New Hampshire Stone Walls, George J. Mitchell, WordPress, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 23, 2019


US News and World Report: New Hampshire Unveils Searchable Map of Stone Walls. “New Hampshire has launched a new tool that allows residents to map the state’s historic stone walls. The New Hampshire Geological Survey developed a crowd sourcing map that it has dubbed the New Hampshire Stone Wall Mapper with the help of a $14,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.”

Bowdoin College: Now Available Online: the George J. Mitchell Congressional Records Index. “The George J. Mitchell Congressional Records Index, a powerful new tool for searching and understanding the legislative work of Senator Mitchell, is now available online. The Index compiles, tags, and analyzes Senator Mitchell’s remarks and activities on the Senate floor during the period of 1980 to 1987, and is actively being expanded to document his entire legislative record.”


WordPress 5.1 Beta 2 is now available. “Over 110 tickets have been closed since beta 1, many of which are documentation and testing suite improvements.”

Mozilla Blog: The Coral Project is Moving to Vox Media. “Since 2015, the Mozilla Foundation has incubated The Coral Project to support journalism and improve online dialog around the world through privacy-centered, open source software. Originally founded as a two-year collaboration between Mozilla, The New York Times and the Washington Post, it became entirely a Mozilla project in 2017.” Is it just me or does it feel like Mozilla is just shedding a lot of stuff?

Neowin: Classic Google Hangouts will start to be phased out in October. “Back in November, it was reported that Google is going to retire its Hangouts messaging service, replacing it with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Google confirmed the news shortly after, but today, the firm provided some additional details for G Suite users.”


MakeUseOf: How to Go Live on Facebook (And the Hidden Risks). “The current ‘big thing’ in the world of video is live user-generated content. Pioneered by the likes of Twitch and Periscope, Facebook Live arrived in 2015. In this article we’ll explain how to go live on Facebook, along with a few hidden risks you need to watch out for.”


Fast Company: These tactile blocks teach blind kids to code. “A couple of years ago, as an 8-year-old trying to learn to code, a student named Theo was frustrated. Theo happens to be blind, and the standard tools designed to teach children to code rely heavily on visuals. But over the last year, he’s been a beta tester for something new: a set of physical blocks designed specifically to teach coding to kids with visual impairments. He’s moved on, and now codes in Python.”

Ars Technica: “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging. “Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones fans, it was a minor hiccup at best—most clicked the new link and never looked back. For a certain strata of enthusiasts, however, this was a far more momentous move. Described as ‘the last holdout’ by longtime LiveJournal volunteer-turned-employee Janine Costanzo, Martin’s blog was perhaps the once-blogging-giant’s last bond to the world of great pop culture. So while the author may never finish his most beloved literary series, his simple act of Web hosting logistics truly marks the end of an era.”

Mashable: The sad silence of the National Parks Instagram accounts. “The photos and livestreams that happen across these accounts are key tools of advocacy for the parks, be it protection of wildlife living in the parks, educating the public on everything the National Park Service and its employees do, or even promoting ecologically-friendly behavior. By pulling in millions of people with stunning photos, the parks can then reach a much larger audience when they need to spread the word about conservation efforts or visitor tips, like what do when a bison walks up and licks your car.”


ZDNet: Online casino group leaks information on 108 million bets, including user details. “An online casino group has leaked information on over 108 million bets, including details about customers’ personal information, deposits, and withdrawals, ZDNet has learned. The data leaked from an ElasticSearch server that was left exposed online without a password, Justin Paine, the security researcher who discovered the server, told ZDNet.”

CNET: Google forced to remove search results in EU ‘right to be forgotten’ case. “Google was forced to remove outdated search results about a Dutch surgeon’s medical suspension in a landmark EU “right to be forgotten” case, The Guardian reported Monday.”


EurekAlert: Machine learning could reduce testing, improve treatment for intensive care patients . “Doctors in intensive care units face a continual dilemma: Every blood test they order could yield critical information, but also adds costs and risks for patients. To address this challenge, researchers from Princeton University are developing a computational approach to help clinicians more effectively monitor patients’ conditions and make decisions about the best opportunities to order lab tests for specific patients.” Good morning, Internet…

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