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Organic Chemistry, Timber Resources, Instagram, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 1, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Daily Bruin: New organic chemistry website hopes to be engaging, interactive student resource. “The website, R/S Chemistry, focuses on teaching students principles of organic chemistry – a branch of chemistry that deals with carbon-based molecules. The website has three difficulties and two different modes that students can use to practice their skills. There is a learn mode with an interactive model to help students picture molecules in three dimensions, and an expert mode that tests their skills in a timed game.”

The Eagle: Texas A&M, forestry experts create interactive map of regional timber resources. “The interactive map of 13 Southern states… estimates the amount of timberland, standing timber, trucking time of sites and the growth and removals within different distances.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Instagram launches a ‘creators’ account to encourage more… creation. “Instagram deployed a new tool today that should help it continue to build a more viable alternative to YouTube for individual creators looking to try a different platform. It’s a dedicated account called @creators, which will deliver tips and tricks for people hoping to become more active on the platform.”

Ars Technica: Most mobile browsers display the Web, that’s it—Vivaldi Mobile can change that. “Vivaldi—makers of the power user’s favorite Web browser—has finally released a mobile version. Vivaldi for Android (sorry iOS users, it’s Android-only for now) brings most of what’s great about Vivaldi to your phone, and thanks to Vivaldi’s sync service, you can even have all your desktop data on your mobile device.”

USEFUL STUFF

Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part Fourteen: Remediating the Damage. “As genealogists, we may come in contact with documents and records that are clearly damaged from water, mold, natural deterioration, fire or many other causes. It is important to understand that our efforts to curate this damage may do more harm than good.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Fast Company: Hundreds of thousands of people read novels on Instagram. They may be the future. “Designed by the design agency Mother New York, Insta Novels is the winner of Fast Company‘s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards in the Apps & Games category. Since launching in August 2018, more than 300,000 people have read the NYPL’s Insta Novels, and the NYPL’s Instagram account has gained 130,000 followers. While gaining more followers was definitely part of the project’s aim, the NYPL is more excited—and surprised—that people actually read the books that it published on Instagram.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Internet users must actively consent to use of cookies, EU court rules. “Internet users must actively consent to companies storing cookies that are used to track online browsing behavior, the European Court of Justice said on Tuesday in a ruling that could significantly effect ePrivacy regulation.”

Bloomberg Quint: Amazon, Facebook and Google to Face Another House Inquiry. “House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez plans to invite Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. to face questions from her committee on how the companies may be damaging the competitive landscape for small businesses.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Boing Boing: That time my husband reported me to the Facebook police: a case study . “He clicked on a link, made some choices from a drop-down menu or two, told them to take down one of my posts, and they did — permanently. At the time, I was mad. Now, though, I see this for the gift that it was. My husband was giving me an example, complete with screen shots, of the company’s process for handling a modestly complex judgment call about online speech. Thanks, honey. He was also illustrating the limits of content moderation at Internet scale.” This article includes a picture of an artist’s model complete with a full frontal view of his tonker. Be warned.

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education: Use of Twitter across educational settings: a review of the literature. “The use of social media across the educational landscape is on the rise. Subsequently, the body of research on this topic is vibrant and growing. In this article, we present findings from a review of 103 peer-reviewed scientific studies published over the last decade (2007–2017) that address the use of Twitter for educational purposes across formal and informal settings.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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