Presidential Papers, Methane Emissions, California Plants, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 16, 2019


Federal Depository Library Program: GPO Digitizes Public Papers of the Presidents. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) have digitized volumes of The Public Papers of the Presidents for Presidents Herbert Hoover (1929) through George H.W. Bush (1990), with the exception of the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series. Each volume of The Public Papers of the Presidents is comprised of a forward by the President, public writings, addresses, remarks, and photographs. This digitization effort joined the already digital version of Public Papers for Presidents George H. W. Bush (1991−1992), William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama.”

IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide. “The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new ‘methane tracker’ offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.”


California State University Long Beach: University’s Plant Collection Now Part Of National Database. “Up until recently, [Dr. Amanda] Fisher has had to rely largely on Cal State Long Beach’s collection of 18,00 physical specimens to conduct her research, dried local plants pressed onto 13×18 sheets on low-acid paper. If she wanted to view others from outside the Long Beach area, she would have to navigate the freeways. Today, however, with a few clicks of her computer mouse, Fisher, a professor in the biological sciences department, can study hundreds of thousands of digitized specimens from around the country online from a data base that now includes those collected by Cal State Long Beach researchers and students.”

Library of Congress: The Experimental Browser Extension Can Now Search the Compilation of Presidential Documents. “This latest update to the experimental Google Chrome browser extension that is hosted by LC Labs adds the ability to highlight text on a page and search for it in the Compilation of Presidential Documents on govinfo. The compilation includes executive orders and executive proclamations issued after 1992.”


Ars Technica: FCC gives ISPs another $563 million to build rural-broadband networks. “More than 220,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 24 states will get broadband access because of funding authorized yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission, the agency said. In all, the FCC authorized more than $563 million for distribution to ISPs over the next decade. It’s the latest payout from the commission’s Connect America Fund, which was created in 2011.”


Louisville Courier-Journal: Zillow says Kentucky is overcharging for public real estate records. So it’s suing. “In the lawsuit, Zillow is challenging the constitutionality of a Kentucky law that allows government agencies to charge ‘commercial’ parties such as Zillow much more for access to public records than other ‘noncommercial’ companies. ”

BuzzFeed News: RingCentral Is Also Affected By The Zoom Flaw That Gives Hackers Access To Your Mac’s Camera. “The fallout from Zoom’s massive webcam vulnerability continues. In a report published today, security researcher Karan Lyons shows that the same flaw — which gave attackers easy access to laptop cameras and microphones — affects RingCentral, which is used by over 350,000 businesses, as well as Zhumu, essentially the Chinese version of Zoom.”


Techdirt: The FTC And Facebook: Why The $5 Billion Fine Is Both Too Little And Too Much. “By now, you’ve certainly heard the news that was very likely leaked by Facebook late on Friday that the FTC, by a narrow 3 to 2 party line vote, had approved a $5 billion fine for Facebook for violating its earlier consent decree in the way it allowed an app to suck up lots of data that eventually ended up in Cambridge Analytica’s hands. Most of the reaction to this fine (by far, the largest in the FTC’s history) is anger.”

Purdue University: Twitter ‘fingerprint’ helps decode how individuals respond to crises. “Often in the case of a disaster, there are too few resources available to the community. A new algorithm analyzes individuals’ tweets to better understand how they respond to crises, offering a new way to inform decisions on disaster management.”


Girl Scouts Blog: BIG NEWS: 42 New Girl Scout Badges to Change the World. “The new programming allows girls to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world while preparing them to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning and real-life problem-solving in cybersecurity, coding, space exploration, and citizen science.” This sounds sooooo much better than the Girl Scouts of my youth. I’m a bitty jealous. Good evening, Internet…

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