Computing & Technology

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Knowledge Graphs

Tracking the historical events that lead to the interweaving of data and knowledge.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
—George Santayana

What The Matrix Got Wrong About Cities of the Future

Where the movie foresaw a distinction between digital and physical reality, modern cities are merging them, and not necessarily in a good way.

How two new supercomputers will improve weather forecasts

Each of the upgrades by the US National Weather Service is the size of 10 refrigerators, has the capacity of 12.1 petaflops, and will help predict storms made worse by climate change.

How AI is reinventing what computers are

Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.

What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

She was a star engineer who warned that messy AI can spread racism. Google brought her in. Then it forced her out. Can Big Tech take criticism from within?

The Matrix Is the Best Hacker Movie

Most people point to Sneakers, Hackers, or WarGames. They’re all wrong. The Wachowskis actually invented the ultimate cyber superhero.

CyberSecurity

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Cyber Reconnaissance Techniques

The evolution of and countermeasures for existing reconnaissance techniques.

How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

If you’ve finally hit your breaking point, here’s how to say goodbye to Mark Zuckerberg’s empire.

The Full Story of the Stunning RSA Hack Can Finally Be Told

In 2011, Chinese spies stole the crown jewels of cybersecurity—stripping protections from firms and government agencies worldwide. Here’s how it happened.

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News

The page-turning inside story of the global team wielding the internet to fight for facts and combat autocracy-revealing the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to hold the powerful to account.

Hacking Russia was off-limits. The Ukraine war made it a free-for-all

Experts anticipated a Moscow-led cyber-assault; instead, unprecedented attacks by hacktivists and criminals have wreaked havoc in Russia

How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The inside story of the world’s most notorious commercial spyware and the big tech companies waging war against it.

Climate

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A River Runs Through It

Unearthing streams breathes life back into local communities.

Good, Better, Best: How Sustainable Should Computing Be?

As financial pressures on climate risk and reputation grow, computing industry executives have made new commitments to reduce carbon emissions and impact.

The architect making friends with flooding

One Chinese landscape designer has pioneered a new approach—working with water instead of trying to bend it to our will.

UN climate report: Carbon removal is now “essential”

Removing the greenhouse gas from the air will likely be necessary, along with radical emissions cuts, to keep temperatures from rising 2˚C.

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

On a barren lava plateau in Iceland, a new facility is sucking in air and stashing the carbon dioxide in rock. The next step: Build 10,000 more.

The Atlantic’s vital currents could collapse. Scientists are racing to understand the dangers.

So far, the efforts to observe the currents directly show they’re weirder and more unpredictable than expected.

Weather | Snow | Utah

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A History of Avalanche Mitigation in the Cottonwood Canyons

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon roads carve between steep mountains that are prone to avalanches in the winter. In fact, 57% of the 9-mile Little Cottonwood Canyon Road is in an avalanche runout zone. Still, recreationalists, residents, and canyon employees need to transport themselves up and down these canyons regularly and as safely as possible.

#Avalanche: In a world obsessed with social media, avalanche centers are relying more and more on the attention-grabbing platforms to better equip backcountry skiers

“Originally, we looked at social media very much as another way of disseminating the forecast,” said Ethan Greene, director of the CAIC. “We still do that, but have been using it more to engage people and try to get out information about current conditions as well as broader education out to people. It’s been a good way for people to ask questions, and we’ve done our best to address those questions.”

Avalanche Busters: A Historical Memoir of the Snowbird and Alta Ski Patrols

This historical memoir gives the reader a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes view of the founding of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and discloses how the ski patrol worked on the avalanche-ridden mountain.

Colorado Avalanches – Cement Fill Avalanche on Highway 550

Cement Fill Avalanche on Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado on March 10, 2019. Stop-motion images from Silverton Avalanche School video on Facebook.

Avalanche Problems Toolbox

Use the nine “Avalanche Problems” to understand avalanche types. Learn to approach the mountain with an eye toward current avalanche conditions and avalanche problems to assist in making wise terrain choices.

Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide & Map

The Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map is a three-dimensional map that, along with the companion Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide, provides a wealth of backcountry information. Cottonwood Canyons Weather Dashboard provides all you need to know weather-wise for the Cottonwood Canyons.

Web Resources

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

Yoast’s WordPress theme infographic.

Flexbox Tutorial by Sean Fioritto

This is an interactive video intro to flexbox and is comprised of 5 sections that walk through various parts of flexbox.

F.B. Purity – Clean Up and Customize Facebook

F.B. Purity is a browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customise Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to see, leaving behind the stories and page elements you do wish to see. The list of story types that FBP hides is customizable to your taste.

WPBeginner – Beginner’s Guide for WordPress

At WPBeginner, our main goal is to provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to understand for small businesses, bloggers, and non-techy WordPress website owners.

Auditing For Accessibility Problems With Firefox Developer Tools

The Firefox 70 Accessibility Inspector is an auditing facility to help identify and fix many common mistakes and practices to help improve site accessibility.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States.