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Renewable Energy, Fannie Lou Hamer, Instagram, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 24, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Windpower Engineering: New NRDC tool calculates cost of electricity by resource & region. “The [Natural Resources Defense Council] tool improves upon existing methods to compare, on an apples-to-apples basis, the cost of producing power from different technologies in each state and region of the country. They include onshore wind farms, large solar facilities, as well as gas, coal, and nuclear plants.”

Florida State University: FSU professor’s research spurs educational curriculum. “The ‘Find Your Voice: The Online Resource for Fannie Lou Hamer Studies’ includes school lesson plans, a new animated short movie by BrainPOP, a children’s book titled ‘Planting Seeds: The Life and Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer’ and a virtual tour of locations related to Hamer. A powerfully eloquent proponent of the civil rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer was known around the world for declaring that she was ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired.'”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Digital Trends: Instagram has more ads than ever and it’s all Facebook’s fault. “If you’ve noticed a lot more ads while scrolling Instagram, you’re not alone: Facebook has told Instagram to double the amount of ads on the photo-sharing app. The Information reports that last year, Facebook gave Instagram instructions to ‘roughly double’ their ads.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 10 Best Websites to Find Volunteer Work That’s Right for You . “Giving back to the community makes yourself and others feel great. Thanks to the internet, volunteer opportunities have never been easier to find. Whether you want to help animals, the environment, or people in need, volunteer websites can match you with specific opportunities. Ready to lend a helping hand? Check out these best websites to find volunteer work.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests. “Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong.”

CNET: Memes on Instagram, Reddit bring comfort to people struggling with depression. “Memes tackling existential crises and mental health have become an outlet for people seeking light in even the darkest struggles. Topics like depression, debt and failed relationships are regularly explored on meme pages on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter. The memes help to defuse situations with humor and to reinforce common experiences, bringing people from all walks of life together.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Techdirt: Why Is MLB Claiming Revenue From Obviously Fair Use Videos On YouTube?. “Nearly a decade ago, we wrote a bunch about an excellent book called Copyfraud, by law professor Jason Mazzone, which went into great detail about how the legacy entertainment industry companies have used copyright in ways that are clearly against copyright’s intent — to the point that they border on fraud. The concept of copyfraud should be referred to more frequently, and here’s a perfect example.”

CNN: Federal officials raise concerns about White House plan to police alleged social media censorship. “Officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have expressed serious concerns about a draft Trump administration executive order seeking to regulate tech giants such as Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR), according to several people familiar with the matter.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CIO: Digital twins for kākāpō and AI to track kiwi calls: How tech is helping save NZ’s endangered birds . “There are 200 kākāpō in New Zealand, and each and every one of them is able to be monitored by the Department of Conservation. ‘I describe it as having a digital twin for every one of these birds,’ says Mike Edginton, CIO at the Department of Conservation (DoC).”

Purdue University: Obesity online educational resource offers insight in to widespread disease. “According to research done on the top 12 fast food and neighborhood restaurant chains, there are over 3,000 combinations of meals a child could choose from, but only a dozen combinations meet nutrition standards and dietary guidelines. Did you know that what a mother eats while she is pregnant may influence her child’s risk for being overweight A team of obesity experts created an online resource to help people learn more facts like this about obesity prevention.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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