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The Decline of Local News ; Spider Silk Could Be Used as Robotic Muscle ; and More Picks

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The authors write, “The grand bargain of the digital age, in which consumers have traded their data for free services, is coming apart. And it may be too late to regain control of the personal data that's been bought, sold, and leaked all over the web for the past three decades.” Photo credit: pxhere (CCO)

Huge Wealth Fund in Norway Divesting From Oil and Gas (Jeff C.)

At least one major oil-producing nation is seeing the writing on the wall, and has begun taking big steps to move money out of fossil fuels.

Footage Contradicts US Claim That Nicolás Maduro Burned Aid Convoy (Dan, Russ)

The Trump administration and mainstream press accused the Maduro government of burning US humanitarian aid convoys sent to Venezuela. A New York Times analysis of the event disputes this claim.

Could Venezuela’s Power Outage Really Be a Cyber Attack? (Chris)

From Forbes: While the reality is that Venezuela’s blackout was most likely due to chronic underfunding of its electrical infrastructure and deferred maintenance, the idea of a foreign nation state manipulating an adversary’s power grid to force a governmental transition is very real.”

Cutbacks in Local News Leave Some Communities in the Dark (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “more than 1,400 other cities across the United States [have lost] a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University North Carolina.”

Spider Silk Could Be Used as Robotic Muscle (Mili)

From Science Daily: “Silk’s unique propensity to undergo supercontraction and exhibit a torsional behavior in response to external triggers such as humidity can be exploited to design responsive silk-based materials that can be precisely tuned at the nanoscale.”

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