach rural spots nationwide. For years, such communities have largely been left out of the digital revolution because they had only intermittent internet access, often through a patchwork of satellite, dial-up or wireless service. Telecom and cable companies shunned the areas because it was too expensive to bring equipment and service over long distances to so few people.

Heat: The Feeling And The Science (bobwise32952)

What I actually sensed as “heat” was not the temperature, but the my body’s interaction with the air and nearby surfaces. The body needs to lose heat constantly to maintain its 98.6 degree temperature. At moderate air temperatures, it cools by conduction to the surrounding air and even by convection- as if little cumulus clouds floated up from the skin. But when the air temperature exceeds body temperature, convection stops, and conduction begins to warm the body.

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    Plastic hurting Canada’s loons, ducks and geese

    “One of the biggest problems is it causes them to feel full so they stop eating,” said Provencher, who was not involved in the current study. “It’s like the feeling after Thanksgiving—imagine a bird ingesting a whole bunch of plastic, then the sensors in the stomach signal to the brain ‘not hungry’, so they don’t eat.”

    Also the garbage can puncture the birds stomach.

    “In a freshwater gull we once saw wires, like the gauge of coat hanger, sticking right out through the gizzard,” Mallory said. “There was an infection and sores where it perforated out.”

    The third risk to birds is pollutants that are on the plastic. Some plastic already has harmful chemicals built right in, and then it can pick up more chemicals from the water. “Birds ingest the plastic, it sits inside their oily stomach contents, contaminants are desorbed off the plastics and taken up by birds,” Provencher said.

    Mallory said he’s pretty much seen it all inside the birds.

    “Almost anything you can think of, things like bottle caps, bits of plastic containers like a margarine container, coffee cup lids, various Styrofoam like the kinds from disposal coolers … then some gross stuff like Band Aids.

    “Once we found an entire hamburger wrapper,” he said.



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