writes: Measuring temperatures in cities is particularly important because of the urban heat island effect, which makes cities warmer than surrounding areas due to a number of factors including the heat-absorbing properties of urban materials such as asphalt. Researchers aim to better understand the urban heat island effect and learn ways to counteract it, as it puts residents at increased risk during heat waves.and leads to increased energy use in cooling buildings. Now, researchers have shown that the battery temperatures of smartphones across a city can provide detailed information on urban temperatures. Researchers developed an algorithm that correlates battery temperature to ambient temperature while accounting for effects such as the phone's insulation and the body heat of owners.Link to Original Source
writes: Norman Gurley, 30, is facing drug-related charges in Lorain County, Ohio, despite the fact that state troopers did not actually find any drugs in his possession.
Ohio passed a law in 2012 making it a felony to alter a vehicle to add a secret compartment with the “intent” of using it to conceal drugs for trafficking.Link to Original Source
writes: The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.
American representatives have made it clear that they won't tolerate such checks on their global surveillance network.Link to Original Source
writes: When Google announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company’s much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles. Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project.Link to Original Source