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Battle of Gallipoli, Ocular Research, CRISPR, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, April 30, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

News Australia: New database will preserve records of Gallipoli battlefield artefacts forever. “AN ambitious, 13-year project to survey and preserve artefacts from the battlefields of Gallipoli is finally complete, with almost 2000 items ranging from rum jars to barbed wire, bullet casing and an old lunch-box uncovered.”

PR Newswire: MedGenome Launches Ophthatome Knowledgebase at ARVO 2018 (PRESS RELEASE). “MedGenome announced the launch of OphthatomeTM Knowledgebase, a database with more than 500,000 clinical phenotype records for ocular research at ARVO 2018, the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Ophthatome Knowledgebase was developed by MedGenome in collaboration with Narayana Nethralaya, a leading specialty eye-care hospital network based in Bangalore, India, and will be demonstrated at the conference April 29 – May 3.”

TechCrunch: Mammoth Biosciences launches a CRISPR-powered search engine for disease detection. “Most people tend to think of CRISPR as a groundbreaking gene-editing technology that can hunt down and snip away bits of DNA, like the cut and paste function on a keyboard. While many research projects tend to emphasize the potential of that process in replacing target bits of genetic material, for Mammoth Biosciences, the search function is the real game changer.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: How to Get the Most from the New Opera Touch . “Everyone seems to have loyalty to their favorite browsers. Sometimes the debate becomes as heated as the ever-present Android vs. iPhone debate. With browsers like Chrome and Firefox out there, some may not realize there are other browsers available — browsers like Opera.” Decent overview.

CNET: How to download all your Flickr photos. “It used to be a pain to retrieve lots Flickr photos, but no more. Three years ago, Yahoo added a bulk download mechanism and redesigned album pages to give your photos another out. Here’s a look at the two options. Note that you’ll need a computer — the download features aren’t in the phone or tablet app.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: Google Tasks review: Still more to do. “The new app is like a fresh coat of paint for the long-neglected Tasks built-in to Gmail, with a crisp, cleaner UI and the aspirations (at least on paper) to serve as a central hub for all your to-do items. Unfortunately, while Google may have made Tasks look better than ever, underneath the new facade is the same patchwork mess of missing features and competing services that it’s always been.”

Amateur Photographer: Photojournalism in the age of social media. “Canon’s current tag line is ‘Live for the Story’, and there could be no better expression of that sentiment than through the company’s 26-year sponsorship of World Press Photo, the Oscars of photographic journalism. Every year, in Amsterdam, many of the world’s premier photojournalists come together to share their own photo stories with each other and the wider world. But with the profession facing greater challenges and threats than ever before, I spoke to Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director of Canon Europe, and Richard Shepherd, Product Marketing Manager for Professional Imaging, Canon Europe, about Canon’s involvement in World Press Photo, and on the importance of story-telling in general.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues. “A French-born American has now sued his home country because, he claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has illegally seized a domain that he’s owned since 1994: France.com. In the mid-1990s, Jean-Noël Frydman bought France.com from Web.com and set up a website to serve as a ‘digital kiosk’ for Francophiles and Francophones in the United States.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Georgia Tech: IC Researchers Highlight Design Implications as Venezuelans Turn to Facebook for Barter, Exchange. “Consider a scenario in which economic turmoil and hyperinflation have made it nearly impossible to purchase many of life’s basic necessities. There are food and medicine shortages, and scammers purchase what is available in bulk in an effort to manage the flow and pricing of supplies at the expense of other citizens. How, then, might honest citizens go about navigating the challenging circumstances to procure the items they need to survive? It’s a familiar environment to Venezuelan citizens who, since an economic crisis gripped the country in 2014, have faced such barriers in their daily lives. Out of necessity, many have turned to online solidarity economies like Facebook groups that are dedicated to a fairer system of barter and exchange.” I had never heard the term “solidarity economy” before. Haverford College enlightened me.

Nieman Lab: How much of what local TV stations post to Facebook is actually local? For many, right around half. “If your only source of news is your local TV news station on Facebook, will your news and information needs around what’s going on in your community be met? The forecast isn’t good.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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