The Obtain: dealing with excessive warmth, and replicating superconductor outcomes

That is at present’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the planet of know-how.

How scorching is simply too scorching for the human physique?

There’s no different method to say it: it’s scorching. Temperatures this summer season have but once more damaged information, and all over the world, local weather change is pushing the boundaries of what we will deal with. So our local weather reporter Casey Crownhart requested the specialists: how scorching is simply too scorching for the human physique?

To maintain our our bodies at their comparatively secure core temperature of round 98.6 °F (37 °C), we consistently lose warmth. It’s a course of that may be sped up by sweating. However the entire balancing act can get derailed after we’re uncovered to excessive warmth. In case your physique isn’t in a position to cool itself down quick sufficient, an entire cascade of issues can begin, from stressing out your coronary heart to throwing your kidneys and liver into chaos.

Sounds unhealthy, huh? Right here’s some excellent news: to some extent, our our bodies can and do alter barely to the warmth. However there’s solely a lot folks can endure—which may fluctuate by particular person or place, however limits exist. That’s partly why warmth is an fairness problem: not everybody has entry to cooling, or the flexibility to shelter inside when temperatures rise. Learn the complete story. 

This story is from The Spark, Casey’s weekly publication retaining you recent on all issues to do with power and local weather change. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you at present’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Researchers are racing to duplicate the LK-99 superconductor 
It appears unlikely they’ll succeed, however for now there’s nonetheless a little bit hope amid all of the hype. (Wired $)
Even when the claims aren’t backed up, they might nonetheless result in progress. (New Scientist $)
Both means, it’s a gradual, painstaking course of, so we received’t know for some time. (CNET)

2 Ocean temperatures are rising
That’s each bit as unhealthy because it sounds. (The Atlantic $)
And it’s not solely disastrous for corals. It threatens your complete oceanic ecosystem. (Wired $)
There are additionally report low ranges of Antarctic sea ice this yr. (NYT $)

three AI is shaking up YouTube’s thumbnail trade
Cue a lot consternation from designersnevertheless it’s nonetheless unclear how a lot it’ll influence their jobs. (Remainder of World)
Meta has launched a brand new music AI mannequin. (The Verge)
AI fashions can worsen over time. (Scientific American $) 
A prime gaming YouTuber is making an attempt to switch himself with AI. (Wired $)

four What we have to know concerning the new wave of weight problems medicine 
They work properly—however we don’t precisely know why, or who’s finest suited to them. (Nature)
Once you shed weight, the place does it go? (MIT Expertise Assessment)

5 Twitter Blue subscribers now have the choice to cover their blue checks
Which does beg the query of what, precisely, it’s that they’re left paying for. (Ars Technica)
What on earth ought to we name Twitter now? (NYT $)

6 Etsy is scrambling to cease a sellers’ strike
Distributors say that the platform’s insurance policies are leaving them out of pocket. (Quartz)
+ Why everybody’s happening strike this summer season. (Vox)

7 Tesla is lastly beginning to get extra opponents for EV charging
The essential factor will likely be making an attempt to get everybody to converge on a single normal. (IEEE Spectrum)
Within the conflict of the EV chargers, it’s Tesla vs. everybody else. (MIT Expertise Assessment)

eight Please associates, let’s hold theaters phone-free zones 📵
Taking images of your TV at dwelling? Knock your self out! At a theater? Completely not. (WSJ $)

9 Sick of relationship apps? Strive Google Docs.
Individuals are penning ‘date me docs’ within the hope it’d assist them discover higher matches. (NYT $)

10 An important metric for climate: dew level 💧
The upper it’s, the extra of a sweaty mess you’ll really feel. (Vox)

Quote of the day

“Oh my God. Wow.”

Uber’s chief govt Dara Khosrowshahi’s response after an interviewer informed him he paid $51.69 for a three-mile experience to the corporate’s annual product occasion in New York, the Guardian experiences. 

The massive story

The 2-year combat to cease Amazon from promoting face recognition to the police 

facial recognition fails


June 2020

In the summertime of 2018, almost 70 civil rights and analysis organizations wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos demanding that Amazon cease offering Rekognition, its face recognition know-how, to governments. 

Regardless of the mounting strain, Amazon continued pushing Rekognition as a software for monitoring “folks of curiosity”. However two years later, the corporate shocked civil rights activists and researchers when it introduced that it will place a one-year moratorium on police use of the software program. Learn the complete story.

—Karen Hao

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+ I guess you’ll be taught one thing new from this publish about how inaccurate our maps of the world actually are.

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