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The Internet of Poorly Working Things

August 23rd, 2016  |  Source: Monday Note

In the mythical Land of Theory, where everything ‘just works’, we can connect all the objects in our lives. We have the sensors, the wireless networks, and the computing power, but progress is slow if not comically wrong. Why?


Aetna, Obamacare and health insurers’ 10 dirty secrets

August 19th, 2016  |  Source:

Health insurers have an incentive to enrich shareholders and deny coverage to customers

Whom do U.S. health insurers think they’re kidding?

The answer, of course, is: everybody.

Disasters like Louisiana floods will worsen as planet warms, scientists warn

August 16th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to classify disaster as the eighth flood considered to be a once-in-every-500-years event in the US in a year

The historic and devastating floods in Louisiana are the latest in a series of heavy deluges that some climate scientists warn will become even more common as the world continues to warm.

Holding Algorithms Accountable

August 15th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them.

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives.

The age of digital possible

August 12th, 2016  |  Source:

Digital is the new currency in our new hyper-connected era, enabling new business initiatives and marketing campaigns that may have been too costly and impractical in the past. From retail to hospitality, there is no question that digital has transformed the way business is being conducted today.

The lake that left town

August 10th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Val Aubrey parked her boat trailer on the shore of Eagle Lake, in north-eastern California. She walked to an overlook where a sign warned against swimming and diving. “This” – she opened her arms wide – “used to be the marina.”

Down below, docks sat among nettles and thistles growing on what used to be the lake bed. The boat ramp led to sunbaked dirt, and squirrels skittered across the concrete.

N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.

For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

We don’t yet know what else lies buried within the Earth’s permafrostwhich is scary, because warming in the Arctic is accelerating.

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality.

The Dangers Lurking in Permafrost

August 3rd, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The many unexpected ways climate change can threaten people around the world.

In Siberia, 90 people have been hospitalized and one 12-year-old boy has died from anthrax, the BBC reports. In addition, more than 2,300 reindeer have died in the outbreak, believed to have been caused by a heat wave that melted permafrost, which in turn exposed the carcass of an anthrax-infected reindeer to the 12-year-old boy.

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