Skin Cancer in England, Oceania Mythology, New Jersey Law Enforcement, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 3, 2018


Science Daily: Skin cancer rates in England far higher than previously thought, according to new database . “Data from the newly established UK skin cancer database, the largest database of its kind in the world, has revealed that there are over 45,000 cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (cSCC) every year in England, 350 per cent more than previous estimates suggested. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer.”

New York Review of Books: ‘Oceania,’ Art of the Islands. “‘Oceania’ is not the historical, ethnographic show that Western museum-goers might expect. At the entrance a shimmering wave of blue material cascades from the ceiling. Titled Kiko Moana, this flowing wave uses ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery, layering, and cutting, but it’s a contemporary work in polyethylene and cotton, created by four Maori women from the Mata Aho Collective in New Zealand who have also compiled an online archive of stories about the supernatural spirits of the waters. Old and new technologies meet.”

NJ .com: How we built the largest database of police force in N.J. history. “In the 17 years since the Attorney General’s Office first required police to report when they use force, in hopes of identifying problematic officers, departments and trends, the system has been virtually ignored. It took a landmark New Jersey Supreme Court ruling 16 months ago to make these reports fully available to the public. To produce The Force Report, NJ Advance Media filed 506 public records requests and collected 72,607 use-of-force forms covering 2012 through 2016.”


Google Blog: Grow with Google is coming to a library near you. “To support the amazing work of libraries throughout the country, Google and the American Library Association are launching the Libraries Ready to Code website, an online resource for libraries to teach coding and computational thinking to youth. Since we kicked off this collaboration last June, thirty libraries across the U.S. have piloted programs and contributed best practices for a ‘by libraries, for libraries’ hub. Now, the 120,000 libraries across the country can choose the most relevant programs for their communities.”

TechCrunch: YouTube rolls out Stories to creators with over 10K subscribers . “A year ago, YouTube launched its own take on Stories, with the addition of a new short-form video format called Reels. The feature, which was rebranded as ‘YouTube Stories’ at last year’s VidCon, was initially available only to select YouTube creators. But in June, YouTube said it would later in the year expand Stories to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers. Today, it has done just that.”

The Verge: Google employees raise more than $200,000 in pledges for strike fund. “A prominent Google employee said today that workers had pledged more than $100,000 for a strike fund, an amount she would also match, following more news about the company’s controversial plans for China.”


MakeUseOf: 7 Nifty Tools You Can Use to Create Project Timelines. “You may have seen a timeline of a friend’s journey on Facebook over the years and thought that was a particularly attractive and striking way to condense information into a simple diagram. But timelines are not limited only to Facebook users.” This is a weird but interesting mix of project management timeline tools and historical timeline tools.

Everybody’s Libraries has started a Public Domain Day Advent Calendar. “During the month of December, this blog will feature various works from 1923 that will be joining the public domain in the US this coming January 1, Public Domain Day. The Prophet is fairly well-known and still easy to find in print. Many other interesting works from 1923 are not so well-known or easy to find, and I hope to feature a wide variety of works over the next 31 days. (I already have some works planned to feature, but have not yet filled out a full roster; if there are any in particular you’d like to suggest, let me know by commenting here or by contacting me.)”


KSLA: FBI database to track deadly encounters with police. “The federal government is launching a national database that will track when law enforcement officers use deadly force, providing more transparency about police shootings that have inflamed tensions in cities around the country.”

New York Times: It’s Almost 2019. Do You Know Where Your Photos Are?. “Do you know where your photos are? Most of us don’t, at least not exactly, or in terms that we fully understand. Holding on to pictures was, for most of the history of photography, a matter of material decay and physical storage. Are these prints fading, and how fast? Are they organized by year or by subject? Do I know where they are? To the people who took them, they were deeply valuable; to anyone else, mostly worthless. Their peculiar sort of pricelessness made archivists of regular people.”


The Register: Sorry, we haven’t ACLU what happened in sealed ‘Facebook decryption’ case, but let’s find out. “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.”


Ubergizmo: Researchers Use AI & 3D Printing To Reproduce Paintings. “There is a lot more that goes into a reproduction of a painting that goes beyond just copying how it looks and trying to recreate the colors, but it seems that researchers are getting closer to being able to successfully reproduce paintings through the use of AI and also 3D printing, the latter of which is used to help better recreate certain colors.” Good morning, Internet…

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