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Cognitive Epidemiology, Google Search, PowerToys, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, May 8, 2019

Remember how I said the publishing schedule may occasionally get WAY off-track?… yeah.

NEW RESOURCES

National Institute on Aging: The Healthy Cognitive Aging Project: A major data resource for cognitive epidemiology . “Anybody who has ever loved, lived with, or cared for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or its related dementias knows that its effects are multifaceted, complex, and often difficult to predict. That’s why NIA’s longitudinal aging studies are so important—they can provide prospective data on these as-yet incompletely understood points. This week, we are proud to announce the first public release of data from the Healthy Cognitive Aging Project (HCAP), a nationally representative study that will help shed light on how and when cognitive decline progresses in older adults.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Land: Google Search experiments with showing less relevant search results when requested. “Google has confirmed they are running a ‘narrow experiment’ where they will ask the searcher if they want to show search results that may not be as relevant as they may expect.”

PCWorld: Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users. “Microsoft’s newfound infatuation with open-source projects is spawning an unexpected love child that might just bring a tear to the eyes of PC veterans. PowerToys, a collection of power-user tools for enthusiasts from the Windows 95 through XP era, will return this summer in preview form with a pair of Windows 10 utilities, with many more projects being put forward for consideration.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: UK risks losing classic rock archives, warns ex-Oasis photographer. “The UK could lose large swathes of classic British rock photography to private collectors unless it preserves them in a dedicated museum, according to one of the country’s most celebrated music photographers.”

EurekAlert: Wheat, wine and wool: What old account statements reveal. “The aim of the project is to investigate the Egyptian temple economy from sources that are ‘rich in content, difficult, fragile at first glance, but then uniquely rich in detail’, as [Professor Martin Andreas] Stadler says. At the same time, they will being publication of an online platform with the edition of around 40 representative texts. Under the keyword “Digital Humanities”, ancient historians and Egyptologists will be provided with new sources that will put the knowledge about the economic life of Egyptian temples in the Roman Empire on a new footing. ”

CNET: Google Assistant, Nest Hub Max and all the rest of the smart home news from Google I/O 2019. “The dust is settling now that the Google I/O developer conference is nearing its end. At this point, we’re unlikely to see any more surprises, but the announcements from the show could make a big difference for the future of Google’s smart home offerings.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Verge: Feds take down dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized the dark web index and news site Deep Dot Web, according to a warning notice posted on the site. The site’s dark web site has also been taken down and replaced with a similar notice.”

Motherboard: Right to Repair Bill Killed After Big Tech Lobbying In Ontario. “A right to repair bill that would have forced manufacturers selling electronic devices and other consumer products in Ontario to provide consumers and small businesses with the tools and knowledge to repair brand-name gadgets is officially dead. The failed vote follows lobbying against the legislation from major tech companies including Apple, according to the bill’s sponsor.”

Washington Post: Man who said he hears voices charged in fire outside National Archives. “A man who said voices told him to ‘burn buildings down’ has been arrested in connection with the arson fire started outside the National Archives on April 25, officials announced Tuesday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Tubefilter: More Than 500 Hours Of Content Are Now Being Uploaded To YouTube Every Minute. “Your average person could spend their entire lifetime trying to watch all the content uploaded to YouTube in just one day. The platform’s users upload more than 500 hours of fresh video per minute, YouTube revealed at recent press events. That works out to 30,000 hours of new content per hour, and 720,000 hours of new content per day.” Hi there, Internet…

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