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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Camp Fire Survivors, Facebook, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 6, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies has digitized its magazine, Cairn, with archives going back to 1976. It’s available at https://www.whyte.org/the-cairn . The magazine is digital now but the archive is updated monthly with the latest digital issue. The museum describes its mission on its About page this way: “In the spirit of Peter and Catharine Whyte, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through our collections, programs and exhibitions.”

Sacramento Bee: Camp Fire survivors have moved as far as Hawaii and Virginia. See where they live now. “A website and public Facebook group have recently been set up by Camp Fire survivors to tell their stories firsthand. The site… appears to have been established in the first few days of February. It includes a section for survivors to write and submit stories about their experience during California’s deadliest-ever wildfire, and for the community and world at large to read those stories.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars. “Facebook on Tuesday removed 22 pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe right-wing website InfoWars. The move came as part of a broader effort by Facebook to enforce its recently updated recidivism policy. 89 pages in total were unpublished on Tuesday afternoon as part of the crackdown, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business.”

BetaNews: Now you can unsend messages in Facebook Messenger . “Facebook said some time ago that it would be bringing an “unsend” option to Facebook Messenger, giving users the ability to delete messages they change their mind about. Today is the day this feature finally appears with the addition of a new ‘Remove for everyone” option.’

Ars Technica: Google releases Chrome extension that alerts users of breached passwords. “With lists of billions of compromised credentials floating around on underground forums and in text-paste pages across the Internet, it’s difficult for anyone to keep up with the potential threat from breached passwords. That’s why, as part of its security efforts during Safer Internet Day, Google has released a new add-on for the Chrome browser that automatically and securely checks website credentials against known password breaches.”

USEFUL STUFF

Philly .com: Pull out those colored pencils: Museums worldwide are offering free adult coloring books for download. “Whether you consider yourself a natural born artist or a stick-figure-drawer for life, creating a colorful masterpiece has never been easier, thanks to the Color Our Collections campaign. The week-long initiative (through Feb. 8) invites you to choose from hundreds of adult coloring books, featuring images from the collections of quirky museums, libraries, and archives around the world.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NBC News: Fire at ‘pizzagate’ shop reignites conspiracy theorists who find a home on Facebook. “In over 30 different open and closed Facebook groups, boasting more than 40,000 collective members, pizzagate followers have kept the conspiracy alive. In the face of reason, these pizzagate adherents have held tightly to ‘evidence’ — mostly what they allege is coded language and symbols that link shapes to pedophelia and food products like cheese and pasta to children.”

Library of Congress: Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s libraries, this scientific study will help inform best practices and provide a baseline for libraries to analyze their print collections based on established scientific guidelines. ”

Tucson Sentinel: Did a quarter-million Tucson Citizen newspaper stories go up in digital smoke?. “The bare-bones remnants of the Tucson Citizen’s online archive vanished from public view weeks ago, and corporate staff have given conflicting accounts about whether hundreds of thousands of news stories will ever be accessible again. More than 200,000 reports, mostly local news and sports stories dating from 1993 until the Citizen laid off nearly its entire staff and ceased printing in 2009, had been included in a basic WordPress website set up by the Citizen’s corporate owners in 2014. That website disappeared from the Internet sometime before January 17.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: FaceTime bug teenager is eligible for bug bounty payout. “The rather serious FaceTime bug widely reported about last week left Apple a little red-faced and one 14-year-old (and his mother) hoping Apple would give him some credit for discovering it. Now it looks like he’s going to get a big payout from Apple’s bug bounty program.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Getty Iris: Conservation Work Reveals the Hidden Revisions of Pontormo, Italian Renaissance Master. “Advances in imaging technology have revolutionized science and medicine—and today, they are also revolutionizing the study and conservation of art. New imaging techniques have made it possible for art conservators and conservation scientists to develop treatments for an artwork, and to unlock secrets beneath its surface, just by looking. Imaging techniques also allow specialists to travel back in time and hypothesize what an artist might have reconsidered and altered while painting—a ‘track changes’ of sorts for art. These changes hidden beneath the paint layers are known as pentimenti, derived from the Italian pentirsi, which means to repent or change your mind.”

New York Times: Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence. “You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research. Every two years, hundreds of scientists enter a global competition. Tackling a biological puzzle they call ‘the protein folding problem,’ they try to predict the three-dimensional shape of proteins in the human body. No one knows how to solve the problem. Even the winners only chip away at it. But a solution could streamline the way scientists create new medicines and fight disease.” Good morning, Internet…

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