Fruit, Soybeans, Georgia, More: Afternoon Buzz, June 11, 2014

Historical Savannah GA newspapers are now available at the Digital Library of Georgia. “The archive will provide access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), and the Savannah Republican (1809-1868).”

According to research at Cornell, emotional contagion is possible across social networks. So when Facebook witholds updates from pages or friends… is it going to be held responsible for the ensuing emotional state? “When it hasn’t been your day – your week, your month, or even your year – it might be time to turn to Facebook friends for a little positive reinforcement. According to a new study by social scientists at Cornell, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Facebook, emotions can spread among users of online social networks.”

Google has released security updates for Chrome and Chrome OS. If you’re using them, patch patch patch.

More Google: don’t want to miss any World Cup matches? Google Calendar to the rescue.

A new Web site provides information on fruit genome databases. “Called “tree fruit Genome Database Resources,” or tfGDR, the website ( accesses several databases that house genomic, genetic and breeding resources for 22 major horticultural crops. It includes videos and articles that highlight the role genomics, breeding and these databases in particular are playing in solving industry problems in fruit production.”

Somewhat related: a free online database for soybean studies is now available. “The Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), a free online data resource, allows collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research.”

Genealogy peeps, FamilySearch is offering a beginning Hispanic research Webinar in English on June 21st.

I missed this last week: the Food and Drug Administration has launched openFDA. An API, in other words. “OpenFDA utilizes a search-based Application Program Interface (API) to collect large amounts of existing publicly available data, offering developers the ability to search through text within that data, ranking results much like a search using Google would do. This method then allows them to build their own applications on top of openFDA, giving them a large amount of flexibility to determine what types of data they would like to search and how they would like to present that data to end-users. This enables a wide variety of applications to be built on one common platform.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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