Women in STEM, Mary Queen of Scots, SPIE, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 10, 2019


Forbes: New $25 Million Initiative Aims To Provide Young Women With Contemporary STEM Role Models. “IF/THEN aims to inspire young women to enter the STEM fields by highlighting the achievements of modern female role models in STEM. It will do so by introducing female role models into mainstream culture by illuminating their achievements through media by posting content on YouTube, on cable television shows such as Bravo’s Project Runway, as well as introducing weekly television series which will showcase how STEM works behind the scenes and how it many of our day-to-day processes are made possible by advances in the STEM disciplines.”

BBC: Mary Queen of Scots documents found at Museum of Edinburgh. “A group of documents believed to have been signed by Mary Queen of Scots have come to light at the Museum of Edinburgh after decades spent unseen. Files showed they were gifted in 1920 but they had been lost in storage until recent inventory work by curators.”


PR Newswire: SPIE Digital Library Hits Half-a-Million Milestone (PRESS RELEASE). “The SPIE Digital Library, the online publishing platform of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has reached the remarkable milestone of 500,000 publications.”

CNN: Powerful House Judiciary committee sends document requests to Facebook. “Facebook could soon have another headache on Capitol Hill: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have requested documents from the company spanning multiple issues, two sources familiar with the committee’s efforts tell CNN.”

BetaNews: Flickr says free users can exceed 1,000 photos as Creative Commons images are not counted. “When Flickr announced changes to its free accounts, many users were upset to find that they were going to be limited to 1,000 photos unless they were willing to pay for Pro account. On top of this, Flickr said it would be deleting any images that took users over the limit. But now the company has announced something of a loosening of the rules.”


Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Alternatives for Google+ Users. “With the official end of Google+ coming very soon, the loyal users of the platform need to locate a new social home. But what if you don’t want to default to any of the most popular sites because of their reputations for misusing and mishandling data? What else can you try besides Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn? Here are a few sites worth checking out.”

MakeUseOf: The Best Free Audio Editing Software . “Editing audio can be a challenging task. Seemingly simple tasks may hide behind layers of abstraction, and with some audio editing software costing upwards of $1,000, it’s easy to get flustered. Luckily, there are different kinds of audio editor to suit each user. Not only that, but so many of them are free that there is likely a wallet-saving solution out there for you. This article covers the best free audio editing software available right now.”


Between the Lines: Tax Proposed on Social Media Ads to Fund Endangered Local Journalism. “Over the last 15 years, the U.S. media landscape has changed dramatically, with according to a 2018 study. Twenty percent of the nation’s newspapers have closed down since 2004, leaving 900 communities without local news resources. Another recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that between 2003 and 2014, the number of full-time newspaper reporters covering statehouses in the United States fell by 35 percent.”

Mashable: From Bezos to Warren: Medium is now the place where powerful people make big announcements. “Medium has reinvented itself many times over, but one facet of its identity seems to be sticking: it’s becoming the writing platform of choice for billionaires, billionaire politicians, and anti-billionaire politicians alike.”

New York Times: The Man Deciding Facebook’s Fate. “The Federal Trade Commission has no shortage of critics who say it cannot protect Americans from the prying eyes of Big Tech. Instead of forceful action against the likes of Facebook and Google, they say, the F.T.C. leans on a rules that make it hard to impose penalties bigger than rounding errors for the companies. Those critics have an unusual champion: Joseph J. Simons, the man running the agency.”


The Verge: Facebook Messenger had a vulnerability that could let hackers see who you contact. “A previously reported Facebook vulnerability was similarly found in the company’s Messenger product, according to security research group Imperva. Nearly a year ago, Imperva researchers discovered that, through Messenger, a hacker could use ‘any website to expose who you have been messaging with.’ The bug was disclosed to Facebook in November and subsequently patched.”


EurekAlert: Canairy app tracks outdoor workers’ exposure to air pollution . “Canairy draws on the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) pollution map at King’s and the worker’s GPS to calculate a user’s exposure to pollution on an hourly basis. Once this exposure exceeds the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) limits for the concentration of nitrogen dioxide, particulates and ozone, the app notifies the user and suggests tips to reduce their exposure, including working away from traffic, reducing strenuous work or putting up a screen barrier.” Good morning, Internet…

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