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January 30, 2019
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Why is ice slippery?
Polar temps in Chicago proved excellent fodder for The Onion. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Why is ice slippery?
Why it matters: With much of the US blanketed by a polar vortex, those of you cooped up inside might like this story about why all that ice out there is slippery.

Speaking of the polar vortex, I gotta hand it to The Onion ... this is pretty funny.
Vox (1/30) 
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The privacy cold war in Silicon Valley got a bit warmer
Why it matters: Apple's move to revoke Facebook's enterprise developer certificate is yet another skirmish in the battle over user privacy. Apple deployed the measure after it was reported that Facebook was paying users, some as young as 13 years old, $20 a month to track their user data.

Google has also been collecting user data via a similar program, but Apple hasn't taken action on the matter ... yet.
Recode (1/30),  TechCrunch (1/30) 
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Boeing had a good day, but is turbulence ahead?
Why it matters: The US plane manufacturer is crushing it - chalking up more than $100 billion in revenue and delivering 806 commercial planes to its customers in 2018 (a record for the company). Bravo to Boeing and its CEO Dennis Muilenberg.

However, seemingly blue skies ahead could get cloudy. Passenger air travel is projected to increase in the coming years, but a recession could change that. A trade war could also disrupt Boeing's global supply chain and its ability to sell planes to China. Plus, pesky questions persist about the role the design of the new Boeing 737 MAX8 might have played in a crash that killed 187 people last October.
Quartz (1/30),  Reuters (1/30) 
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131 antibiotic-resistant genes were detected in Arctic soil
Why it matters: Researchers have discovered 131 antibiotic-resistant genes in soil on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Genes that are resistant to antibiotic are a major health threat, so the discovery of the genes in such a remote location means they have spread farther than researchers previously thought. The discovery also highlights how the handling of antibiotics is a global issue, rather than a local one.
Down To Earth (1/30),  ScienceAlert (Australia) (1/30) 
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People Do Cool Things
Influence is a two-way street between parents and kids
Why it matters: Hat tip to WYWW reader Edwin Stafford and the team at Utah State University for their cool work highlighting the societal influencers many parents often overlook: their children.

The team at USU launched a competition whereby high school students create posters to influence behavior on topics like the environment (the valleys in Utah are particularly susceptible to pollution from cars and wood burning stoves). But rather than just hang the posters all over the state and hope for the best, the USU team began surveying the students' parents to see if the kids and their poster activities were changing habits at home. The majority of the parents said the message their kids were conveying helped put the issue in a new perspective. You can read more about the study here.

We talk a lot here at WYWW about things parents do that have an influence on their kids, but it's important to remember kids can have a pretty big influence on parents too.
Fast Company online (1/11) 
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For Your Wish List
Finally, a robot to mow the lawn
Why it matters: It's a Roomba for lawns! I want one.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (1/30) 
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This is Cool
Google helped you avoid accidentally visiting the wrong website
Why it matters: Obviously, Google is great at helping you find websites. But now Google will help you avoid visiting the wrong website when you try to enter the URL on your own and make a typo.
ZDNet (1/30) 
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The Dagger Ball
Amazon green lit a documentary series about soccer star Sergio Ramos
Why it matters: As a die-hard FC Barcelona fan, I will not be watching a documentary about Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos. Amazon probably would have been smarter to do a show about Gerard Pique, the man who plays the same position as Ramos for long-time rivals FC Barcelona. Pique is married to Shakira, so that show would have attracted fans of sports and music!
Variety (1/30) 
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Your Future
Happy Hour Fun
Why are some drugs illegal?
Why it matters: History - as opposed to what a drug actually does to the body - often has an out-sized influence over whether a drug is determined to be legal or not.
The Conversation (US) (1/30) 
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More Jenga!
Why it matters: On Monday, we talked about Louis Vuitton Jenga. Today, it's robot Jenga.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (1/30) 
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About the Editors
Sean McMahon
Sean McMahon
Since I joined SmartBrief in 2003, I have produced content on a variety of topics including finance, energy, infrastructure, politics, telecommunications and international development.

On days like this, I really miss the sunny beaches of SoCal. Stay warm out there!

Today's edition of WYWW was edited whilst listening to "Welcome To The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance. If you like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, you will probably like this one. I have created a WYWW playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs I list in this space. Enjoy!

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