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Emotion-Provoking Textures, UK Startups, DC Education, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 5, 2019

Doing an evening edition because my Pocket queue is getting ridiculous.

NEW RESOURCES

National Research University Higher School of Economics: Emotions from Touch. “Touching different types of surfaces may incur certain emotions. This was the conclusion made by psychologists in a recent empirical study. Previously, emotional perception was generally studied in relation to visual and audial modalities. The researchers looked at how humans react to what they see or hear. This fresh research has helped to create the first ever database of textures, the tangible perception of which is associated with happiness, fear, surprise, disgust, anger, or sadness. The study’s results were published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.”

Elite Business: Data Commons for UK Tech is a new database dedicated to UK startups. “Currently, Data Commons for UK Tech holds information on 33,180 startups, 8,725 investors, 5,205 corporates and 231 accelerators as well as data on workspaces, service providers and universities. Moreover, the database features categories to make the search process easier, such as lists on female-led startups and potential future UK unicorns.” Looks like the information is at least partially free.

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education. “Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn released EdScape Beta, a powerful new planning tool that provides information about the landscape of DC’s public schools and students. EdScape Beta will support policymakers, agencies, and schools in making data-driven decisions to inform and support programs and school planning.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Digital Information World: Facebook discreetly removes the map feature available for discovering live videos, redirected it to Watch. “In 2016, Facebook launched a live map feature that displayed blue dots scattered all over the world. When the user clicked on the dots, they were redirected to live videos. However, several users recently noticed that the map simply disappeared and Facebook Watch — the video hub hosted by the social media giant — took its place.”

USEFUL STUFF

Engadget: The best streaming apps for kids. “Whether it’s conspiracy videos or obviously disturbing clips, YouTube Kids is flooded with terrible content. But that’s not surprising. With 10 hours of video uploaded every second, trying to police YouTube content is like trying to slow the water coming out of a fire hydrant. A spokesperson said last year, ‘We’ve taken a series of tough actions to better protect families on YouTube and YouTube Kids, including getting content down faster through technology, hiring more people to help us tackle content that breaks our rules and cutting the revenue streams to content that misleads families.’ But those actions haven’t always been enough.”

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Social Studies Websites – 2019 (Part One). “Yup, it’s that time again for mid-year ‘Best’ lists. The first was THE BEST WEB 2.0 APPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION IN 2019 – PART ONE. You can see all my previous Social Studies “Best” lists (and there are a lot since I’ve doing this since 2007) here. Note that they’re also continually revised and updated.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Kashmir Life: JTFRP to prepare artisan database of over 4 lakh craft artisans in JK. I think JK and J&K in this case are Jammu and Kashmir, in India. And of course one lakh is 100,000. “First of its kind, Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) is going to prepare a comprehensive artisan database of more than four lakh artisans associated with different crafts in the state.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

How-To Geek: Fake LinkedIn Profiles Are Impossible to Detect. “Don’t trust everything you see on LinkedIn. We created a fake LinkedIn profile with a fake job at a real company. Our fake profile garnered the attention of a Google recruiter and gained over 170 connections and 100 skill endorsements. Everyone is talking about fake accounts on Facebook and fake followers on Twitter. LinkedIn hasn’t been part of the conversation, but Microsoft’s social network also has a big problem.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Next Web: This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies. “A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched.”

Newswise: Cornell team, EPA to partner on emissions big data project. “ITHACA, N.Y. – A team from Cornell University associate professor Max Zhang’s lab will work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the next year on a machine learning model designed to predict fossil fuel emissions. The project was a winning entry in the EPA-sponsored EmPOWER Air Data Challenge.” Good evening, Internet…

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