Steel Development, Colorado Collections, Tampa Bay Lightning, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 23, 2019


Green Car Congress: New database to speed creation of innovative steels . “Researchers from the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) in Russia have developed a database that will help create new grades of steels. This will speed up the process of creating innovative steel grades with specified strength and ductility allow at least 10 times, which will allow manufacturing car bodies of the most complex shapes. A paper describing their work is published in the journal Calphad.”


Colorado Virtual Libraries: Share Your Community’s Story Online with CVL-Collections. “The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce the launch of the CVL-Collections program. This program was created to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations that want to share digital collections like yearbooks, photos, and oral history recordings online, but don’t have the resources to support a content management system (CMS) locally, and are not part of a large consortium that hosts a digital archive.”

A sports photographer is holding a Kickstarter to crowdfund the digitizing of his Tampa Bay Lightning photography. From the page: “This is Jon Hayt and I would like to first introduce myself as I was the Team Photographer for the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Team that was formed in 1992 during the early 90’s expansion phase of the NHL. I was the team photographer from 1992 early 2000 and all of my photography was shot on Fujichrome 100 ISO color slide film shot under arena strobe lights set up in the catwalks of the various arenas and triggered from my camera to create beautiful high quality color images of the game and players…. I am estimating that there will be around 10,000 images scanned and ready for archiving. My goal is to place this archive with the Hockey Hall of Fame up in Toronto Canada so that it can be shared with current and future fans, players and the folks that were part of the early years of this team.”


BBC: YouTube: ‘We don’t take you down the rabbit hole’. “On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat Earth conspiracy theory spread. But the company’s new managing director for the UK, Ben McOwen Wilson, said YouTube ‘does the opposite of taking you down the rabbit hole’.”

CNET: Fake Facebook accounts are already reportedly offering Libra cryptocurrency. “Facebook is already struggling with multiple fake accounts on its own social media platforms that are offering its newly announced cryptocurrency, Libra, The Washington Post reported Monday. Libra isn’t set to launch until the first half of next year, but around a dozen accounts, groups and pages are already on Facebook and Instagram, the report said.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s social media platform Yazbee aims for 30M users by 2020. “A local social media platform developed by Turkish entrepreneurs and engineers, Yazbee, is ready for prime time. Arif Ünver, the founding chairman of the application, stated that the company has the potential to employ 500 people and become a global brand. They aim to reach 30 million users next year.”


VICE: Researchers Easily Trick Cylance’s AI-Based Antivirus Into Thinking Malware Is ‘Goodware’. “By taking strings from an online gaming program and appending them to malicious files, researchers were able to trick Cylance’s AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other malware are benign.”

ZDNet: Hackers breach 62 US colleges by exploiting ERP vulnerability. “Hackers have breached the systems of 62 colleges and universities by exploiting a vulnerability in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) web app, the US Department of Education said in a security alert sent out this week.”

Illinois Public Radio: Illinois To Create Online Database Of Mental Health Resources For Students, Parents And School Staff. “A new state law directs the Illinois Department of Human Services to create an online database with mental health resources that parents and school staff can use to help students. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation into law earlier this month. The law specifically highlights resources related to bullying and school shootings.”


Phys .org: The internet is surprisingly fragile, crashes thousands of times a year, and no one is making it stronger. “Given it is mission-critical for much of the world’s economic and social life, shouldn’t the net be designed to withstand not just minor hiccups but also major catastrophes, and to prevent small problems turning into much bigger ones? Governing bodies such as the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) have long warned of the risk of such cascading incidents in causing systemic internet failure. Yet the internet remains worryingly fragile.”

The Next Web: Anonymous chat apps fuels both free speech and cyberbullying. “The problem with anonymous apps is the torrent of reports of cyberbullying, harassment, and threats that appear to be even more of a feature than in regular social networks. Psychologist John Suler, who specializes in online behavior, describes this phenomenon as the ‘online disinhibition effect’. This means people feel less accountable for their actions when they feel removed from their real identities.”

EurekAlert: Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships. “Facebook can help first-semester college students maintain relationships with high school friends and assist them in creating new friendships, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. When it comes to making new friends, those with higher confidence in their social skills have less to gain from relying on Facebook, while people with lower confidence in their social skills have more to gain from a reliance on the social media platform.” Good morning, Internet…

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