CloudGovCo Newsletter 2019-04-23

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In which we share what we’ve been reading.

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Events

Check out this month’s events in our technology calendar.

https://cloudgovco.com/events/

Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple will host the annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 3-7 in San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/03/apple-to-host-annual-worldwide-developers-conference-june-3-7-in-san-jose/

Privacy

Alexa is listening to your sex life

Amazon admits that employees review “small sample” of Alexa audio to “improve the customer experience.”

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/04/amazon-admits-that-employees-review-small-sample-of-alexa-audio/

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How to Scan Your Airbnb for Hidden Cameras

It’s not as technically difficult as it might sound.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/04/how-to-scan-airbnb-hidden-camera-apps.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Environment

Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/04/09/711181385/are-plastic-bag-bans-garbage

The Race to Save the Most Endangered Conifer in America

Religious scholars have long debated where Noah constructed his floating zoo made of “gopher wood” (Genesis 6:14) and what tree the ark’s gopher wood even came from. Some residents in the Florida Panhandle have an unlikely answer.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-race-to-save-the-most-endangered-conifer-in-america-1833785742

Science

How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists

Think on this: The light at the center of the black hole picture has been forever removed from the observable universe.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/4/11/18306110/first-image-black-hole-eht-event-horizon-singularity?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Scientists reveal first picture of a black hole

The picture, taken over 5 days of observations in April 2017 using eight telescopes around the world by a collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope, depicts luminous gas swirling around a supermassive black hole.

https://www.wired.com/story/scientists-reveal-the-first-picture-of-a-black-hole/

Confirmed: New phase of matter is solid and liquid at the same time

The mind-bending material would be like a sponge made of water that’s leaking water.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/new-phase-matter-confirmed-solid-and-liquid-same-time-potassium-physics/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Health

The fat-burning heart-rate zone is a myth: How exercise and weight loss really work

If you’re the kind of exerciser who constantly checks your heart rate to ensure you’re in the fat-burning zone, you should stop.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/the-fat-burning-heart-rate-zone-is-a-myth-how-exercise-and-weight-loss-really-work/2018/12/17/548ea93a-fc8e-11e8-83c0-b06139e540e5_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.eb6f61c4901a

How to keep from getting lost in the wilderness

We’ve got your roadmap to outdoor success right here.

https://www.popsci.com/lost-outdoors

‘Sleep Should Be Prescribed’: What Those Late Nights Out Could Be Costing You

A leading neuroscientist on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/sleep-should-be-prescribed-what-those-late-nights-out-could-be-costing-you?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Technology

Here’s why Microsoft raised the white flag on Edge

The company is being refashioned in ways its former CEOs could never have imagined.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3388305/here-s-why-microsoft-raised-the-white-flag-on-edge.html

Politics

I was a strong Brexiteer. Now we must swallow our pride and think again

If we are to leave the European Union we want a sensible Brexit. There’s no chance of that just now writes Peter Osborne.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/i-was-strong-brexiteer-now-we-must-swallow-our-pride-and-think-again/

Militias, chaos and starvation: Britain 10 years after Brexit

The Queen has fled, Polish workers have been forced out, and violent factions roam a broken land. Writer Jonathan Meades imagines the country The Great Chaos will create.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/apr/10/militias-chaos-starvation-britain-10-years-after-brexit-jonathan-meades