Password managers are a pain to set up, but they make us feel safe. Read this story and think again!
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) welcomes constructive ideas that might help solve the world's problems, grouped into four categories: LEARN, CURE, FUEL, MAKE. Contest winners in each category will go to the United Nations on March 7, 2017, to present their ideas. Learn more, read the challenges, and propose solutions at this link: SOLVE
New installation at Coyote Point in San Mateo lets visitors visualize how sea-level rise impacts bayside and coastside.
The San Francisco Chronicle "Insight" section Sunday, April 17, is loaded with goodies for anyone interested in social media, print media, Internet trolls, selfie obsessions, smartphone abuse, technology addiction, etc. Here are two of the best pieces:
Sign up here to get an email whenever the International Space Station passes overhead. Warning: Don't bother on foggy or cloudy nights.
Here's some intriguing new research on what makes smart people happier: Is it more friends or more space?
It's complicated: part religion, part politics, part astrophysics. Historian and columnist Dr. Amanda Foreman explains at the link above.
Is Caltrans paying attention?
The night of February 23-24, observers across the western half of North America witnessed a spectacular cluster of bright lights in the sky. It was the re-entry and disintegration of a Chinese rocket body. Coincidentally, a geomagnetic storm was in progress at the time and more than one photographer caught the rocket's debris cutting across curtains of Northern Lights. Visit spaceweather.com for photos and more information.
Government pilots brave turbulent skies looking for answers to the California drought.
Tales of Woe
Carlos Avila Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle
San Mateo County Library (including branches in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay) now offers eReaders for checkout at all 12 library locations countywide. In an effort to expand digital collections, an initial 65 tablets have been added as part of the library’s In Luck collection. As with other In Luck items, the eReaders are available first-come, first-served for a three-week checkout. Nook HD eReaders are preloaded with selected best sellers and come with a carrying case, charger, and instructions.
Rapid growth in eBooks has created an even greater demand for digital content at public libraries. San Mateo County Library is pleased to help bridge the digital divide by providing these devices to those users who could not otherwise afford this technology. Upcoming expansions of this program will include additional eReaders with titles for children and teens.