Library of Congress, Planetary Maps, Armenia Herbs, More: Monday Buzz, October 1, 2018


Library of Congress: Try the New Experimental Chrome Browser Extension. “Have you ever found yourself reading a news story about legislation, and wished that you could quickly discover the primary source that the article discusses? With that use case in mind, we are excited to bring you an experimental, open source Google Chrome browser extension that will provide you with enhanced access to from third-party webpages, such as news sites.”

Space: Travel Through Space and Time with 400 Years of Planetary Maps. “Maps are a key tool for making sense of places we live or hope to one day explore, so it’s no wonder that for hundreds of years, humans have been creating maps of other worlds in our solar system. And more than 2,200 such maps, created over the course of four centuries, are now gathered on one website, unveiled at last week’s European Planetary Science Congress held in Berlin. The website, called the Digital Museum of Planetary Mapping, allows you to browse images by the decade of their creation, the world they depict or the type of data the map displays.”

Smithsonian: Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Time. “A few years ago, Serda Ozbenian and two friends were hiking, searching for bezoar goats around southeast Armenia’s Smbataberd Fortress, when they noticed a patch of wild stinging nettle growing near the ruin’s entrance. While most visitors come to this centuries-old hilltop site for a dose of history and mountain views, the three self-proclaimed food enthusiasts were, at least for the moment, more taken with the edible plants. As they gathered bunches of nettles, applauding their luck and discussing recipes for yeghinchov abour (nettle soup) and jingalov hats—an Armenian stuffed-bread filled with wild nettle and dill — an idea was born: Why not create a user-friendly database to help other foragers find caches of edible herbs?”


CNET: Overhauled Brave browser beta gets max privacy with Tor-powered private tabs. “Brave, the ad-blocking browser in the midst of a major overhaul, once again has an option for private tabs augmented by the Tor Project’s technology for keeping websites from tracking you online.”


Forbes: These Tools Make It Easy To Find Women And People Of Color In The Food Business. “We often hear how hard it is to find talented women and people of color to work in the food business. These simple, smart resources are making it easier than ever to find them—and eat at their food businesses.”

Lifehacker: Ditch Gmail With These Alternatives. “It’s not a stretch to assume you probably use Gmail—it seems like most of the world does, these days. That reality has created consternation over some of the recent privacy and security-related changes to Gmail and Google Chrome.”


Times Union: Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist. “When a ransomware cryptovirus that originated in Russia struck the Fulton History newspaper website Sept. 7 in Oswego County, it caused one of the world’s most extensive newspaper digitization projects, more than 44 million pages worth, to crash. In an instant, Tom Tryniski’s astonishing accomplishment — homegrown and hand-built across 20 years of relentless toil and an investment of tens of thousands of dollars – seemed to have been obliterated by rogue hackers.” I have so much admiration for this man.

Ars Technica: Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR. “Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front: Oculus Quest is not the wireless, PC-free version of the Rift you may have been dreaming of. The Snapdragon 835 SoC powering Quest is much closer to a mid-range mobile phone than the Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card (and surrounding Windows PC) required to run a tethered Rift. The field of view and maximum refresh rate on the Quest both seem more comparable to the portable Oculus Go, which is a bit of downgrade from the Rift as well (though we have yet to confirm precise numbers for any of these devices).”

TIME: Why Should Users Trust Facebook? It’s a Hard Question for Mark Zuckerberg to Answer. “On a call with reporters Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Rosen said the company had fixed the vulnerability and temporarily disabled the ‘View As’ feature amid an investigation into exactly what happened. While their review had not yet shown that the attackers leveraged the access for nefarious purposes — such as posting to people’s accounts or accessing their private messages — the company couldn’t say who the attackers were, what motivated them or what might be uncovered down the line. Facebook, they said, had alerted and was working with the FBI. As he fielded questions, Zuckerberg went into detail about the steps the company is taking in the wake of this particular snafu, but he struggled to provide fresh perspective on the big picture. Why, he was asked multiple times, should users should continue to trust Facebook, in the wake of another breach of trust?”


Motherboard: How 50 Million Facebook Users Were Hacked. “Facebook revealed more details about how hackers exploited three distinct bugs to get the ability to control up to 50 million users’ accounts.”

BBC News: Egypt sentences activist for ‘spreading fake news’. “A court in Egypt has given human rights activist Amal Fathy a two-year-suspended sentence and a fine for ‘spreading fake news’. She has been in detention since May after posting a video criticising the government over the extent of sexual harassment in the country.”


EurekAlert: Educating the next generation of medical professionals with machine learning is essential. “Artificial intelligence (AI) driven by machine learning (ML) algorithms is a branch in the field of computer science that is rapidly gaining popularity within the healthcare sector. However, graduate medical education and other teaching programs within academic teaching hospitals across the U.S. and around the world have not yet come to grips with educating students and trainees on this emerging technology.” Good morning, Internet…

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