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Topological Materials, Nevada Jobs, Government Services, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Princeton University: Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common. “In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological materials are in fact quite common, and include everyday elements such as arsenic and gold. The team created an online catalog to make it easy to design new topological materials using elements from the periodic table.” I went looking for an explanatory guide to topological materials and HA HA HA HA HA HA. But I did find this article from Phys.org has some explanation of topological insulators and materials. It helped my understanding.

KTVN: New Nevada Job Website Goes Online . “For workers, it’s a job resource like no other. Set your preferences and it drills down to the jobs you want, and it’s free to use. 1-stop shopping for finding and researching a new local position, and there are plenty of those. [Scott] Morrison says, ‘What struck me is, I explored the website. Right at the very front, 52,000-plus fast-growing jobs in a wide range of different areas.'”

Government Technology: Evergov Wants to Make Local Government Services More Searchable. “It may be a bit of an understatement to say that government services are scattered online. Of course, it certainly varies by jurisdiction, but more often than not, residents of a given city must visit disparate websites to find digital services. For example, this could entail visiting one site to pay a parking ticket; another to check on the status of a business license; another to handle taxes; and so on. But a new website is working to consolidate digital services and information for every city across the country on one easy-to-search platform.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How I Cut My Smartphone Usage in Half: 8 Changes That Worked. “A while ago, while I was aggressively trying to use my phone less often, my reliance on several apps and tendency to check every alert pulled me back constantly. Quitting entirely wasn’t an option. I eventually realized it’s all about compromises and establishing limits you’re able to follow. Fortunately, you can adopt habits to cut back in manageable ways. Here are the ones that allowed me to cut my smartphone usage by half.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: How 5,000 Instagrammers got inspired by a mysterious woman holding a key. “#Drawthisinyourstyle is an Instagram phenomenon. A popular art exercise in which artists take each other’s drawings and redo them in their own style, it’s evolved into a worldwide art conversation that’s currently 720,000 posts deep.”

Massachusetts Daily Collegian: UMass professor receives $245,000 to bring ancient art of Pompeii to the internet of today . “Associate Professor Eric Poehler of the University of Massachusetts classics department recently received a grant worth $245,000 from the Getty Foundation for the three-year long Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project. The project is meant to digitize and contextualize the ancient art of the Roman city of Pompeii in an online database and open source tool for all to use.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: TikTok gets fined $5.7 million for collecting children’s data, announces new kid-friendly version. “Success often comes at a price. For the company behind the video clip app TikTok, that price just so happens to be in the form of a record fine. According to a Feb. 27 Federal Trade Commission statement, the app formerly known as Musical.ly illegally collected data from children under the age of 13, and as a result was hit with a $5.7 million civil penalty.”

The Daily Beast: Russian Trolls’ Lawsuit Against Facebook Hits a Wall. “A California judge is tapping the brakes on a lawsuit defending the free speech rights of Russian trolls. U.S. sanctions are preventing the American lawyers behind the suit representing their Russian client in court, the judge says.”

Michigan: AG Nessel serves defendant via social media for judgment of nearly $800,000 . “Using a savvy delivery method, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel served a default judgment for nearly $800,000 and an injunction against the owner of Fan Authentics, a purported online sports-themed retailer. Christopher Carr, 23, formerly of Troy, is required to pay the obligations within 28 days of the order’s entry. Carr fled Michigan and stopped responding to the Department through ordinary channels, so Nessel sought and obtained an order from Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady III allowing the Department to serve Carr through Facebook, where the defendant remains active.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Science Daily: Infectious diseases could be diagnosed with smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa . “A new review has outlined how health workers could use existing phones to predict and curb the spread of infectious diseases. The review, published in Nature, outlines how healthcare workers in low-income countries, like those in sub-Saharan Africa, could use existing smartphones to diagnose, track and control infectious diseases in low-income countries.” Good evening, Internet…

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