Urban Centers, Kolkata History, Yale Museums, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2019


EU Science Hub: New Urban Centres Database sets new standards for information on cities at global scale. “Building on the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL), the new database provides more detailed information on the cities’ location and size as well as characteristics such as greenness, night time light emission, population size, the built-up areas exposed to natural hazards, and travel time to the capital city. For several of these attributes, the database contains information recorded over time, dating as far back as 1975.” The database covers over 10,000 cities worldwide.

Millennium Post : Treasure trove: KMC unveils online archive of information about Kolkata & its history . [Kolkata used to be known as Calcutta.] “Now everyone will be able to access authentic information about Kolkata and its history from any part of the globe by a simple mouse click. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has unveiled the website of its archive… to enable people across the world gather information about the City of Joy simply by logging onto the website.”


Yale News: New mobile apps guide visitors through Yale’s art museums. “Visitors to the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery have a new tool to guide them through the museums’ galleries and to consult when a painting by Turner or Van Gogh, among others, sparks their curiosity. The museums have launched mobile apps that provide audio commentary by curators, conservators, scholars, and students on selected works and architectural features.”

With a tip o’ the nib to Laughing Squid, from the Salvador Dali Museum: dali lives: museum brings artist back to life with ai. “Visitors to the Museum will soon have the opportunity to learn more about Dali’s life and work from the person who knew him best: the artist himself. Using an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cutting edge technique, the new ‘Dali Lives’ experience employs machine learning to create a version of Dali’s likeness, resulting in an uncanny resurrection of the mustached master. When the experience opens, visitors will for the first time be able to interact with an engaging lifelike Salvador Dali on a series of screens throughout the Museum.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Awesome Reddit Apps and Extensions You Aren’t Using. “Reddit has so much going on that even if you’re an expert, you might not know just how awesome it can be. These apps and extensions promise a better Reddit experience than ever before. Reddit is the internet’s unofficial discussion forum for pretty much any topic you want to talk about. The tools in this article are more useful for regular Reddit users.” The article also links to another article on tools for beginner/casual users.


Florida State University: FSU researchers receive $3M to create national repository for data on learning disabilities . “The federal government will award nearly $3 million over five years to researchers at Florida State University, so they can build a first-of-its-kind national data repository that aims to inspire innovative research that helps children with learning disabilities.”

The Verge: GDPR Makes It Easier To Get Your Data, But That Doesn’t Mean You’ll Understand It. “I decided to test the ‘Right of Access’ offered by four of the biggest tech companies operating in the EU: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. What I found suggested that while you can certainly get the raw data, actually understanding it is another matter, which makes it harder to make informed decisions about your data.”

Reuters: The digital drug: Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs. ” When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends. He had quit baseball and Boy Scouts, and he stopped doing homework and showering. But he was not using drugs. He was hooked on YouTube and video games, to the point where he could do nothing else. As doctors would confirm, he was addicted to his electronics.”

The Week: Social media firms face ban over suicide images. “Matt Hancock has written to social media bosses at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Google and Apple warning them to ‘purge’ material promoting self-harm and suicide to ensure they do not breach the policies of internet providers.”


ThreatPost: LabKey Vulnerabilities Threaten Medical Research Data. “A trio of vulnerabilities in a popular open source medical data collaboration tool leaves important healthcare research data and potentially subject information open to multiple cross site scripting (XSS) attacks. The flaws are serious as they allow an attacker to retrieve user credentials once a user clicks a malicious link.”

ZDNet: WordPress sites under attack via zero-day in abandoned plugin. “WordPress site owners using the ‘Total Donations’ plugin are advised to delete the plugin from their servers to prevent hackers from exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in its code and take over affected sites.”


TechCrunch: Screen time inhibits toddler development, study finds. “In news that will surprise few but still alarm many, a study has found that kids 2-5 years old who engage in more screen time received worse scores in developmental screening tests. The apparent explanation is simple: when a kid is in front of a screen, they’re not talking, walking or playing, the activities during which basic skills are cultivated.” Good morning, Internet…

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