WordPress, Autism, Facebook, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 29, 2012

A professor has released a Chrome tool that attempts to provide insight into the bias of the media that you regularly consume. “The ‘Balancer’ is a free plug-in for the Chrome browser that monitors the news sites you visit and shows whether your consumption is tilting right or left — with blue or red indicators, of course. Then it suggests news sites that could balance your intake.” I avoid reading political news as much as possible, but doing ResearchBuzz means I regularly interact with literally hundreds of news sources. I’m tempted to install this just to see what it does.

WordPress 3.5 Beta 1 is now available.

The Western Front, the official newspaper of Western Washington University, now has an online archive of back issues. When completed next spring it’ll go back to 1899.

Interesting. A department at Harvard used Facebook to advertise its offerings to students.

A new tool for studying autism: a public database of more than 1,000 brain scans of people with autism.

Wow. A project to photograph all of Britain’s publicly-owned art is almost complete; records will be online by the end of the year!

A new database maps state-owned properties in Ohio. “The system is accessible through the treasurer’s website (, and details of about 36,000 state-owned properties are included.”

Google’s FeedBurner continues its slide into oblivion. Those of you who get ResearchBuzz via FeedBurner, keep an eye out because it looks more and more like I’m going to have to move to something else. Good afternoon, Internet….

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