Tomato Expression Atlas, SS Great Britain, Google Photos, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, February 12, 2018


Cornell Chronicle: New ‘Tomato Expression Atlas’ dives deep into the fruit’s flesh. “From fried green tomatoes to pizza pie, the world savors the tomato across many stages of ripeness, each with its unique qualities. How a fruit ripens has long been an important question for breeders, and the subject of an extensive and fruitful collaboration involving researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

Bristol 24/7: The Story Of Every Person Who Ever Travelled On The SS Great Britain. “After 18 months of painstaking work, volunteers at the SS Great Britain have unveiled a huge new database that holds all the names and details of every single person that ever traveled on the ship throughout its lifetime – both crew and passengers – offering an insight into their life on board.”


Gadgets 360: Google Photos Uses AI to Turn Your Photos Into Themed Movies . “Google Photos has received an update that lets you leverage its built-in artificial intelligence (AI) technology to start creating perfect themed movies directly using your existing photos. The ability to create movies from photos isn’t new for Google Photos since it’s been an intrinsic part of the Google Photos app for a long time. However, Google has now expanded the original movie building feature with the option to create themed movies.”


Lifehacker: How to Track How Many Olympic Medals Each Country Has Won in Real Time. “Keeping track of where all those medals are going can be a pretty epic task. Online mapping company Esri has created a really sleek way of doing it through an interactive map where you can see a visual representation of where all the medals are going.”

Poynter: These tools will help you find the right images for your stories. “It’s a hard sell to get anyone to read an article online if that article doesn’t have an image. Most audiences find posts through social or search, both of which have a visual element. Articles without images show up as boring texts blocks that few will see and even fewer will click through. But what do you do if you don’t have an image? Luckily, there are a variety of image hosting sites with generous licenses that journalists can sort through. No image, no problem.” Just as interesting — possibly more interesting — than the article itself is what was written in response to the article. See the note at the top of the page.

Mashable: A step-by-step guide on how to revert back to the pre-redesigned Snapchat. “All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesign which merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories. It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch.”


Scroll: With rare photos and letters, a web archive is piecing together the life of film historian BD Garga. “Bhagwan Das Garga’s contributions as a documentary filmmaker and unparalleled chronicler of Indian cinema are widely known. But who was Bhagwan Das Garga, the person? For the past two years, the Delhi film collective Lightcube has been working hard to produce an answer. A team of five people, along with BD Garga’s wife Donnabelle, is developing an online archive that will provide a peek into lesser-known aspects of the film historian’s life and adventures.”

Splitsider: How Facebook Is Killing Comedy. “Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content. Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, Matt Klinman took to Twitter, writing, ‘Mark Zuckerberg just walked into Funny or Die and laid off all my friends.'” This is a good read but FYI there is a bit of swearing.


Bellingcat: Dutch Police Social Media Activity Raise Privacy Concerns. “Following a Bellingcat workshop, a group of investigative journalists from the Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV spent the last six months investigating social media platforms used by the Dutch National Police Force. After analyzing data and footage from YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, we reached the following conclusion: Dutch police are sometimes careless with the privacy of victims or suspects. Thomas Mulder, one of the journalists, explains how they conducted their investigation.”


Artnet: Leonardo da Vinci Hid Invisible Drawings in His Sketches. Now High-Tech Scanners Have Brought Them to Light. “Most striking of all are two blank sheets of paper that are now known to hold invisible studies for hands. High-energy X-ray fluorescence has revealed the sketches called Studies of hands for the Adoration of the Magi. The technology also clarifies how these incredible drawings managed to vanish in plain sight over the centuries. Because of the high content of copper in da Vinci’s metal stylus, a chemical reaction transformed the lines into transparent copper salt.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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