Public Health History, Everglades Restoration, Blackfoot Oral Stories, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 21, 2019


PR Newswire: Gale Unveils New Digital Archive Series on Public Health (PRESS RELEASE). “Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing the first installment of its new Public Health Archives series. Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 examines the history of America’s public health systems and policy debates during the 20th century.”

South Florida Water Management District: SFWMD Unveils Online Tool Detailing Ongoing Efforts to Achieve More Now For Florida’s Environment . “The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today unveiled a new webpage aimed at keeping the public informed and engaged in the ongoing efforts to restore America’s Everglades and protect Florida’s environment.”

New-to-me, from the University of Calgary: Blackfoot Oral Stories Database brought to life by ii’ taa’poh’to’p grant. “These stories have helped us to understand the underlying structure of the language and the ways in which it is similar to and different from other languages. But, as we did this work, it became increasingly clear to us that we can and must use our linguistic training to share the stories as they were intended — with members of the community. With this understanding, in 2016, Dr. Heather Bliss, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures created the Blackfoot Oral Stories Database, an online repository of oral stories. Since that time, the database has grown to include over 100 stories told by more than 20 storytellers.”


Lethbridge News Now: Elections Canada scraps social media ‘influencers’ to encourage youth vote. “Elections Canada is scrapping plans to use social media ‘influencers’ to persuade young Canadians to register to vote in this fall’s federal election. Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault says a final vetting of 13 people chosen for the campaign turned up some past activities that could be seen as partisan.”

Neowin: Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser now available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. “Microsoft first started offering public previews of its new Chromium-based Edge browser over two months ago. At the time, it was for AMD64 Windows 10 PCs only, but since then, it’s expanded to x86 Windows 10 PCs, and to macOS. Today though, the firm announced that you can now test out the browser on older versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.”


MakeUseOf: How to Back Up and Export Chrome Bookmarks in 5 Easy Steps . “You save Chrome bookmarks like the little odds and ends buried in a shoebox. The links are meant to be visited often or later. Each of these links can be a precious corner of the web for you. That’s why it’s important to export Chrome bookmarks and keep them backed up always. Mishaps happen. Fortunately, Chrome lets you save bookmarks in a single HTML file and also sync them automatically across devices.”


CNN: Facebook reverses ban on Led Zeppelin album cover. “Facebook has reversed a ban it placed on a classic Led Zeppelin album cover that features images of naked children. The cover of the British rock band’s 1973 album ‘Houses of the Holy’ was posted to Facebook (FB) by the page Ultimate Classic Rock earlier this week, but was removed because Facebook said it violated its policies.”


Techdirt: FBI Serves Incredibly Broad Warrant To 8chan, Demanding Info On All Users Who Responded To A Shooter’s Post. “In this case, an investigation into a shooting at a California mosque has led the FBI to the pages of 8chan. Postings at the site — along with some at Facebook — have linked the shooter to the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand. According to the affidavit [PDF], the FBI believes the California mosque shooter was ‘inspired and/or educated’ by the New Zealand’s shooters manifesto and actions.”


The Guardian: Alarming and unnecessary: Facebook’s new cryptocurrency must be resisted. “Overall, it’s not reassuring that Facebook is doing this. First, it has a track record of screwing up when it comes to looking after or respecting your data – Cambridge Analytica and the Onavo VPN that spied on users being just two obvious examples. Second, it has problems being consistent in how it applies its rules: see the many, many rows over content. It’s ignorant of its naivete, and so big it repeatedly causes huge problems.”

Newswise: ‘Alexa, Monitor My Heart’: Researchers Develop First Contactless Cardiac Arrest AI System for Smart Speakers. “Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they’re asleep without touching them. A new skill for a smart speaker— like Google Home and Amazon Alexa — or smartphone lets the device detect the gasping sound of agonal breathing and call for help..” Good evening, Internet…

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