MH Ross, New Jersey Research, Chromosomal Fragile Sites, More: Monday Buzz, December 11, 2017


Georgia State University: New Digital Collection: M. H. Ross Papers. “The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online…. Ten boxes of documents and five audio recordings from the collection are currently available. Myron Howard ‘Mike’ Ross (1919-1987) was a union organizer, public health advocate, Progressive Party candidate, and researcher. Throughout his career, Ross worked with unions, including the United Mine Workers, the Mine, Mill, and Smelter workers, and the United Furniture Workers, as an organizer or arbitrator. He ran for public office twice: once in 1940 for a seat on city council on the People’s Platform in Charlotte, North Carolina, and again in 1948, for United States Congress on the Progressive Party ticket in North Carolina.”

ROI NJ: Database aims to keep research dollars in N.J.. “New Jersey is aiming to recoup research dollars that are escaping the state and elevate its research institutes with a new database initiative announced Wednesday. The inaugural meeting of the New Jersey Research Asset Database board of advisors, which is currently under development, confirmed that Amsterdam-based Elsevier has been selected to build the platform that will connect the state’s companies with research opportunities with five New Jersey universities.”

BioRxiv: HumCFS: A database of fragile sites in human chromosomes. “Genomic instability is the hallmark of cancer and several other pathologies, such as mental retardation; preferentially occur at specific loci in genome known as chromosomal fragile sites. HumCFS… is a manually curated database provides comprehensive information on 118 experimentally characterized fragile sites present in human chromosomes.”


Android Police: Google releases web app version of Chrome Remote Desktop. “Google is trying to phase out Chrome Web Store apps, in favor of more modern (and cross-platform) Progressive Web Apps. One of the most well-known Chrome apps is Chrome Remote Desktop, a remote management tool similar to VNC or TeamViewer. While it was originally designed to give Chromebooks a proper remote desktop application, it has also become popular as a TeamViewer alternative.”

Ars Technica: Chrome 63 offers even more protection from malicious sites, using even more memory. “To further increase its enterprise appeal, Chrome 63—which hit the browser’s stable release channel yesterday—includes a couple of new security enhancements aimed particularly at the corporate market.”

TechCrunch: Lytro’s ‘living pictures’ cease to live. “As part of its move away from consumer gear toward professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted its ‘living pictures,’ still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames. If you want to see light field images now, you’ll need to see them in the desktop app.” Another reason to dislike closed access and proprietary formats.


Peg Fitzgerald: How To Create Winning Instagram Stories. “Instagram Stories are one of the most creative types of video out there. They can be quick and spontaneous or planned out to the smallest detail.” Peg Fitzgerald does good work.

Wired: The Grand Tor: How To Go Anonymous Online. (Fifty points for the headline.) “Earlier this month, Tor announced an update to its so-called onion services, which use Tor’s anonymizing features to hide not just individual people on the web, but servers too, allowing for so-called dark web or darknet sites and other services that can’t be physically traced to any locatable computer. Beyond merely covering your tracks as you visit websites, the new feature has opened Tor up to a new range of applications, enabling a new generation of whistleblowing platforms and new forms of untraceable messaging…. Here’s how you can use Tor today, whether you want to want to browse controversial sites in peace, or send messages the NSA can’t peep.”


University at Buffalo: UB Libraries to preserve hundreds of rare musical recordings of famed 20th century composers . “The University at Buffalo Music Library has received funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to preserve more than 600 musical works performed at the university from 1964-80. Through the CLIR Recordings at Risk grant, the Music Library will work with Northeast Document Conservation Center to reformat 173 reel-to-reel tapes containing nearly 120 hours of live recitals of works by composers that include Pulitzer Prize-winners Charles Wuorinen and Elliott Carter, and Aaron Copland, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.”


4iQ: 1.4 Billion Clear Text Credentials Discovered in a Single Database. “While scanning the deep and dark web for stolen, leaked or lost data, 4iQ discovered a single file with a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials — the largest aggregate database found in the dark web to date. None of the passwords are encrypted, and what’s scary is the we’ve tested a subset of these passwords and most of the have been verified to be true.”

eWeek: How Facebook Users Can Thwart Imposters Who Spoof Their Identities. “Once upon a time, in another millennium and on another planet, a famous politician used the words, ‘Trust, but verify.’ Those days of genteel conversation are long gone, but those words of advice still apply, especially when we confront social media and other forms of digital communications.”


Google Blog: A look at one billion drawings from around the world. “Since November 2016, people all around the world have drawn one billion doodles in Quick, Draw!, a web game where a neural network tries to recognize your drawings…. Each drawing is unique. But when you step back and look at one billion of them, the differences fade away. Turns out, one billion drawings can remind us of how similar we are.” Good morning, Internet…

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