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Neural Development, Library of Congress Apps, Neil Young, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, September 17, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Firstpost: Researchers Make A Massive Map Of Changes That Our Brain Undergoes As An Infant. “Researchers from the St Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital have compiled a huge database with the many genetic changes that brain cells undergo as an embryo, and in the months immediately following birth.The findings from the study were published on 14 September in the journal Current Biology.The researchers isolated thousands of brain cells from a mouse model for the study.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches New Set of Educational Apps for Back to School. “The Library of Congress, in collaboration with educational organizations, today announced the launch of two new web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms. These new applications transport students through primary sources to some of the most dramatic turning points in U.S. history and immerse them in the related debates.”

New-to-me: an online collection of Neil Young fanzines. (And when I say fanzines, I’m not trying to be pejorative. Far from it.) From the About page: “Broken Arrow Magazine was the quarterly journal of the Neil Young Appreciation Society….The first issue came out in August 1981 with a print run of 150 magazines and a membership that had reached in excess of 100 hardy subscribers who were willing to take a gamble on the new enterprise. Their gamble paid off as the NYAS not only survived but went from strength to strength and in the following 33 years produced a total of 134 magazines.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Google Street View rival Mapillary collaborates with Amazon to read text in its 350M image database . “Mapillary, the Swedish startup that wants to take on Google and others in mapping the world by way of a crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, is taking an interesting step in the development of its platform. The company is now working with Amazon, and specifically its Rekognition API, to detect and read text in Mapillary’s database of 350 million images.”

The Next Web: Google mysteriously removes cryptocurrency wallets from Play Store. “Google removed at least three major cryptocurrency wallets from its Play Store overnight. While the reason for their removal is not immediately clear, Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver is blaming Google’s new cryptocurrency mining policy.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: Get Free Art and Design Critiques With Critiquer. “Perhaps the toughest part of improving your design skills is learning what you’re doing wrong. It helps if you have great taste and objectively compare your work to the works of others. But this is easier when you can have someone to critique your work with fresh eyes. Critiquer is a site designed exclusively for this purpose. It’s a free community of artists and digital designers who share their work, critique others, and hope to grow in the process.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Seychelles Nation: Civil Status digitises documents and records. “The digitisation of documents project at the Civil Status Department is nearing completion. The project which was started in 2016 is currently in the second phase whereby the final documents are being scanned to be entered and organised on a database. Digitisation is the process of converting documents and records into a digital format. The documents and records date back as far as 1800 and include birth, marriage and death certificates which have been registered on the inner islands.”

Quartz: Fortnite helped cause 5% of UK divorces this year. “The cause of marital discontent may be shifting in 2018, as the viral online video game Fortnite sweeps the globe. According to a new report from Divorce Online, a UK site offering information and services to people who are uncoupling, 200 divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited Fortnite as a reason for the separation.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNET: Almost half of US cellphone calls will be scams by next year, says report. “Many of us are already conditioned to ignore phone calls from unknown numbers. A new study seems to validate that M.O. By next year, nearly half of the mobile phone calls we get will be scams, according to a new report from First Orion, a company that provides calls management and protection for T-Mobile, MetroPCs, Virgin Mobile and others.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem. “Fast, reliable internet service has become essential for everything from getting news to finding a job. But 24% of rural adults say access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their local community, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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