U of Oregon Museum, Zero Energy Buildings, ALS Infusion Services, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 16, 2019


University of Oregon: New website expands access to science and culture museum. “The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is realizing longstanding digital dreams with the launch of its new website…. Visitors to the site can explore dozens of digital collections galleries and link to searchable databases containing images and descriptions of thousands of paleontological, geological, and anthropological objects—including the museum’s renowned collection of perishable fiber artifacts from Oregon’s northern Great Basin, a region that was home to some of North America’s first cultures.”

EC&M: Online Database Lists Nearly 600 Zero Energy Projects. “In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI released a new online tool that offers users access to information about the ZE buildings on the list and shows where they’re located on a map. The dynamic database allows searches on location, size and building type, and generates charts and graphics conveying the appropriate information.”

ALS News Today: Mitsubishi Tanabe Launches Online Tool to Help Patients, Caregivers Find ALS Infusion Services. “Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America (MTPA) has launched a new database that locates healthcare providers, area infusion treatment centers, and in-home infusion services, with the goal of providing a one-stop convenient resource for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and caregivers.”

Nova Institute: Farmers and end users now benefit from a new database of industrial crops growing on marginal land!. “The dataset MAGIC CROPS contains information on existing resource-efficient industrial crops suitable for cultivation on different types of marginal land. Industrial crops can broadly be classified into oil, lignocellulosic, carbohydrate or specialty crops.”


CNET: Facebook to ban users from Live streaming if they violate community rules. “Facebook said Tuesday it would ban users from its Live streaming feature for a set period of time if they violate certain community guidelines. The move is in response to the Mosque massacre that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, in which a gunman livestreamed his gunning down of 50 victims.”

Neowin: Mozilla releases add-on to fix disabled extensions in older versions of Firefox. “The extension installs a new certificate and re-enables extensions and themes that were disabled. The add-ons can also be installed in Waterfox versions that are affected by the issue as well to patch the issue in the third-party browser.”

Genealogy ala Carte: Quebec Archives to allow free use of more than 100,000 digitized historical documents. “The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) yesterday announced it now allows the free and unrestricted use of more than 100,000 public-domain historical documents and images, in the public domain, that have been digitized and made available on its website.” Apparently some classification has to be done before this will be complete.


France24: Mexico creates database of clandestine graves. “Mexico said Tuesday it has created a database on the hundreds of clandestine graves found in recent years as the country struggles with a wave of violent crime linked to drug trafficking.”

The Atlantic: How to Spot the Latest Disinformation Campaign. “There is a very small chance that you came across what appeared to be an Atlantic article about the war in Yemen in September of 2017. The author, according to the byline, was Aria Bendix, a regular global news writer. Every link in the story went to other Atlantic stories. It even included the module shilling low-brow content slurry, which used to appear on Atlantic articles, at the bottom of the page. On first glance, that is to say, you might not have known that you were looking at a counterfeit story, produced as part of a global disinformation campaign that was recently unearthed by the researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.”


New York Times: Accused of ‘Terrorism’ for Putting Legal Materials Online. “Carl Malamud believes in open access to government records, and he has spent more than a decade putting them online. You might think states would welcome the help. But when Mr. Malamud’s group posted the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the state sued for copyright infringement. Providing public access to the state’s laws and related legal materials, Georgia’s lawyers said, was part of a ‘strategy of terrorism.'”

TechCrunch: WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones. “WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package usually sold to nation-states.”


EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence tool vastly scales up Alzheimer’s research. “Researchers at UC Davis and UC San Francisco have found a way to teach a computer to precisely detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in human brain tissue, delivering a proof of concept for a machine-learning approach to distinguishing critical markers of the disease.” Good morning, Internet…

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