Cancer Research, Brazil National Museum, Genealogy Webinars, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 15, 2018


Cancer .gov: Researchers create record-sized, integrated cellular cancer database. “An international team of researchers have created a powerful new database that consolidates data on a record number of cancer drugs and cell lines. The freely available tool, called CellMinerCDB, can be used to explore connections between drugs and various features of cancer, such as genetic mutations, cell signatures, DNA methylation and more.”

Google Blog: Inside Brazil’s National Museum on Google Arts & Culture. “On September 2nd 2018, a fire struck the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, one of the largest collections of natural history in the world. An estimated 20 million pieces were lost, including indigenous artifacts, dinosaur remains and the oldest human skeleton ever discovered in the Americas. Starting back in 2016, Google Arts & Culture had begun working with the museum to bring their collection online—so that anyone, anywhere in the world could see and learn about these ancient artifacts. Now for the first time ever, you can virtually step inside the museum and learn about its lost collection through Street View imagery and online exhibits.”


Genealogy’s Star: FamilyTreeWebinars add Closed Captioning to Webinars. “In what well may be the first time the larger genealogical community has provided closed captioning, in conjunction with, who acquired the company last year, have developed and provided closed captioning for 207 past webinars.”

Glitch: Looky What We Made. “A riot of color and creativity, Looky What We Made is a free, 76-page book showcasing some of the 1 million projects the Glitch community has created in 2018. There’s everything from useful tools to cutting-edge VR experiences, smart bots, and apps that help advance important causes.” The book is a free PDF download.


MakeUseOf: The Full Snapchat Filters List and the Best Ones to Use. “Snapchat’s selection of filters, lenses, and geofilters change daily. It’s great for adding some variation to your selfie game, but can also be a little overwhelming. If you want to pick the best Snapchat filter for your photos, we’ve got you covered.”


Patriot Ledger: Reported hate crimes in Mass. hit 14-year high. “The growing number of reported hate crimes in Massachusetts prompted Gov. Charlie Baker last month to send a letter to the state’s police chiefs urging them to designate a ‘civil rights officer’ who would be charged with reviewing possible hate crimes and serving as a community liaison. He also announced that his administration plans to launch a new online database in the next three months that will make hate crime data more easily accessible.The steps were recommended by a hate crime task force that Baker re-established last year.”

Nieman Lab: Building a digital hospice. “Earlier this year, I talked with some people about setting up a new publication. We had a specific focus, a budget, and a great list of potential collaborators. What we didn’t have is a shared vision for what would be the end of the publication. How would we know that it is time to throw in the towel? And then what? It wasn’t so much that my cohort and I disagreed about what to do at the end, but that we had no answers for these questions. It was reason enough to table the discussion.”

BBC: Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads. “The mother of a stillborn child has called on tech companies to rethink how they target ads after she was inundated with baby-related promotions. Gillian Brockell wrote to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Experian, saying if they were smart enough to deduce she had been pregnant, they should have realised her baby had died.”

Echo: Digby Fairweather’s bid to save Jazz music’s 30-year ‘blackhole’. “The Southend jazz star and CEO of The Jazz Centre UK, needs someone to donate a large space in order to keep a gigantic collection of independently released UK jazz records, which are not being archived in the BBC or the National Sound Archive of the British Library. Digby fears that unless a home is found for the mammoth collection, the history of UK jazz music made between 1980 to date, will be lost in ‘”a black hole’.”


TechCrunch: France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says emergency contact information database has been breached. “The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in France has released a statement announcing that personal information has been stolen in a data breach. Around 540,000 records have been stolen — those records contained names, phone numbers and email addresses.”

Cyberscoop: Misconfigured server exposed half of all Brazilian taxpayer ID numbers: report. “A database containing personally identifying information of 120 million Brazilian citizens and residents was accessible on the open web for some time, according to a report published Tuesday by cybersecurity company InfoArmor.”

CNET: The worst passwords of 2018 are just as dumb as you’d expect . “It doesn’t look like we’re getting any smarter about our passwords. On Thursday, software company SplashData released its annual list of the Top 100 worst passwords, and it includes some pretty obvious blunders. Coming in at No. 1 is, you guessed it, ‘123456,’ and in second place is, yup, ‘password.’ This is the fifth year in a row these passwords have held the top two spots. ”


Quartz: The world’s fastest (and slowest) internet speeds . “The internet is getting faster. Ookla, an internet analytics company, released its state of the internet report this week showing mobile and broadband internet are accelerating around the world, although not every country is keeping pace.” Good morning, Internet…

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