Alaska Schools, Virtual Yosemite, Ohio Farms, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 1, 2019


KTVA: New online tool helps Alaskan families stay on top of students’ education. “The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has come out with a new data portal to give families information about their child’s school.”

Sierra News Online: New Web Site Offers ‘Virtual’ Tour of Yosemite. “A new web site — Virtual Yosemite — is now offering a virtual reality (VR) tour of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas. The new site, which went live this summer, provides high resolution, 360-degree panoramic views from over 200 locations throughout the sprawling park.”

Cleveland Scene: New Matchmaker for Ohio Farmers, Landowners. “Beginning farmers in Ohio can struggle to acquire property for production, and it’s sometimes difficult for aging farmers to find someone who will continue the legacy of their land. However, a new tool might help both find the right match.”


CNET: NASA will air a gazillion ISS spacewalks over the next few months. “NASA’s live TV feed is expected to broadcast ‘what may become a record pace of 10 complex spacewalks’ starting on Sunday, Oct. 6. This rate of spacewalks has not been seen since the ISS was completed in 2011, NASA said.”

Code (Love): 21 Resources To Learn Mathematics For Machine Learning. “It can be difficult at times to understand what’s going on with machine learning and to understand what mathematics for machine learning really means. This is due to the emergence of machine learning libraries and programming frameworks that take care of the mathematical and statistical logic. Anybody who works with machine learning needs to understand the mathematics and statistics of machine learning. Here’s a list of handy resources split by topic to address that need.” Annotation a little sparse at times, but an extensive list.


AdAge: Podcast ad blockers are here, but industry shouldn’t fret. “Ad blocking for audio has arrived. But the tech is in its infancy and poses little threat to a marketing channel where skipping an ad is already as easy as clicking a fast-forward button.”

Southern Gazette: Council wants Google to fix rat-run street. “THE City of Belmont wants Google Maps to change its software to stop a small suburban street from being used as a rat run by drivers accessing Perth Airport and DFO shops. Redcliffe residents say since the permanent closure of Brearley Avenue – the main access to the airport – last year, commuters were being directed by Google Maps down Epsom Avenue on to Stanton Road.” A rat run, in this case, is a small side street or shortcut.


Ars Technica: Webkit zero-day exploit besieges Mac and iOS users with malvertising redirects. “Attackers have bombarded the Internet with more than 1 billion malicious ads in less than two months. The attackers targeted iOS and macOS users with what were zero-day vulnerabilities in Chrome and Safari browsers that were recently patched, researchers said on Monday.”

Engadget: Researchers easily breached voting machines for the 2020 election. “The voting machines that the US will use in the 2020 election are still vulnerable to hacks. A group of ethical hackers tested a bunch of those voting machines and election systems (most of which they bought on eBay). They were able to crack into every machine, The Washington Post reports. Their tests took place this summer at a Def Con cybersecurity conference, but the group visited Washington to share their findings yesterday.”


TechCrunch: Privacy in a digital world. “Technological progress has created a situation of severe tension and incompatibility between the right to privacy and the extensive data pooling on which the digital economy is based. This development requires new thinking about the substance of that right.”

Jisc: One million pages on the history of science freely available for researchers, students and teachers. “Jisc and global publisher Wiley are poised to digitise a one-million-page collection on the history of science. The collection will largely comprise content from the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), now the British Science Association (BSA). UK universities will also be able to put their collections forward for inclusion in this digital archive provided the content complements the BAAS archive and meets practical and logistic considerations.”

Mongabay: New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia. “Called ‘Amazon Fires — Bolivia,” the application pulls in data on the pollutant particles that get trapped in the air above a fire from a sensor on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5 satellite. By combining that ‘aerosol’ data with recent satellite images using Google Earth Engine, app users can plot out the locations of fires in ‘near real time.'” Good morning, Internet…

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