Chest X-Rays, Japanese Woodblock Prints, Snapchat, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 3, 2019


MIT: MIMIC Chest X-Ray database to provide researchers access to over 350,000 patient radiographs. “Last week, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology, a part of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) led by Professor Roger Mark, launched a preview of their MIMIC-Chest X-Ray Database (MIMIC-CXR), a repository of more than 350,000 detailed chest X-rays gathered over five years from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.” Note this seems to be substantially larger than the NIH chest x-ray data set released in 2017.

My Modern Met: 500 Japanese Woodblock Prints from Van Gogh’s Collection Are Now Available to Download. “During the second half of the 19th century, interest in Japanese art by Europeans was at an all-time high. This appetite for studying Japanese aesthetics, and its influence on Western art, is known as Japonism. Though closely associated with Impressionist painters like Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, Japanese woodblock prints also played a pivotal role in the career of Vincent Van Gogh.”


Search Engine Journal: Snapchat is Considering Making Public Posts Permanent. “Snapchat is reportedly considering the idea of introducing permanent photo and video posts. Also, in another stark contrast to what Snapchat is known for, the platform may also reveal identities of users who publish public posts.”

Bleeping Computer: Mozilla Halts Firefox 65 Rollout Due to Insecure Certificate Errors. “Mozilla has halted the automatic updates to Firefox 65 as users are unable to browse web sites due to certificate errors. These errors are being caused by conflicts between various antivirus program’s HTTPS scanning and Firefox 65.”


TechCrunch: How to recover quickly if you get locked out of Google. “I know first-hand how frustrating it is to get locked out of your Google account and lose access to much of your online life. I’m hoping this simple work-around will help get you get through the account recovery process much faster than the manual method, which takes a minimum of 3-5 days (and in my case ended up taking weeks).”

MakeUseOf: 5 Brain-Hacking Positivity Apps to Manage Depression and Change Your Mood. “From bots that will talk to you through a funk to long-term projects that help express and manage your mental state through photography, these apps have several approaches to change how you feel. It’s all about mood management and mind hacks, a combination that can help you better understand depression and anxiety, and deal with disorders.”


Global Times: Google pays 7,600-USD fine to Russia over banned information. “Google has paid a fine of 500,000 rubles (around 7,616 U.S. dollars) for failing to remove search links to banned information, Russia’s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Friday.”

The Verge: YouTube wants ‘dislike mobs’ to stop weaponizing the dislike button. “‘Dislike mobs’ are the YouTube equivalent to review bombings on Steam — a group of people who are upset with a certain creator or game decide to execute an organized attack and downvote or negatively review a game or video into oblivion. It’s an issue on YouTube as well, and one that creators have spoken out against many times in the past. Reports have suggested that a video with a high number of dislikes — that outweighs the number of positive likes — is less likely to be recommended, and could therefore hurt the creator’s channel.”

Wired: Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs . “Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to ‘The First Lady of the Internet.’ It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.”


Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >4.3 million downloads stole pics and pushed porn ads. “Google has banned dozens of Android apps downloaded millions of times from the official Play Store after researchers discovered they were being used to display phishing and scam ads or perform other malicious acts.”

Techdirt: US Newspapers Now Salivating Over Bringing A Google Snippet Tax Stateside. “As the EU is still trying to figure out what it’s going to do about the highly contested EU Copyright Directive, it appears that at least one of the controversial parts, the ridiculous Article 11 link tax, is spreading to the US. David Chavern, the CEO of the News Media Alliance (a trade group representing legacy news publishers), is agitating in the NY Times for a US version of Article 11. The article if is so chock full of ‘wrong’ that it’s embarrassing.” This keeps getting threshed out over and over but… it WON’T WORK. Ask Spain.


Iowa State University: Crowdsourcing effort aims to unearth new discoveries in “lost” collection at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. “An Iowa State University scientist has launched a crowdsourcing effort to catalog thousands of organisms contained in a collection at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a facility run by the Iowa Board of Regents near West Okoboji Lake in Milford. The newly cataloged data will be stored in an ISU database that could help scientists make new discoveries regarding biodiversity. Anyone with access to the internet can contribute to the project, said Lori Biederman, an adjunct assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and neither a scientific background nor degree is necessary. Just a little time and attention to detail.” Good morning, Internet…

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