The Troubles, Ancient Greece, YouTube, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 12, 2019


Irish News: Archive shows rare photographs of IRA men patrolling streets of west Belfast. “RARE photographs of IRA men patrolling the streets of west Belfast during the early days of the Troubles have been donated to a unique online archive. Dozens of pictures taken across several years have been handed over to the Belfast Archive Project by a former amateur photographer from west Belfast.”

TechCrunch: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gets an educational mode — complete with quizzes. “In my review of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I was blown away by the authenticity and level of detail in the game world. The game itself — well, it was fine. But the highlight was ancient Greece in all its classical splendor, and a new educational Discovery Tour mode aims to teach the history of that society through a gaming lens. The free update, available now to anyone who owns the game, adds dozens of historical ‘tours’ guided by a NPC, in which you can learn about the cities of ancient Greece, the life and crafts of the people who lived there, what they believed and how they were governed, and of course the many famous battles of the era.” Might have to get the game now.

Tubefilter: YouTube Forges New ‘Red Diamond Creator Award’ For Channels With 100 Million Subscribers. Note to historians reading this after I am dust – oh, who am I kidding – there are only two channels that currently qualify. “YouTube has partnered with renowned crystal brand Baccarat to forge its latest creator award — the so-called Red Diamond Creator Award, which will be delivered to channels that have surpassed 100 million subscribers.”


Rhode Island College: Medical Data Isn’t the Problem. Understanding It Is.. “Roberta Powell ’09, a former nurse educator, may not be your typical app inventor, but her new tool for translating medical information into layperson’s terms is redefining the relationship between patients and their doctors. With her new app, all you need to do is enter the health data you don’t understand and the app will translate it into easy-to-understand language and images.” Three cheers for Roberta Powell!

How-To Geek: What Can I Do with My Old iPhone?. “Your old iPhone doesn’t become useless as soon as you get a new one. Don’t just throw it in a drawer—you can sell it, recycle it, or turn it into something cool!”


Adland: Google bans British greasy spoon café ad, for advertising their faggots and peas.. “You see, there’s a little café called ‘Fanny’s Rest Stop’ in Newport, which despite their terrible taste in fonts and eclectic 50-diner-ish furniture, serves all the classics that a proper greasy spoon in the UK should. The owner, Jo Evans-Pring, enlisted her friend Chris Barnbrook for help setting up her online presence, to promote her business and advertise. Things were going quite well, with new customers dropping in and business picking up, until one day an ad was unceremoniously rejected.” I thought a “faggot” was a bundle of sticks, and it is, but it’s also apparently a kind of meatball.

Slate: The Complicated Decisions That Come With Digitizing Indigenous Languages. “When Europeans first made contact with tribes across the continent, more than 2,000 languages were being spoken. Today, after centuries of forced relocations, broken treaties, abusive residential schools, and other discriminatory practices, only 256 languages are spoken. A full 199 are endangered, according to the Catalogue of Endangered Languages. Yet even after everything those communities endured, they’re fighting for their words—and the ability to protect them. New technology like smartphone keyboards, language-learning apps, and digital databases makes revitalization work easier than ever, but it also requires hard conversations about which parts of a language must be kept offline.”

The Verge: YouTube creators are turning the site into a podcast network. “Several YouTubers — including Logan Paul, Marques Brownlee, and Emma Chamberlain — have launched podcasts in the last year. They’re all available through traditional audio platforms, like Apple Podcasts and Spotify, but many also offer video versions that live on dedicated YouTube channels where they’ve become incredibly popular.”


Ars Technica, with a side of eyeroll: Equifax claims administrator says victims must provide more info to claim cash. “If you’re one of the millions of Americans who received an email this weekend from the Equifax breach settlement administrator, you’re not alone. Nor are you alone if you were surprised or confused by the message, as more than a half-dozen Ars readers who forwarded theirs were. The message, however, is entirely legitimate, and the information it seeks is part of the claims process.”

Lifehacker: Uninstall These 24 Android Apps Infected with New ‘Joker’ Malware. “Another day, another batch of Android apps that made it into the Google Play Store—accumulating hundreds of thousands of downloads—with some sneaky malware embedded in their code.”


Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic selects Google as strategic partner for health care innovation, cloud computing . “With the help of Google, Mayo Clinic will transform the way it advances virtual care with AI-enabled digital diagnostics. Mayo also will leverage Google technology to boost its ability to conduct medical research. Through this partnership, Mayo Clinic will be able to develop and deploy new machine learning models designed to improve treatment precision and clinical outcomes of diseases.”

Iowa State University: Chasing storm data: machine learning looks for useful data in U.S. thunderstorm reports. “When [Bill] Gallus heard campus colleagues from Iowa State’s Theoretical and Applied Data Science research group talk about machine learning, he thought the technology’s data analysis capabilities could help him study and analyze the Storm Reports database. Maybe the computers could find relationships or connections in the reports that could lead to new forecasting tools? Well, not so fast, said scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).” Good morning, Internet…

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