Koalas, Code with Google, University of California / Elsevier, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 12, 2019


Macarthur Advertiser: Vast database on Campbelltown’s koalas shared . “That treasure trove of scientifically-collated research, along with videos, maps, newspaper clippings, press releases and the back catalogue of Mac Koala Club, a column written by Dr Close and published weekly in the Advertiser from 1995 to 2013, is now but a few clicks of an electronic device away.”


Google Blog: New coding activities for any classroom. “Since its launch in 2013, CS First, a Code with Google curriculum for elementary and middle school students, has been used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students in over 75 countries. While we’ve heard teachers love bringing the magic of coding into the classroom, they’ve also told us that they want more subject-specific coding activities.”

Science: UC faculty members quit Cell Press editorial boards over impasse with publisher. “Some of the University of California’s (UC’s) most prominent scientists have announced they will resign from editorial boards of Cell Press to protest the continuing impasse between its owner, publishing giant Elsevier, and UC over subscription costs and open access to articles.”


Popular Science: How to do two-factor authentication like a pro . “…deciding to activate 2FA is like deciding you want to start running—do you just want to jog a bit, train for a 5k, or get yourself in shape for an entire marathon? There are a number of options, including apps and security keys, that provide different levels of protection for all your security and privacy needs. You can use a single method that works best for you, or employ several for one account, depending on the platform. The choice is yours.”

MakeUseOf: 5 No-Signup Free Online Video Editors That Keep You Anonymous. “You shoot videos regularly, but you don’t always need to edit those videos. On the off chance that you want to edit, try these free online video editors with no downloads and no registration.”


Go London: Ian McKellen interview footage will be used to create huge, free educational resource. “Sir Ian McKellen is a busy man – he’s starring in a one-man show to celebrate his 80th birthday, and now will be the focus of a new website designed to help students. The creators of documentary McKellen: Playing The Part will develop the interactive website to include hours of unseen interview footage that didn’t fit into the film.”


Mexico News Daily: Lawmakers describe social media shaming nicknames as ‘digital violence’. “A federal lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban social media public shaming with the use of ‘Lady’ and ‘Lord’ nicknames, a common practice in Mexico to denounce bad behavior. But critics were quick to come up with a new hashtag for Deputy María de Jesús Rósete Sánchez — #LadyCensura, or Lady Censorship.”

CNET: Instagram, YouTube and Facebook could be fined millions over harmful content. “Instagram, Facebook and YouTube could face huge fines for failing to remove toxic online videos as part of a crackdown by the UK government on harmful social media content. The government said on Monday that under new rules due to be introduced next year, tech companies would have to pay up to 5% of their revenue or even face restriction or suspension of services if they fail to remove content.”


Newswise: Enhancing the Quality of AI Requires Moving Beyond the Quantitative, New Analysis Concludes. “Artificial Intelligence engineers should enlist ideas and expertise from a broad range of social science disciplines, including those embracing qualitative methods, in order to reduce the potential harm of their creations and to better serve society as a whole, a pair of researchers has concluded in an analysis that appears in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence.”

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more. “Today, DARPA launched the addition of four new incubators on the Polyplexus portal, raising the total to 16 since its inception, with eight being active. Launched in March, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Polyplexus portal is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project.” Good evening, Internet…

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