Alleged Witches, Public School Performance, Facebook Watch, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2019


The Scotsman: Map of Scots women accused of witchcraft published for first time. “A map that tracks more than 3,000 Scots women who were accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century has been published for the first time. The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh.”

University of Colorado Boulder: Anyone can look up school data with new online tool. “The database, first made available online in 2016 in a format designed mainly for researchers, is built from 350 million reading and math test scores from 3rd to 8th grade students during 2008-2016 in every public school in the nation. It also includes district-level measures of racial and socioeconomic composition, segregation patterns, and other educational conditions.”


Tubefilter: Facebook Watch And ESPN Team Up For New Slate Of Interactive Sports Shows. “ESPN is getting into the Facebook Watch game. The sports giant has signed a deal for Facebook to exclusively distribute its digital content, including entire new series as well as additional segments from shows that air on ESPN’s TV networks.”

USA Today: Grammarly’s latest tool will tell you if your text comes across too harshly . “Called Tone Detector, the tool will encourage you to consider rephrasing an email when your intended message may get lost on the reader. It will tell you how your message may sound to the person you’re sending it to.”

United Steelworkers: Workers at Google Contractor HCL Vote to Join USW. “The United Steelworkers (USW) union announced today that it is proud to welcome as new members approximately 80 tech workers employed by the Google contractor HCL Technologies.”


Daily Times (Pakistan): At vast New York warehouse, preserving records in the digital age. “The turntable needle drops and the reverbs of the obscure band The Motifs ring out, bouncing off mountains of records lining the musty warehouse housing America’s largest pop music collection. The cavernous independent private music library, known as the ARChive of Contemporary Music, on a non-descript street in lower Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood claims more than three million recordings — mostly vinyl and some CDS and cassettes, not to mention a vast collection of memorabilia.”

BBC: Snopes: How do you survive 25 years debunking fake news?. “Snopes began as a forum for sharing and investigating urban legends and cool folklore. But in a world where ‘fake news’ dominates, where disinformation is a part of the political sphere and misinformation touches every single corner of the internet, what is it about this online encyclopaedia which has made it become the go-to bible for many fact-checkers?”

New York Times: China Scores Businesses, and Low Grades Could Be a Trade-War Weapon. “China is funneling vast amounts of public and private data into huge databases aimed at tightening its control over its nearly 1.4 billion people. But the business world has become its biggest target.”


BetaNews: Microsoft releases emergency patches for Internet Explorer zero-day and Windows Defender flaw. “Microsoft has released a pair of emergency patches, one for a remote code execution zero-day in Internet Explorer, and one for a denial of service vulnerability in Windows Defender.”

CNET: Hackers set up a fake veteran-hiring website to infect victims with malware. “A website pretending to help find jobs for US military veterans was found to be infecting their computers with malware, Cisco Talos said Tuesday. The website was called, a Talos blog post said, and asked users to download a fake installer app that deployed malware and malicious spying tools.”


News18 (India): Central Heritage Database of Archaeological sites, Artefacts through Satellite Mapping Soon. “The government is planning to set up a facility for satellite mapping and documentation to create a central heritage database of archaeological sites and artefacts, sources said Sunday. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will create this digital repository with the help of the Tata Trust, which will build this facility under its Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Nature: Make more digital twins. “Digital twins — precise, virtual copies of machines or systems — are revolutionizing industry. Driven by data collected from sensors in real time, these sophisticated computer models mirror almost every facet of a product, process or service. Many major companies already use digital twins to spot problems and increase efficiency1. Half of all corporations might be using them by 2021, one analyst predicts2.” Good morning, Internet…

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