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Battery Charging 19 mins – “A machine learning algorithm reveals how to quickly charge batteries without damaging them. Research Article: Attia et al. Simultaneously optimizing many design parameters in time-consuming experiments causes bottlenecks in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines1,2. One such example is process and control optimization for lithium-ion batteries during materials selection, cell manufacturing and operation. A typical objective is to maximize battery lifetime; however, conducting even a single experiment to evaluate lifetime can take months to years3,4,5. Furthermore, both large parameter spaces and high sampling variability3,6,7 necessitate a large number of experiments. Hence, the key challenge is to reduce both the number and the duration of the experiments required. Here we develop and demonstrate a machine learning methodology to efficiently optimize a parameter space specifying the current and voltage profiles of six-step, ten-minute fast-charging protocols for maximizing battery cycle life, which can alleviate range anxiety for electric-vehicle users8,9. …Using this methodology, we rapidly identify high-cycle-life charging protocols among 224 candidates in 16 days (compared with over 500 days using exhaustive search without early prediction), and subsequently validate the accuracy and efficiency of our optimization approach….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Buy and Hold Investing 44 mins – “What’s the toughest challenge for many investors? Staying the course for the long term. In this podcast, Paul discusses what he considers “the most useful information for investors.” While adding new insights to his Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy, Fine Tuning Your Asset Allocation and Distributions in Retirement articles and podcasts, Paul explores nine decades of returns for six asset classes that academics have studied for over 50 years. It turns out that the end result of the returns has been exactly what the academics predicted, but the trip was not an easy one for investors. See and download the Tables referenced here. Paul hopes that in understanding this, all investors — especially young investors — will see that the strategy with the most predictable returns is also the one with the best predictable returns, and maintain the focus and confidence to make it through the normal ups and downs of the market without giving up.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corona Virus Control 31 mins – “Josh Sharfstein is the vice dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was the principal deputy commissioner and at some point, the acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and he was the Commissioner of Health for the city of Baltimore. He is remarkably well qualified to talk about coronavirus crisis response at the federal, state, and local levels. He’s even written a book about managing public health crises, and he’s hosting a daily podcast of his own on the coronavirus crisis. He joined Benjamin Wittes in the virtual Jungle Studio to talk about the role of coercion in managing these crises, how the U.S. government has performed (and not performed), and what we should be doing differently to get the corona crisis under control.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Covid Afterwards 29 mins – “Like a lot of people, I have really gotten into listening to podcasts over the last year. They’re such an immersive way to learn about the world, and I like how the format lets you dive as deep on a topic as you want. So, I was inspired to start one of my own—but I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I couldn’t ask for a better partner on this project than Rashida Jones. A mutual friend suggested that the two of us might have a lot to talk about, and it turned out he was right. I already knew she was a talented actor, but I was impressed by her thoughtful perspective on the world. So, we decided to start a podcast that lets us think through some of today’s most pressing problems together. In our first episode, Rashida and I explore a big question that is top of mind for many people: what will the world look like after COVID-19? …Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go before life truly gets back to “normal.” Rashida and I were joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to discuss what to expect in the months to come. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dr. Fauci on a number of global health issues over the years, including the quest for an HIV vaccine and cure. He’s such a quiet and unassuming guy normally, so it’s been wild to watch him become a huge celebrity. Dr. Fauci and I are both optimistic that a vaccine will bring an end to the pandemic at some point in the near future. But what the world looks like after that is a lot less clear. I suspect that some of the digitization trends we’ve seen—especially in the areas of online learning, telemedicine, and remote work—will become a regular part of our lives. I hope this episode leaves you hopeful about the future and curious about what comes next.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Covid and CIA Activities 11 mins – “Like a marriage, a healthy relationship between an intelligence officer and an asset usually features ample attention and extensive energy. And of course, a lot of time spent with one another. But how do intelligence officers have the necessary face-to face-meetings when going outside is all but forbidden? What about conducting surveillance detection or servicing dead drops on empty streets in the coronavirus era? Three former CIA officers—Alex Finley, Jonna Mendez, and David Priess—explored this tricky topic in a recent article on Lawfare, which David reads in full for this edition of the Lawfare Podcast Shorts.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Covid and Emergency Powers 36 mins – “What can the president do in a national emergency? What limits what the president can do? What authorizes the president to do all those things he can do in a national emergency? Is the president abusing, misusing, using appropriately, or under-using emergency powers during the coronavirus crisis? And what are the logical end points for how far this could go? For this bonus edition, Benjamin Wittes got on the phone with Steve Vladeck to work through these questions and talk about all things presidential emergency powers.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Covid Inequality 30 mins – “The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but it’s been a lot harder for some. Here in the United States, we’ve seen how huge gaps in income, access to healthcare, and quality of education are being exacerbated by these extraordinary times. In the second episode of our podcast, Rashida and I ask a big question that has never felt more urgent: is inequality inevitable?” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
Covid Lab Results 14 mins – “In this Hippo Education bonus, Dr. Paul Simmons and Dr. Jay-Sheree Allen sit down to discuss what lab studies are recommended on admission of a COVID patient to the hospital, which labs are followed daily, and how they’re best used.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
Covid Response by DoD and State 34 mins – “On this bonus edition of the Lawfare Podcast, we have combined two conversations about about how the Department of State and the Department of Defense are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the impact on the workforce of these agencies, their efforts to assist and protect Americans abroad and domestically, and the broader national security and foreign policy consequences for the United States. Margaret Taylor sat down virtually with Robbie Gramer, the diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy magazine covering the State Department. And Scott Anderson sat down remotely with Katie Bo Williams, the senior national security correspondent for the Defense One news outlet.” At the link right-click “Direct download: DoD_and_State_Bonus_Edition.mp3” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Democracy Playbook 29 mins – “Democracies around the world are under assault, with their norms and institutions undermined by authoritarian actors. From Hungary to India and beyond, illiberal or populist governments are weakening the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the integrity of elections. As part of a two-episode Lawfare podcast series on the state of global democracy, Benjamin Wittes spoke with Alina Polyakova and Torrey Taussig about democracy promotion. Alina Polyakova is the president of the Center for European Policy Analysis, and Torrey Taussig is a non-resident fellow at Brookings’ Foreign Policy program and a research director of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. On Tuesday, we will release a second episode with experts at Freedom House on their annual “Freedom in the World” report. In this episode, Ben, Alina, and Torrey discussed “The Democracy Playbook,” a report by Alina and Torrey—along with Brookings experts Norman Eisen, Andrew Kenealy, and Susan Corke—outlining strategies that supporters of liberal democracy can implement to prevent and reverse democratic backsliding. They talked about Central and Eastern Europe, the drivers of democratic discontent, and how all of this compares to the situation in the United States.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Discovery vs Exploration 42 mins – “Our guest this week is Dr. J. Bryan Henderson, an assistant professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Part of Bryan’s research is geared towards using the science of learning to design physical and digital environments that encourage student interaction in evidence-based argumentation. This research has helped him to develop Braincandy, a suite of free, online formative assessment tools that seeks to help students better listen to and build upon differing ideas. Bryan joins us to discuss evidence-based argumentation, how Braincandy can be used to facilitate this practice, and how we can critically reflect on and evaluate student use of technology on their screens, beneath their screens and beyond their screens.
Disinformation on Vaccinations 28 mins – “For this episode of Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Alina Polyakova and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Renee DiResta, the technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory. Renee has done fascinating work on how technology platforms and algorithms interact with false and misleading narratives, ranging from misleading information on health issues to propaganda pushed by the Islamic State and the Russian government.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the archive file.
Foreign Agents Registration Act 31 mins – “This week on Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Joshua R. Fattal about a fascinating law review article he’s written: “FARA on Facebook: Modernizing the Foreign Agents Registration Act to Address Propagandists on Social Media.” The Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA, is an American law that requires lobbyists for foreign entities to register with the Justice Department. It made the headlines when Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed that Russians spreading social media disinformation around the 2016 election failed to register under the law. Josh argues that Mueller’s indictments represent an innovative new use of FARA—and he suggests that the law could offer a mechanism for the U.S. government to address disinformation campaigns.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_520.mp3,” then select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 1 Antediluvian 19 mins – “It all started long before a hurricane named Katrina.” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 2 Come Sunday 16 mins – “In New Orleans, the disaster wasn’t the hurricane. The disaster was what happened after.” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 3 Through the Looking Glass..19 mins.- “A universe of rumor and misinformation plays out on television.” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 6 Reckoning 24 mins – “How could the levees have failed?” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 7 Destiny..20 mins.- “People try to come home. But does home want them anymore?” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 8 Wake 36 mins – “Water, like history, repeats itself.” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Katrina 5 Exodus 20 mins – “A hero arrives. But not the one everyone expected.” At the link right-click “https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/floodlines/” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Learning Styles 21 mins – “That guest is Michelle Weise, who’s currently a senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, a philanthropic investment firm. Weise is someone who has herself changed careers, from her start as a college professor. She’s out with a new book called Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist Yet. She started writing the book before the pandemic—responding to the rapid changes in the job market that were already happening due to technology shifts like artificial intelligence and automation. But now she believes the COVID-19 virus and all the disruptions it has caused may accelerate the trends she was already seeing. In a nutshell, she thinks that we need to shift our thinking away from this idea that people go through a long period of education when they’re young and then shift to being a worker and no longer need to keep learning. She says to keep up with the way employment is going, people will need to find a way to combine working and learning throughout their lives.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Linux Replacing Windows 7 23 mins – “Windows 7 has reached the end of its life. It will no longer receive security updates and Microsoft’s technical support will stop. Running an out-of-date OS can have serious potential risks, and if you’re using Windows 7 connected to the Internet, you will have a problem. Fortunately, there are two simple solutions. Episode 390 Time Stamps 00:00 Going Linux #390 · Replacing Windows 7 00:56 Bill’s been redoing his whole machine with Makulu 06:17 Larry is sheltered in place with a paint brush 07:32 Ubuntu MATE website makeover 08:45 20.04 documentation 10:10 Ubuntu MATE fixes the Windows 7 Blues 12:30 Window 7 has reached the end of its life 12:59 Running an out of date operating system has serious risks 13:48 Why to install Ubuntu MATE to replace Windows 7 14:43 It’s modern and full-featured 15:29 No compromise on Apps 15:57 Web browser 17:10 Office suite 19:10 Audio streamer/player software 19:37 Video player 19:49 Photo organizer 20:35 Video calling with Windows, Mac, Chrome, and Linux users 21:28 Friendly community support 22:31 There is a software catalog of thousands of tested additional apps 23:47 Ubuntu MATE is secure 24:50 How do I get Ubuntu MATE? 25:59 Summary 26:43 Adopting Ubuntu MATE is easy 28:42 Make your computer work for you, not the other way around 33:07 goinglinux.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1-904-468-7889, @goinglinux, feedback, listen, subscribe 34:17 End” At the link find the title, “Going Linux #390 · Replacing Windows 7,” right-click “download [mp3]” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.