Pacific Ocean, Google Fonts, Podcasting, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 15, 2019


University of Washington: New portal takes you deep within the ocean’s hidden world. “The Interactiveoceans website takes you deep into the ocean, offering data on light, temperature and a whole host of other variables collected by more than 140 instruments throughout the water column and along the seafloor. It offers recordings of mammal vocalizations and video from underwater hot springs where never-before-seen organisms live. It introduces the technology and the instruments being used on the Regional Cabled Array, with data streaming to shore through fiber optic cables at the speed of broadband Internet.”


Digital Inspiration: Want to Read Faster? Change your Default Font In Google Docs. “Google has added a new font family – Lexend – that will help you read faster and better. The font is available inside Google Docs, Sheets and Google Slides or you can download it directly from the Google Fonts website and use it in offline apps like Microsoft Word.”

MakeUseOf: Spotify Wants to Help Podcasters Get More Listeners . “Spotify has launched Spotify for Podcasters, a dedicated platform just for podcasters. With podcasting growing as a medium, streaming media companies are desperate to become the home of podcasts. Hence Spotify reaching out to podcasters in this way.”

Mashable: Instagram now lets anyone make their own AR effects . “Get ready to see a lot of new augmented reality effects in Instagram. The photo-sharing app is now prominently featuring user-generated AR selfie filters in a move that seems like a direct challenge to Snapchat’s Lenses.”


PR Newswire: Iron Mountain And The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation Announce New Project To Preserve Rare Spanish-American War Collection (PRESS RELEASE). “Iron Mountain’s financial support will enable the Women’s Memorial Foundation to digitize its significant Spanish-American War collection, which documents the superior service of the more than 1,500 contract nurses who served in the Army and Navy general hospitals, aboard the hospital ship Relief, in stateside camps, the Philippine Islands, Puerto Rico and Hawaii during the conflict. The collection includes hundreds of photographs, service documents, letters, news clippings, and irreplaceable artifacts from 1898; once digitized, the collection will be used in future permanent exhibits at the Women’s Memorial as well as for a digital, online archive that will be available for researchers and the public.”

The State: Archives seeks expanded access to NC court documents. “The State Archives of North Carolina is getting $140,000 toward a project designed to expand an online catalog that helps historians and other citizens know names and places within hard-to-decipher records. An improved index means they’ll know which documents they want to go read in person.”

Poynter: A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the world. “Spanning from Brazil to South Korea, these efforts raise questions about infringing free speech guarantees and are frequently victims of uncertainty. The muddying of the definition of fake news, the relative reach of which is still being studied, hinders governments’ ability to accomplish anything effective. In the spirit of this confusion, explained in detail in a Council of Europe report, Poynter has created a guide for existing attempts to legislate against what can broadly be referred to as online misinformation.” Wow, this extensive!


Washington Post: YouTube discriminates against LGBT content by unfairly culling it, suit alleges. “A group of LGBT video creators is accusing YouTube of discrimination by suppressing their content, restricting their ability to sell advertising and culling their subscribers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday evening against the video site and its parent, Google.”

The Guardian: Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms. “The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.”


CNET: Researchers propose detecting deepfakes with surprising new tool: Mice. “Decades after Terminator’s Skynet first taught us to fear the apocalyptic potential of artificial intelligence, deepfakes represent a less deadly but very real threat from AI. Some researchers are now using a surprising and definitively analog tool to detect AI-manipulated audio: mice.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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