Occult Books, KATV Film Archive, Russia Investigation, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2019


Haute Macabre (what a great name): Bury Us Beneath Occult Books: The Ritman Library Digitized. “Located in Amsterdam, The Ritman Library, aka the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, is a private library housing the world’s largest collection of occult books and manuscripts. This still-growing collection is comprised of 25,000 texts, including 4,500 pre-1800 books and manuscripts, on the subjects of Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion…. Now, thanks to the Hermetically Open Project, the core collection of these texts has been scanned and made available to pore over at your leisure.”

University of Arkansas: First Footage From Historic KATV News Film Archive Now Available Online. “The first news footage from the KATV archive is now available for public viewing in a searchable format online through the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.”

Just Security: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse. “Today we launch the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse – a resource tool that seeks to provide, in one place, all congressional investigations’ materials related to Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.”

Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects. “The site, called Philly Unsolved Murders, includes a database of unsolved murder cases featuring photos and stories or descriptions about victims. The stories and photos are submitted by the victims’ families, police said.” The site is not complete; more cases will be added over time.


CNET: Google to launch the Nest Mini, report says. “Google will be launching a second version of the Google Home Mini called the Nest Mini, according to a report. The new smart speaker will come with a built-in wall mount and better sound, 9to5Google reported Wednesday.”

Science: More than 700 German research institutions strike open-access deal with Springer Nature. “A consortium of more than 700 German research institutions and libraries today announced an agreement with publisher Springer Nature to make it simpler for authors to publish their papers open access. The agreement is the largest national open-access deal to date, but it doesn’t allow authors to publish open access in Nature or its sister journals.”


Common Sense: Teachers’ Essential Guide to Google Classroom. “What is Google Classroom? And how are teachers using it? Learn more about this popular platform and how to use it with students.”


New York Times: Many Are Abandoning Facebook. These People Have the Opposite Problem.. “For a decade, Christopher Reeves, an Uber driver in Seattle, used Facebook for everything: talking with friends, communicating with fellow drivers, meeting singles. But one day in June, as he was uploading photos from a comic book convention and a family trip to Disney Land, he found himself abruptly logged out.”

The Jordan Times: Photo collection spanning over four decades offers rare glimpse into archaelogical sites. “Nancy Lapp, an American archaeologist born in 1930, kept detailed records of a photo collection from her trips to Palestine and Jordan starting back in 1957 with her late husband Paul Lapp. Nancy Lapp recently donated approximately 2,500-3,000 35mm slides that belong to the Paul and Nancy Lapp collection to the American Centre of Oriental Research (ACOR) for research purposes, said archivist Rachael McGlensey in a recent interview with The Jordan Times.”


MakeUseOf: 8 Browser Extensions You Should Remove Now Due to DataSpii. “A major security issue has been discovered in a number of browser extensions for both Firefox and Chrome. These browser extensions are harvesting your data, and you should remove them immediately.”


Ars Technica: Physicists discover hidden text in what was thought to be blank Egyptian papyri. “A team of German scientists has used a combination of cutting-edge physics techniques to virtually ‘unfold’ an ancient Egyptian papyrus, part of an extensive collection housed in the Berlin Egyptian Museum. Their analysis revealed that a seemingly blank patch on the papyrus actually contained characters written in what had become ‘invisible ink’ after centuries of exposure to light.”

The Verge: Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers. “The data collected by self-driving cars used to be a closely guarded secret. But recently, many companies developing autonomous driving systems have begun to release their data to the research community in dribs and drabs. The latest to do so is Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, which today is making some of the high-resolution sensor data gathered by its fleet of autonomous vehicles available to researchers.” Good morning, Internet…

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