Xinhua: China launches online database on camellia varieties. “The database has more than 45,000 names and 33,000 pictures of camellia varieties including ornamental, tea and oil species. Users can search the name of camellia varieties in different languages including English, Chinese and Japanese.” Unfortunately the story does not have a link to the database, which is here: http://camellia.iflora.cn/ .
South China Morning Post: Roadsign search engine for mental health services in Hong Kong points patients on path to recovery. “Keyword searches on the website enable users to call up services by location, nature of organisation, type of mental disorder, or service cost, among other categories. Under each entry, there is additional information about target patient groups and how to apply for help.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
The Chronicle: South Carolina Historical Society Digitizes Historical Assets. “The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is excited to announce that more than two hundred plats from the John McCrady Plat Collection (1696–1924) are now available for viewing on the Lowcountry Digital Library – an online resource containing historic assets about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The John McCrady Plat Collection consists largely of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plats pertaining to properties in the Lowcountry.” A plat in this case is a map of a plot of land. Ancestral Findings has an article on how to use them in genealogy.
New Straits Times: Indonesia lifts social media curbs targeting hoaxes during recent unrest. “Indonesia on Saturday lifted temporary restrictions on some social media functions aimed at stopping online hoaxes during recent violence linked to the announcement of official election results, a communications ministry official said.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Ars Technica: 30-plus years of HyperCard, the missing link to the Web. “It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. Many will spend that time relaxing or traveling with family, but maybe someone will dust off their old MacIntosh and fire up Hypercard, a beloved bit of Apple software and development kit in the pre-Web era. The application turns 32 later this summer, so with staff off we thought it was time to resurface this look at Hypercard’s legacy. This piece originally ran on May 30, 2012 as Hypercard approached its 25th anniversary, and it appears unchanged below.” Man, I miss Hypercard.
BBC: European elections 2019: Investigating false and misleading video. “In a heated European election campaign, parties and their supporters used social media to debate some of the biggest issues affecting Europe today. However, as many feared, there were cases of misleading information being widely shared online. It came from a range of sources, including groups criticising political rivals, or accounts publishing large volumes of content on specific subjects such as migration.”
Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. “A group of University of Lethbridge researchers and Blackfoot elders will spend two weeks in England this summer to produce detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. Christine Clark, one of the researchers embarking on the trip in July, said the artifacts will be documented through a process called photogrammetry, which involves taking a series of photos all the way around the object. Software will then be used to transform the images into a realistic 3-D model.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
ZDNet: Mobile Chrome, Safari, and Firefox failed to show phishing warnings for more than a year. “For more than a year, mobile browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari failed to show any phishing warnings to users, according to a research paper published this week.”
The Register: Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online. “The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Phys .org: Researchers use 3-D printing to push knowledge of microbial communities. “As enthusiasm grows for 3-D printing, hailed by hobbyists and high-tech industry as a new frontier in the creation of custom products, researchers at Montana State University are using the technology for another purpose: studying bacteria.” Good evening, Internet…
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