Teaching Chemistry, Tucson Citizen, Wax Cylinders, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, September 30, 2019


Royal Society of Chemistry: Lesson planning just got a whole lot easier. “We’ve launched our new education website that brings together all our support for chemistry teaching in one place. With just one simple and free registration, our users can now access Education in Chemistry articles, all of the teaching resources previously available from Learn Chemistry, the Chemistry Olympiad, Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, professional development and more.”

Tucson Sentinel: Tucson Citizen archive back from the dead — ‘such as it is’. “After vanishing at the beginning of the year, a small fraction of the former online archive of the Tucson Citizen has been restored — but more than 200,000 stories are still unavailable. The bare-bones remnants of the Citizen’s archive vanished from the Internet in January, and corporate staff gave conflicting accounts about whether hundreds of thousands of news stories would ever be accessible again.”


Indiana University: Stories etched in wax: Preservation project saves sounds of the past. “Indiana University’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative met a major milestone this summer by completing its wax cylinder digitization project.”

Neowin: Dropbox launches reimagined shared folders with Dropbox Spaces. “Dropbox has announced the availability of Dropbox Spaces, a re-imagination of shared folders for the modern-day. The feature turns shared folders into workspaces where you can collaborate with others.”

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Earth’ will open up to players in October and you can sign up right now . “Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game in the vein Niantic’s 2017 hit, and its ‘early access’ phase of release is officially set to begin in October. Fans interested in participating can sign up starting on Sep. 28 at the game’s website.”


9to5Google: Here’s where to download the ‘Recorder’ app from the Pixel 4. “Voice recorder apps are a dime a dozen, but having one with a clean design, no ads, and being pre-installed on your phone is a nice thing to have. That’s exactly what the Pixel 4 will ship with, but we’re able to help you get it a bit early.” Apparently it should run on any phone running Android 10.

Genealogy’s Star: All of the MyHeritage LIVE 2019 Lectures Now Online. “I am not sure, but I think that this may be only the second time that an entire genealogy conference has been made available for free online with videos. The first time was from the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference.”

Ditch that Textbook: 20 add-ons and extensions to supercharge your Google Slides presentations. “During our weekly #Ditchbook Twitter chat (Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. MST / 9 p.m. CST / 10 p.m. EST), we asked educators to share their favorite add-ons and extensions for Google Slides. As usual, they shared some amazing ideas!” Note this is a tweet roundup. While there is useful information here the annotation is uneven.


Nintendo Life: Australia’s National Film And Sound Archive To Preserve Locally Made Games. “Now that the digital age has arrived, video game preservation is arguably more important than ever. Fortunately, steps are slowly being taken around the world to ensure this industry’s rich history lives on for the benefit of future generations. Down under, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has announced it will begin to archive locally made games – including the storyboards, artwork, and soundtracks associated with each one.”

Nieman Lab: That Chinese news aggregation app that’s been driving a ton of traffic might become an American news aggregator app. “If you’re the kind of person who follows trends in news aggregator apps — and hey, you’re reading Nieman Lab, it’s a reasonable possibility — you may have noticed the growing buzz around a mobile app called, well, TopBuzz. It’s based in China, owned by ByteDance, the same company that hooked your niece and nephew on TikTok.”

New York Times: Brace Yourself for the Internet Impeachment. “As impeachment looms, disinformation experts are bracing for a fresh cyclone of chaos, complete with fast-twitch media manipulation, droves of false and misleading claims, and hyper-polarized audiences fiercely clinging to their side’s version of reality.”


Vox: Jeff Bezos says Amazon is writing its own facial recognition laws to pitch to lawmakers. “In February, the company, which has faced escalating scrutiny over its controversial facial recognition tech, called Amazon Rekognition, published guidelines it said it hoped lawmakers would consider enacting. Now Amazon is taking another step, Bezos told reporters in a surprise appearance following Amazon’s annual Alexa gadget event in Seattle on Wednesday.” Good morning, Internet…

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