Monthly Archive: December 2020

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

Phone calls. Web searches. Location tracks. Smart speaker requests. They’ve become crucial tools for law enforcement, while users often are unaware. Illustration: Tracy J. Lee; Getty Images – By Sidney Fussell 2020 Dec 28 – Michael Williams’ every move was being tracked without …

How the Federal Reserve literally makes money

The Fed is ‘making’ a lot of money. Alex Wong/Getty Images – By William J. Luther, Assistant Professor of Economics, Florida Atlantic University 2020 Jun 10 The Federal Reserve has vowed to provide up to US$2.3 trillion in lending to support households, employers, …

How Venetians Invented Health Care 

Venice’s small footprint, dense population, unusual governmental structure, and its devotion to trade was a unique combination that fostered innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  – By Meredith F. Small 2020 Dec 06 – When Venetians invented quarantine in 1348, the government proclamation was based …

The science behind snowflakes

A snowflake is a small weather feature that can pack a big punch. – By Allison Chinchar, CNN meteorologist 2020 Dec 23 – Many are made up of just one single ice crystal while some, more elaborate snowflakes are comprised of as many …