Harvard Scientist Proposes Arctic Refreeze to Prevent Global Warming Disaster – Regardless of whether you believe in global warming (I do, for the record), the science behind Dr. David Keith’s proposal to refreeze the arctic is pretty cool. According to the Mashable article, Dr. Keith’s theory stems from a 1991 eruption in the Philippines which sent 15 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere which cooled the Earth for almost two years. To engineer this on a massive level would cost $8 billion and is considered radical but still pretty cool.Mashable
How a terrible music video cheated its way to 8.5 million views – The news that Amazon is deleting reviews based on a secret algorithm designed to reduce review rigging is no surprise to readers here and not altogether unwelcome. Authors like J. A. Konrath thinks that there is no harm when an author engages in this “chicanery” as the NYTimes calls it. Fraud could be another term (a detrimental reliance on a material and deliberate mistatement). Amazon is not the only provider of content cracking down on what it believes to be fraudulent reviews.
Google just stripped Sony and Universal of some 2 billion views on their YouTube channels. Google, like Amazon, is the target of unscrupulous social media tactics from a familiar source – Fiverr, a place where an author can buy reviews, one can also buy views on Youtube, increasing the videos relevancy in search engine results. Google is trying to address this by stripping viewcounts for channels that have improperly inflated views. Daily Dot
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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