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Washington Post – Which beverage will claim the world title for healthiest drink? – “Whatever your preference, scientists have found that regularly drinking coffee or tea can provide a variety of health benefits. But how do coffee and tea compare in a head-to-head matchup? We took a look at the research, and here’s what we found…”
When BirdCast began, much like many conceptual frameworks in the early years of big data analysis and Internet and crowdsourcing, its potential and realities were far ahead of their time. But there was a strong belief and understanding that knowledge of migratory behavior would inspire birders and scientists as well as support decisions about conservation actions on the ground to mitigate numerous hazards birds face and to prevent deaths of millions of birds annually. Accurate migration models could have broad appeal and even broader application, allowing researchers to understand behavioral aspects of migration, how migration timing and pathways respond to changing climate, and whether linkages exist between variation in migration timing and subsequent changes in population size.
Beginning in 2018, after many years of research and developments in machine learning, cloud-based computing, and big data analytics, the BirdCast site began to feature migration forecasts that predicted how many birds would be aloft over the continental US and live migration maps that reported how many birds actually took flight.
These bird migration maps represented the culmination of a 20-year long vision, so too the beginnings of new inspiration for the next generation of bird migration research, outreach and education, and application. For more information about radar ornithology and how to understand the application of radar technology for studying bird migration, see this primer.”
ZDNET: “Travel is back. And with the holiday season bearing down on us, it’s not looking like it will slow down anytime soon. With that in mind, a travel VPN is an easily overlooked tool to keep your data safe and give you peace of mind when you’re on the go.
Of all the situations you might find yourself in when using a VPN, perhaps the most mission-critical is when you’re traveling. When you’re away from home, you’re dependent on whatever communication infrastructure exists where you are. You might have a strong Wi-Fi connection in the airport or cafe, but is it secure? That’s where a VPN comes to the rescue. The best VPNscreate secure tunnels that protect your internet traffic. This gives you one extra layer of protection against having financial information or login credentials stolen.
Keep in mind that VPNs are illegal in some countries, precisely because the host government wants to snoop on all traffic. Make sure you check into local laws before you do something that may be frowned upon, possibly with quite serious consequences…”
UK publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions must be doing something right as, as Anna Cafolla writes in The Guardian, with Annie Ernaux's Nobel win last week they're at Four Nobels and counting: Fitzcarraldo, the little publisher that could.
While obviously it's the content of the books that counts, I'm pleased to see that they prove that simple, plain, uniform covers -- as also common especially in France -- don't stand in the way of critical or popular success:
The covers, designed by Ray O’Meara, are sleek and chic, with uniform blue for fiction and white for nonfiction. They’re now a ubiquitous Instagram grid fixture. Where aesthetics and trends vie for readers’ attention, Fitzcarraldo is stoic.
And publicity director Clare Bogen makes a good point about the uniform look in noting:
One of our writers told me: ‘If my book looks like Olga Tokarczuk’s book, it’s a great equaliser.’ People are willing to take that risk with us and discover books in different ways.
In any case, it's always worth following what Fitzcarraldo is bringing out.