Coastal Flooding, South Asian Beauty, HBCU Newspapers, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 9, 2019


NOAA Tides & Currents: Prepare for coastal flooding with NOAA’s new online tool. “NOAA has brought together data from its over 200 long term coastal water level stations into one web tool that can help coastal communities monitor and prepare for all types of coastal flooding. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard is a website that brings together real-time water level information, 48 hour forecasts of water levels, and historic flooding information into one powerful tool.”

Dazed Beauty: Sanam Sindhi Is Spotlighting South Asian Beauty. “This account serves as a reminder that it’s important to tell our stories and diversity is not just a box to be ticked off. South Asian representation in beauty and fashion is often limited to a fairer complexion and a euro-centric idea of what is beautiful. This account is a visceral view of beauty in its most pure and raw form. This Instagram account is a place where you can learn about the African diaspora in India or simply be inspired by South Asian tattoo traditions and jewellery details.”

The Digital Library of Georgia: Digitized newspapers from Atlanta University Center colleges now available on the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive web site . “The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library, several student newspapers from Spelman College, Atlanta Clark University, and Morris Brown College are now available for viewing at the Georgia Historic Newspapers web site…”


MakeUseOf: 5 Twitter Tools to Discover the Best and Funniest Tweets. “Twitter can be overwhelming if you don’t use it regularly. Here are a few tools to discover the best and funniest tweets, and ensure you don’t miss out on some of its best moments.” The headline makes these tools sound frivolous, but Ketchup sounds really good.


The New Indian Express: Database of rare historic records getting ready. “A vast database of rare documents which will throw light on the chequered history of the state is set to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. The database, which includes over one lakh records ranging from palm-leaf manuscripts to colonial-era documents, has been compiled as part of community archives project of State Archives Department and the Kerala State Literacy Mission.” It might not be 100% clear, but this is for India’s state of Kerala.

Considerable: Want to be a social-media influencer? Age is no object . “There’s a whole host of influencers over 50 with thousands, even millions, of followers online. From money-saving tips to travel inspiration to fashion, there’s an influencer 50 or older who covers the sort of content you like to see online.” As a 50-or-older individual, I pledge never to share fashion tips with you (unless it’s along the lines of “what was I thinking when I wore this.”)

CBS Miami: Social Media Becomes Growing Tool For Meteorologists Sharing Important Hurricane Forecasts, Updates. “Communicating before and during a storm is imperative for hurricane forecasters and meteorologists. Social media has become an integral tool in getting out information quickly and efficiently.”


Business Standard: Instagram leak to online frauds, Indian firms have a ‘cyber battle’ ahead. “Recently, private contact information of millions of Instagram users was found in an unguarded online database, and the cache was traced back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox. Before that, security lapse in one of State Bank of India (SBI) servers had leaked data of its SBI Quick service customers. These breaches are just a few examples underscoring Indian firms’ vulnerability, despite warnings from past incidents.”

CBR: Three Slack Plugins for WordPress All Suffer Serious Security Flaw. “Industrious French security researcher Robert Baptiste, aka ‘Elliot Alderson’ says he has discovered security flaws in three different WordPress plugins for enterprise collaboration platform Slack. If abused, attackers could gain access to the Slack API and pull information off a team’s Slack channels, create or archive channels, invite users, and even if they felt inclined, make posts themselves.”


CNET: Microsoft launches first AI hub to reverse talent flow to the coasts and bring non-PhDs into AI jobs. “On Friday, the company announced that it’ll open its ‘first regional hub for AI’ in Louisville, Kentucky. The project will be an experiment to upskill people on how to work alongside AI and robots, and it’ll create a learning lab to prepare communities for the years ahead when AI and automation are going to disrupt the economy and the workforce.”

Stanford: Stanford researchers develop artificial intelligence tool to help detect brain aneurysms. “Doctors could soon get some help from an artificial intelligence tool when diagnosing brain aneurysms – bulges in blood vessels in the brain that can leak or burst open, potentially leading to stroke, brain damage or death.”

EurekAlert: Mapping the ocean’s unseen heroes, one microbe at a time. “Invisible to the naked eye, the health and movement of marine microbes that drift as part of the plankton is difficult to picture even for scientists – let alone everyday citizens. This challenge, to visualise the range of conditions that drifting marine microbes encounter, brought a group of expert scientists and visual designers together on a path to create the online citizen science project Adrift. Adrift is a portal that connects the public with the lives of microscopic marine microbes as they are propelled around the globe by ocean currents, with temperature and nutrient availability changing along the way.” Good morning, Internet…

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