Buddhist Art, San Diego Law Enforcement, TikTok, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 27, 2019


Buddhistdoor: Freer and Sackler Galleries Launch Digital Catalogue of Goryeo Buddhist Art. “South Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration and the US-based Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have launched a new website titled Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look, showcasing Buddhist art from Korea’s Goryeo dynasty. The new online catalogue serves as a digital repository for all Goryeo-era art currently held in the collections of museums in the United States.”

10News San Diego: Transparency Project: How 10News is making San Diego law enforcement files public. “After Senate Bill 1421 went into effect on January 1, 2019, California law enforcement agencies are required to make internal reports for officer-involved shootings and major uses of force, officer dishonesty and confirmed cases of sexual assault available to the public. The 10News database contains files released by the following law enforcement agencies in San Diego County…”


Digital Trends: TikTok’s creepy new feature lets you search for videos based on people’s faces. “You’ll soon be able to look up the faces featured in a TikTok clip. The ByteDance-owned short-form video app is testing a new reverse-image search tool in China. In addition to items such as clothes, the feature will allow you to select a face and browse other videos the person it belongs to appears in.”

Columbia Journalism Review: The new Merriam-Webster words. “LAST WEEK, MERRIAM-WEBSTER inflamed the language world again by adding 533 new words to its dictionary. As usual, the new entries are a mixture of new words and new definitions for words that already existed. Some come of the words from popular culture, some from science, some from business, and some from out of someone’s hat.”


Honolulu Civil Beat: This Facebook Campaign Is Teaching Tourists How To Behave In Hawaii. “With tourists increasingly lured to Hawaii by beachside Instagram selfies and Facebook stories depicting a tropical island paradise, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is using the tools for a campaign aimed not at luring visitors to Hawaii, but letting them know how to behave once they’re here.” A deeper dive than I expected, and an interesting read.

BBC: How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable. “Podcasts are now produced by commercial broadcasters, individuals and companies with no connection to broadcasting. In fact anyone with something to say, and a few pounds to spend on the equipment to say it, can get involved. The digital audio files are cheap to produce and, thanks to the internet, easy to distribute.”


Science Magazine: New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases. “The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.”

CNET: Why the fate of online accessibility may rest with a Domino’s Pizza lawsuit. “Many websites still aren’t designed and coded so that people with disabilities, ranging from visual to auditory to cognitive, can use them. Americans with disabilities are nearly three times as likely to never go online. They’re also around 20% less likely to have home broadband and own a computer, smartphone or tablet, according to Pew Research Center. The issue is coming to a head thanks to a potential Supreme Court case involving a blind customer and an unlikely defendant: Domino’s Pizza.”


National Institutes of Health: Five Petabytes of Sequence Read Archive Data Now in the Cloud. “The National Center for Biomedical Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently moved the five petabytes of public SRA data to the cloud with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative. These data include a variety of genomes, gene expression data, and more.”

BetaNews: Think you can spot a phishing email? Think again. “People may not be as good as they think they are at spotting phishing scams, according to researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr Casey Canfield, Missouri S&T assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, worked with Carnegie Mellon University colleagues Baruch Fischhoff and Ales Davis on the study, which measures how well people’s confidence in their ability to detect phishing matches with reality.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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