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Mars Images, Brazil National Museum, Facebook, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 28, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Planetary Society: New Cameras on Mars!. “There was jubilation when InSight landed, but I’m just as happy to be writing about a distinct InSight event: The flow of raw images sent from Mars, straight to the Web, has begun. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has begun sharing images from InSight’s two cameras to the mission website.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Art Newspaper: Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum. “As months of seasonal rain descend on Rio de Janeiro, researchers working in the rubble of the gutted National Museum fear that the dampness could imperil salvaging efforts after September’s devastating fire. ‘There is rain and heat soon after, which is not good at all’ for the objects, the researcher Cláudia Carvalho told Globo earlier this month. Ceramics, metallic objects and meteorites are particularly vulnerable, she adds.”

The Guardian liveblogged the UK Parliamentary inquiry of Facebook, and it’s available here. I suspect there will be a followup article (or possibly lots) at some point.

CNET: Google-Firefox search deal gives Mozilla more money to push privacy. “An expanded Firefox search deal with Google helped push Mozilla revenue’s annual revenue up 8 percent to $562 million for 2017 — money that should come in handy as the nonprofit tries to salvage what’s good about the internet.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Self-Care Apps and Sites for Positive and Healthy Reminders. “In the rush of looking after your family, meeting your work requirements, and getting things done, it’s easy to neglect your own well-being. These websites, apps, and social accounts will ensure you remember to take care of yourself. Even five minutes of self-care is enough to make a big difference in how you feel. Whether it’s a reminder to take a break from work or an uplifting message that puts you in a positive frame of mind, there’s something for everyone here.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Global Voices AdVox: How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?. “The secret is out — Google is building a search engine for China. After deflecting questions from reporters for months, CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged in October Google’s plan to build a mobile app that will serve Chinese users — and thus comply with Chinese government censorship mandates. But big questions remain.”

Rabble .ca: A digital archive of feminist struggle in Canada. “Alana Cattapan is an assistant professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, and she is part of the organizing committee of Rise Up!, a digital archive of feminist activism in Canada. Scott Neigh interviews her about the importance of preserving social movement histories, about remembering Canadian feminist struggles, and about the work of Rise Up!” This is both a substantial text story and an audio segment.

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: US iOS users targeted by massive malvertising campaign. “A cyber-criminal group known as ScamClub has hijacked over 300 million browser sessions over 48 hours to redirect users to adult and gift card scams, a cyber-security firm has revealed today.” (Tuesday)

RESEARCH & OPINION

JSTOR: Not Everyone Wants Their Donations Touted on Facebook. “I study how someone’s identity affects their charitable giving. The twinge of self-consciousness I feel when asked to publicize my donation on social media or have my name revealed made me wonder why some donors broadcast their good deeds while others remain silent.”

BetaNews: Internet traffic set to explode over the next five years. “By 2022 more IP traffic will be created on global networks than in the entire 32 year life of the internet to date. This rather startling prediction comes from network infrastructure specialist Cisco which reckons that by 2022, 60 percent of the global population will be internet users. More than 28 billion devices and connections will be online, and video will make up 82 percent of all IP traffic.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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