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Woodrow Wilson, University of Denver Newspapers, European Old-Growth Forests, More: Tuesday Buzz, May 29, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online . “The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency.”

University of Denver: Preserving the Press: Digitization Keeps the Clarion Accessible to All. “Some 47 years after their publication, the yellowing pages of an archived Denver Clarion show their age with every crinkling turn. But the smile on the face of the sexagenarian flipping through them looks like it came fresh off the morning presses.”

University of Vermont: New Map Shows Many Old-growth Forests Remain In Europe. “Though you might read about deep, dark woods in fairy tales, the prevailing story today is that very little European old-growth forest remains. But now a new study—and map—shows that a surprising number of these primary forests still stand.”

WUSF: USF Students Create A Website That Shows Homeowners Their Flood Risk. “One thing would-be homeowners in Florida have to worry about is if their potential property might be affected by flooding in a hurricane. Now, a pair of USF graduate students have created a database that helps tell people if that might be the case.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

SEO Roundtable: New Google News Drops RSS Feed Subscription Buttons. “With the new Google News, they didn’t just drop the standout tag and editors pick but it seems like the direct method to subscribe to Google News via RSS and Google News keyword searches is gone. There are still ways to subscribe, but the buttons seem to be gone in the new design.” Is Google TRYING to make Google News as awful as possible?

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Search For Flights By Legroom With This Chrome Extension. “If legroom is a concern for you (and it probably is for us all), The Legroom for Google Flights Chrome extension can help. Once installed, whenever you do a Google search for flights, the average legroom for seats will show up for all of your search results.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Rappler: Fire hits Land Management Bureau, National Archives in Manila . “A fire which began past midnight on Monday, May 28, at the Land Management Bureau (LMB) building has spread to neighboring structures, including the Juan Luna Building, which houses the administrative offices of the National Archives of the Philippines (NAP).”

University of California: Digitizing Thomas Edison’s record label. “Henry Ford’s Old Time Dance Orchestra, Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 campaign address and a how-to on sending and receiving Morse code. These are among the thousands of recordings Thomas A. Edison’s record label captured on its ‘Diamond Discs.’ A novel technology between 1912 and 1929, the discs were so named for the matching — and requisite — Edison phonograph record player fitted with a permanent conical diamond stylus…. For more than a century, however, these recordings have been held hostage by an obscure format, which has rendered them silent.”

BBC: Waddingtons board games archive reveals wacky finds. “When one of Britain’s biggest game makers folded it left behind a huge archive of titles. But for every family favourite, there were quite a few you might not have heard of.” I also have to include this sentence, which you will not see every day: “The snappily-titled Grade Up to Elite Cow – imagine Monopoly but with cattle – probably has the most uses of the word ‘semen’ ever seen in a board game.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Vermont passes first first law to crack down on data brokers. “While Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are hogging the spotlight, data brokers that collect your information from hundreds of sources and sell it wholesale are laughing all the way to the bank. But they’re not laughing in Vermont, where a first-of-its-kind law hems in these dangerous data mongers and gives the state’s citizens much-needed protections.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Brookings Institution: The West is ill-prepared for the wave of “deep fakes” that artificial intelligence could unleash. “To get ahead of new problems related to disinformation and technology, policymakers in Europe and the United States should focus on the coming wave of disruptive technologies, write Chris Meserole and Alina Polyakova. Fueled by advances in artificial intelligence and decentralized computing, the next generation of disinformation promises to be even more sophisticated and difficult to detect.”

Bloomberg: Facebook Is Designing Its Own Chips to Help Filter Live Videos. “Facebook Inc. is working on designing computer-chips that are more energy-efficient at analyzing and filtering live video content, its chief artificial intelligence scientist Yann LeCun said.” Good morning, Internet…

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