Sandstone Arches, Learning Languages, Math Problems, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2019


New-to-me: a database of sandstone archives. From Deseret News: Utah geologist spends days hunting for arches: 1,941 and still counting. “In 2002 [Jens Munthe] published ‘Arches of the Escalante Canyons and Kaiparowits Plateau, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.’ Back then, 640 arches had been documented in the region. Now, Munthe’s database includes 1,941 arches with several dozen more waiting to be plotted on maps. He claims to have discovered more than 700 of the natural treasures himself.”


The Verge: Duolingo partnered with Twitch to help you learn languages better. “Yesterday, language-learning platform Duolingo announced a partnership with Twitch — yes, you read that right — to begin what’s called the Duolingo Verified Streamer program. The company chose 12 multilingual streamers to partner with who stream everything from cooking to CS: GO. The idea is that practicing with a streamer will help you learn faster, even if you aren’t speaking aloud. Immersion, above all, is key to learning a new language.”


Lifehacker: How to Solve Any Math Problem With an App. “Default calculator apps suck. They work like a traditional handheld calculator, which only displays one value at a time and can only do basic math. If you want to do anything more than calculate a tip, you’re better off with these free and cheap calculator apps.”

Search Engine Journal: Your Simple Guide to Twitter #Hashtags . “Twitter infamously helped create the hashtag in 2007, first used by Chris Messina, which changed not just Twitter, but all of social media – and much of the world around it – in a big way.”


Ars Technica: Please break up Facebook, cofounder asks regulators. “Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes isn’t just idly wondering if regulators might break up the tech behemoth he helped launch. He’s going on a personal tour, meeting with state and federal officials to lay out in detail the way he thinks it could be done.”

Artnet: Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View. “Seeing artist studios is interesting for a host of reasons. Some, such as the gardens at Monet’s retreat Giverny, are very much a part of the legend of the artists themselves. Others, such as Eugene Delacroix’s final apartment, offer insight into the environment that informed their work. Still others, including the nondescript street where Magritte spend years working out his Surrealist delights, offer a sense of what their imagination had to define itself against. Here, we’ve tracked down 11 historic sites where artists lived and worked that you can see in handy 3D image form without even leaving your chair.”


CSO: The biggest data breach fines, penalties and settlements so far. “Sizable fines assessed for data breaches in 2019 suggest that regulators are getting more serious about organizations that don’t properly protect consumer data. In the UK British Airways was hit with a record $230 million penalty, followed shortly by a $124 million fine for Marriott, while in the US Equifax agreed to pay a minimum of $575 million for its 2017 breach.”

Engadget: Local governments are still woefully unprepared to fight ransomware. “Our state and local governments found themselves under siege in 2019 from William Plunketts for the internet age. But rather than pistols and roadblocks, this new generation of bandits come armed with encryption algorithms and demands for bitcoin. Can today’s American cities and counties, long hamstrung by both a lack of interest and funding for cybersecurity efforts ever hope to withstand these digital muggings? Just ask Lake City, Florida.”


Wired: Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More ‘Toxic’? . “Hate speech is often predicated on underlying messages, as well. When subtext promotes hateful or discriminatory ideas, it represents a threat for marginalized and vulnerable groups. By training its algorithm to learn what content is likely to be considered toxic, Perspective’s tool seems to be giving more prevalence to words, rather than their underlying messages.”

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM): Florence Nightingale and the Data Visualization Society. “On July 15th, the Data Visualization Society introduced their new online publication, Nightingale, named in her honor. The Society, itself a new community, was formed ‘to collect and establish best practices, fostering a community that supports members as they grow and develop data visualization skills’ and Nightingale will publish stories covering data viz techniques, design processes, and applications in a variety of fields.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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