Harsh climate

The difficulties and dangers in accessing the ice-choked waters near Greenland’s glaciers caused some researchers to enlist the help of local wildlife by tagging seals, halibut or narwhals with sensors to gather data.

NASA researchers and Holland are focused on Greenland because it currently contributes more to sea level rise than the colder region of Antarctica — and because the research is so much harder in the Antarctic, with its punishing climate, massive scale and logistical challenges.

“It’s mind-boggling how difficult it is to do things in Antarctica,” said Holland, who has conducted studies in both regions.

“Work that can be done here in Greenland on the scale of summer takes five to ten years to set up and accomplish in Antarctica.”

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Facebook and Twitter must comply with EU consumer rules or face sanctions | Reuters


Facebook (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) face sanctions unless they comply with European consumer rules by the end of the year, the EU said as its regulators continue to their crackdown on U.S. social media giants over privacy concerns.

Online platforms have come under fire in Europe because of their dominance and anti-competitive business practices, resulting in hefty fines handed down to some companies.

Source: Facebook and Twitter must comply with EU consumer rules or face sanctions | Reuters

EU leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal | Reuters


The backstop would keep Northern Ireland under EU economic oversight if London and Brussels cannot agree a trade pact to keep UK-EU borders open after a transition period ends in 2020 — an idea that May and a small party in the province that props up her minority government oppose.

Source: EU leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal | Reuters

Rice, gnocchi, steak, wings: how cauliflower took over your plate | Vox


“Cauliflower moves to the center of the plate,” declared New York magazine in 2013, crowning it “Vegetable Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Piece of Meat.”

Then came the cauli grains — riced cauliflower, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower gnocchi — and eventually cauli memes. “If cauliflower can somehow become pizza…” the website Food52 said inspirationally on Instagram, “you, my friend, can do anything.”

Source: Rice, gnocchi, steak, wings: how cauliflower took over your plate – Vox

North and South Korea’s agreement is bad news for Trump | Vox


The problem is their agreement is extremely vague — and may actually prove bad news for the United States.

Here’s some of what they agreed to: Kim said that he’d travel to Seoul by the end of the year — a first for any North Korean leader — and that both sides will work to reduce tensions at their heavily militarized border. Kim and Moon even agreed to jointly bid to host the Olympics in 2032.

But on the issue that matters most to the United States — the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program — no one can claim much progress. Kim said he’d allow international inspectors into the country to watch as he destroys a missile engine testing site and a major nuclear facility …

Source: North and South Korea’s agreement is bad news for Trump – Vox

What is Tilray? Why the Canadian cannabis company is worth more than American Airlines. | Vox

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Based in the Vancouver Island town of Nanaimo in Canada, Tilray, according to its website, is dedicated to “cultivating and delivering the benefits of medical cannabis safely and reliably.”

Its revenues were just $20 million last year, but because Canada is about to legalize marijuana in October, its business prospects recently have become much more attractive.

The big reason its stock price is up so much right now isn’t Canada but, instead, the United States: The US Drug Enforcement Administration just signed off on Tilray’s plan to import marijuana from Canada to the US for medical research.

Source: What is Tilray? Why the Canadian cannabis company is worth more than American Airlines. – Vox

Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be good for everyone | Quartz at Work


.. nothing in capitalism actually says that such sky-high levels of compensation are permissible.

What capitalism says instead is that people need incentives to be maximally productive.

But will someone who makes $100 million a year really work harder than someone who makes $10 million?

Compensation, like everything else, has what economists call ‘diminishing marginal utility’. More of it has less and less of an incentivizing effect, until eventually it has no incentivizing effect at all – people are already working as hard as they can. At which point capitalism suggests that we should not pay someone even more money, for we are going to get nothing in return.

Source: Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be good for everyone — Quartz at Work

Venezuela to significantly increase oil exports to China | News | Al Jazeera


Already a strong economic partner, China had agreed to invest an additional $5bn in Venezuela, Maduro said on Tuesday, adding that the investment would help it boost production and nearly double its oil exports to China.

“We are taking the first steps into a new economic era,” he said, as cited by AP news agency. “We are on track to have a new economy, and the agreements with China will strengthen it.”

Source: Venezuela to significantly increase oil exports to China | News | Al Jazeera

How Follower Counts Could Be Backfiring on Twitter | Time


Humans are very social creatures, in constant search of information about whether they belong, says Jay Van Bavel, an associate professor of psychology at New York University. And features like follower counts function as tantalizing “signs of status,” real-time metrics of popularity on display for all to see.

As those counts go up, users get boosts of pleasure, and they are therefore incentivized to do whatever it takes to make those numbers to grow.

“This is how rats work. Press a lever, get a pellet,” Van Bavel says. “The human brain is structured the same way.”

Unfortunately, research suggests that extreme content tends to generate a lot of engagement. If Twitter is a competition, being sensational is an easy way to boost your score.

Source: How Follower Counts Could Be Backfiring on Twitter | Time

Hillary Clinton’s Three-Point Plan for Solving Tech’s Diversity Problem | Nextgov


Part one: Get them as kids
Big tech companies obsessed with addressing diversity and inclusion failures among their adult employees are already behind, said Clinton. Instead, they ought to start with children:

“I think a lot of the money should be going into schools, to introduce kids who would otherwise be excluded to the opportunities that are in the tech world and helping to train them, not only in the classroom but also after-school programs,” she explained.

Part two: Get outside the office

Part three: Incorporate education permanently

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Three-Point Plan for Solving Tech’s Diversity Problem – Nextgov