Tennessee Photography, Brain Tumor Research, DIY Social Networks, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 9, 2019


From the Tennessee State Library and Archives Page: We’re celebrating summer by releasing over 6,000 images from the Department of Conservation Photograph Collection on the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA)!. “This collection is a treasure trove of images documenting Tennessee people, places, and things from 1937-1976. The photos cover topics such as art, agriculture, fishing, folklife, cities & towns, wildlife, historic sites, nature, people, and industry.”

ECNS: Chinese hospital publishes brain tumor database. “China’s leading neurosurgery hospital has published a database of 2,000 gene samples from Chinese patients with glioma, a type of brain tumor. It provides massive amounts of data to enhance research and explore the precise treatment of the fatal brain disease.”


Darius Kazemi has put out a document/website/thing called Run your own social. From the introduction: “Since August 2018 I have run a social network site called Friend Camp for about 50 of my friends. I think Friend Camp is a really nice place, and my friends seem to agree that it has enriched our lives. I’d like to see more places like Friend Camp on the internet, and this document is my attempt to provide some practical guidance as to how you might run a social network site like this.” This is tasty and I’m figuring out a weekend I can devote to building one for patrons.

More great stuff from Amit at Digital Inspiration: How to Track your Study Time with Google Forms and Sheets. “My kids are in middle/high school and I’ve been looking for a timesheet-style solution that would help me understand their studying patterns and learn how much time they spend on various subjects. There are quite a few apps available for time tracking but I was looking for something simple and Google Forms fit the bill perfectly.”


Bloomberg: How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook. “Since 2016, Facebook employees have used Stormchaser to track many viral posts, including a popular conspiracy that the company listens to users through their phone’s microphone, according to three former employees. Other topics ranged from bitter protests (the #deleteFB movement) to ludicrous jokes (that Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is an alien), according to one former employee.”

BBC: YouTube users can’t stop streaming Latin Pop. “There is no better measure of the world’s listening tastes than YouTube. The site reaches more than 1.9 billion people every month, more than any other music steaming service, and most of those users are listening to Latin Pop. Spanish-language songs make up half of YouTube’s Top 10 for the year so far, led by Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma, with 1.15 billion views.”

Nursing Times: New mums risking sepsis over social media posts, warn midwives. “New mums are risking a serious infection – and even sepsis – by ripping off their dressings to post images of their caesarean section scars on social media, midwives have warned.” Yikes!


The Guardian: France online hate speech law to force social media sites to act quickly. “French MPs have passed a landmark law to fight online hate speech that will oblige social media networks to remove offending content within 24 hours and create a new button to enable users to flag abuse.”

Ars Technica: Trump’s Twitter blocks violate First Amendment rights, appeals court affirms. “It’s one thing for most of us to block Twitter users who annoy us, but it’s a violation of those users’ First Amendment rights for the president to do so, a federal appeals court confirmed. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday issued an opinion supporting an earlier federal court ruling that as long as Donald Trump is a public official, he cannot block people (which prevents them from reading his feed or responding to his comments) he disagrees with on Twitter.”


University of California San Diego: Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you. “Did social media spoil the Avengers’ Endgame movie for you? Or maybe one of the Game of Thrones books? A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego is working to make sure that doesn’t happen again. They have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows.” Good evening, Internet…

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