Africa Health Care, Misidentified Images, Lake Erie Shipwrecks, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, July 28, 2019


Xinhua: Kenya launches data bank on pan-African public health facilities. “Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Wednesday launched an inventory that captures the geographical distribution of public health facilities in 50 African countries. The inventory contains information on geographical location of 98,745 public health facilities managed by governments, local authorities and charitable organizations.”

Fast Company: The world’s most-advanced AI can’t tell what’s in these photos. Can you?. “Is that a manhole cover or dragonfly sitting on a table? Is that a green iguana or just a squirrel running with some nuts? Is that a unicycle or a crocodile crossing the road? To humans, the answer is obvious. But the best image-identifying artificial intelligence in the world hasn’t a clue.”


The Beacon: Lake Erie shipwrecks guide updated, on display in Port Clinton. “Ohio Sea Grant and partners have released an update of Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, a web guide to Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, their history and location. First created in 2008, the website now features five additional shipwrecks beyond the 26 listed in the accompanying brochure, as well as 22 lighthouses and nine maritime museums along the shoreline.”

Tubefilter: Facebook And Instagram Ban User Posts Selling Alcohol And Tobacco. “Facebook and Instagram users are no longer allowed to utilize any of the platforms’ functions to privately sell, trade, transfer, or gift alcohol or tobacco products, per a new policy that rolled out yesterday. The new policy also affects businesses that post content related to alcohol and tobacco sales; from now on, they will have to place restrictions on that content so it can only be seen by users aged 18 and older.”

Search Engine Land: Google shortnames bug persists despite Google insisting it’s fixed. “The saga of shortnames continues. About two weeks ago, a bug caused Google My Business (GMB) listings to disappear when shortnames were added to accounts. That problem was supposed to be resolved and the missing listings restored early last week, according to Google. Problem appears to persist.”


The Manhattan Mercury (this is Manhattan, Kansas): Manhattan native creating digital public notice database. “A team of 10 young computer programmers and entrepreneurs is in Manhattan for the summer, trying to revolutionize a piece of the newspaper business. That outfit is led by Jake Seaton, a recent Harvard grad and the next generation in a newspaper family. Seaton, a 2013 Manhattan High graduate and a 2019 computer science grad from Harvard, is launching a company called enotice, pronounced ‘e-notice.’ That company aims to build a digital platform designed to make public notices accessible online.”

The Daily Dot: Some influencers are upset over Instagram’s ‘like count ban’ . “A new Instagram “like count ban” is supposed to make the platform a healthier space, but it is drawing criticism from influencers who are fearful the change could negatively impact their bottom line. The feature–which is currently being tested in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, Ireland, and Brazil–hides the number of likes a post receives from everyone except the original poster. The move is likely in response to studies that found photo-sharing apps, like Instagram and Snapchat, have harmful effects on users’ self-esteem and mental health.”


CBS News: CBS News investigation finds fraudulent court orders used to change Google search results. “A Google search can reveal negative information about anyone or any company. Since it’s difficult to change those results, many small businesses are paying thousands to so-called reputation management companies to make negative web pages disappear. Much of the work is legitimate, but a CBS News investigation into online reputation management found some companies hired to clean up Google searches appear to be engaging in criminal activity.”

Boing Boing: Adblocking: How about nah?. “As the online world has grown more concentrated, with more and more power in fewer and fewer hands, it’s become increasingly difficult for Web publishers to resist advertisers’ insistence on obnoxious tracking ads. But Internet users have never been willing to accept take-it-or-leave-it as the last word in technological self-determination. Adblockers are the new pop-up blockers, a way for users to do what publishers can’t or won’t do: demand a better deal from advertisers.”


Ubergizmo: Your Smartphone’s Accelerometer Could Be Used To Predict Personality Traits. “This is based on data like how far we walk, when we walk, how often we pick up our phones during the night, and so on.”

University of Southern California: Tackling Lack of Diversity in Genetics Research. “Genotyping, or determining which genetic variants an individual possesses, has paved the way for understanding how common variations in our DNA can be associated with health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The hope is to determine your risk of developing a disease and, hopefully, prevent it. But if you’re not white, the science may fall short.”

Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s worst ‘environmental injustice’ areas ID’d. “It’s a troubling combination for many Michigan residents: daily exposure to heightened environmental risks such as air and water pollution, heavy traffic and contaminated sites, and having those conditions particularly affect the most socially vulnerable populations — the poor, less educated, sometimes with limited English language skills.” Good morning, Internet…

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