Cover Preview: Science Magazine – June 10, 2022

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Predator control of marine communities increases with temperature across 115 degrees of latitude


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Robust variation in infant gut microbiome assembly across a spectrum of lifestyles


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Circadian alignment of early onset caloric restriction promotes longevity in male C57BL/6J mice


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Structure of the cytoplasmic ring of the Xenopus laevis nuclear pore complex

Book Reviews: Booklist Magazine – June 15, 2022

From Poet Warrior, by Joy Harjo, a Top 10 Memoirs title. Artwork: She Comes with Fire and Weaves the World, beadwork © Rainy Dawn Ortiz. Photograph: © Melissa Lukenbaugh. Used by Permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Spotlight on Biography & Memoir

Top 10 Biographies: 2022

Top 10 Memoirs: 2022

The Essentials: On the Front Lines for Social Justice

Walking Tour: Brașov In Transylvania, Romania

Brașov is a city in the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It’s known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes. Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square) in the cobbled old town is surrounded by colorful baroque buildings and is home to the Casa Sfatului, a former town hall turned local history museum. 

Wyoming Views: The Green River Drift Cattle Drive

Bill Whitaker saddles up for one of the last enduring symbols of the Old West, a Wyoming cattle drive that travels the same route pioneered 125 years ago.

Upper Green River Valley, Wyoming

Predating most federal land management agencies, the Green River Drift cattle trail has been continuously used since the 1890s by the Upper Green River Cattle Association ranchers to get cattle from spring pasture on the desert to summer pasture in the forest. Chilly fall weather causes the cattle to “drift” back out of the forest to return to their home ranches. The trail, 58 miles long with 41 miles of spurs, crosses BLM, State of Wyoming, National Forest, and private properties. It has played a pivotal role in the development of ranching in the area as well as in the development of relationships between Federal agencies that manage grazing allotments and private property owners. The Drift was listed on the National Register in November, 2013. Because it is still being used much as it has for more than 100 years, the Drift was listed as a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP), the first ranching related TCP in the nation.

Walking Tour: Budapest – Capital Of Hungary (4K)

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. 

Preview: The Economist Magazine – June 11, 2022

Artificial intelligence’s new frontier

The promise and perils of a breakthrough in machine intelligence

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Picture a computer that could finish your sentences, using a better turn of phrase; or use a snatch of melody to compose music that sounds as if you wrote it (though you never would have); or solve a problem by creating hundreds of lines of computer code—leaving you to focus on something even harder. In a sense, that computer is merely the descendant of the power looms and steam engines that hastened the Industrial Revolution. But it also belongs to a new class of machine, because it grasps the symbols in language, music and programming and uses them in ways that seem creative. A bit like a human.

The “foundation models” that can do these things represent a breakthrough in artificial intelligence, or ai. They, too, promise a revolution, but this one will affect the high-status brainwork that the Industrial Revolution never touched. There are no guarantees about what lies ahead—after all, ai has stumbled in the past. But it is time to look at the promise and perils of the next big thing in machine intelligence.

Tours: The Gardens At Hanbury Hall In England

The gardens at Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire are thought to be one of the most faithful recreations of the formal style used by 18th-century garden designer George London.

Watch this video to find out how the National Trust has created a sunken parterre, bowling green and veg garden using plans made in 1730. You’ll learn about how rhythmic planting scales, ordered planting and bare soil have been used to revive a long-forgotten style and approach.

The National Trust protects and cares for places so people and nature can thrive. Everyone can get involved, everyone can make a difference. Nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever.

Morning News: January 6 Attack Hearings, U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

The panel investigating the January 6 attack shares its findings in a televised primetime hearing. The US seeks private funds for immigration issues. 

And a fraught Supreme Court readies the most high-profile rulings of its term. NPR is doing its annual survey to better understand how listeners like you spend time with podcasts. 

Front Page: Wall Street Journal – June 9, 2022

U.S., Allies Try to Restrain Surging Global Oil Prices

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said this week that the U.S. was involved in “extremely active” talks with European allies about efforts to form a buyers’ cartel and set a cap on the price of Russian oil.