Euclid, Elsevier, Instagram, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, December 27, 2018


Not sure how new this is, but looks like a gorgeous resource. ArchDaily: A Colorful Interactive Version of Euclid’s “Elements” Online for Free. “Written in 300BC, Euclid’s ‘Elements’ is a collection of 13 books containing definitions, propositions, and mathematical proofs, and is considered instrumental in the development of logic and modern science. With the advent of the printing press, many editions of the book have been shared through the centuries. One of the most famous is that of Oliver Byrne in 1847, an edition of the first six books that is set apart for its bold use of color to depict mathematical proofs, rather than using letters to label angles and shapes.”


Inside Higher Education: Another Month for Elsevier Talks With U California. “The University of California System is engaged in a high-stakes battle with Elsevier, the publishing giant whose contract with the UC system is slated to expire at the end of December. With UC threatening to walk away unless it wins substantial changes in the way Elsevier charges for journal access, many see the showdown as significant. On Friday, UC announced that it has agreed with Elsevier on a one-month extension to the contract that is expiring.”


Mashable: 17 apps that will seriously raise your Instagram game. “Now that Instagram is moving toward a Facebook-like algorithmic feed, creating photos that stand out just became a lot more important. And as great as the app’s built-in filters and editing features are, they aren’t nearly as powerful as the ones you can get from third-party apps. Third-party apps for creating and editing photos and videos usually offer more tools and precision over the look of your posts, which, in turn, can bring in more likes.”


USA Today: ‘Happier without Facebook’: Users who deleted the social network say they’re not looking back. “We heard from many of you: You are not only ready to delete Facebook, but you’ve already done it, and are very happy you did. Despite all the hack attacks, issues with personal data getting shared with companies and other entities, and all the apologies, I’m not quitting Facebook and I didn’t think most of you would either. The positives of the social network outweigh the negative, at least for me – and many of you.”

BBC: Focusmate: Watched over while I worked from home. “It’s 08:00 GMT and I’m sitting silently in my lounge while a stranger watches me via my webcam. I can see them too. In fact we’ve both agreed to spend the next 50 minutes spying on each other without saying a word. We’ve never met before, but Jasmin – not her real name – and I have something in common: we’re both trying to resist the many temptations of working from home and finally get some work done.”

Ars Technica: Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018. “We’re ready for about two months of accidentally writing ‘2018’ every time we’re supposed to write 2019 in our first drafts—the adjustment always takes a while. And since our minds aren’t quite out of 2018 yet, let’s take this opportunity to look back on the year—specifically, our favorite and least-favorite products from the year.”


Wired: The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore. “In one configuration (Charles Ponzi) or another (online phishing emails from so-called Nigerian officials), getting over on other people has endured since the earliest days of the American experiment. Its pop imprint, though—as a label, a lifestyle, a celebrated art—didn’t take shape until recently. Meme-propagating social media platforms were crucial in transmuting scamming from crime to entertainment genre: made-for-Instagram personas like Joanne the Scammer popularized and romanticized such cunning acts of deception on Instagram and Twitter.”

BuzzFeed News: Celebrities Are Being Sued For Posting Paparazzi Photos Of Themselves On Social Media. “More and more celebrities are finding out that being in a photo doesn’t necessarily mean they have the right to post it on social media. Photo agencies have started aggressively pursuing legal action against celebrities who use paparazzi images without permission, adding to the friction that already exists between stars and the relentless photographers who pursue them.”

Quartz: The IRS wants to use social media to catch tax cheats. “The Internal Revenue Service is looking for ways to scour social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in its ongoing quest to catch tax cheats. That’s according to a request for information issued December 18 by the IRS’s National Office of Procurement. The mining of social media data by the agency has been suspected in the past, but the IRS has never before confirmed the practice.”


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New Carnegie Museum app shows threat to wildflower diversity in the woods. “Hikers and hunters have already seen changes in the woodlands of Appalachia in recent years, as deer overpopulation literally nibbles away at the many plant species that live under the trees. A collaboration of science and new media experts has introduced a new tool for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to educate people about the state of nature and inspire them as well. The tool is an app for smartphones and tablets, called AR Perpetual Garden, that gives even armchair nature lovers a way to compare two scenarios: the woodlands blooming with native wildflowers and the same scene stripped of botanical diversity because of too many deer.”

Intelligencer: How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.. “How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was ‘bots masquerading as people,’ a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event ‘the Inversion.'”

The Daily Universe: Fake news, propaganda spread quickly on social media. “As the Eagle Mountain and Pole Creek wildfires raged across Utah Valley in September, BYU YDigital Lab Managing Director Adam Durfee saw another destructive force raging across local news and social media: misinformation. ‘A very popular, trustworthy Utah news outlet published a story about the fires that was blatantly inaccurate,’ Durfee said. ‘And then a second story misrepresented the amount of fire containment, which gave people a very scary amount of security they shouldn’t have had.'” Good morning, Internet…

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