German Techno Mixes, US Constitution, Huntington Museum of Art, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, October 21, 2019


DJ Magazine: Listen To This 239GB Archive Of German Techno Mixes. “A huge library of German techno mixes has been shared online. You can listen to it below. The mixes are taken from the Hr3 and XXL Clubnight radio programs, which ran out of Frankfurt from 1990 through until 2014.”

The Daily Universe: BYU Law creates language database to help interpret Constitution. BYU is Brigham Young University. “This database is called the Corpus of Founding Era American English, also known as COFEA. ‘Corpus’ refers to a collection of written texts on a particular subject. The corpus holds founding-era documents that can be used by legal professionals for free as a tool to make educated legal decisions.”

Herald-Dispatch: Online database allows visitors to explore museum collection. “The Huntington Museum of Art has added the PastPerfect collections database to its website so that visitors can explore thousands of objects in HMA’s permanent art holdings. ‘The Huntington Museum of Art owns more than 16,000 art objects and the PastPerfect collections database will allow visitors to search for individual pieces of artwork to learn more about each one,’ said HMA Registrar Linda Sanns, whose job duties include maintaining records and locations for the thousands of objects in HMA’s care.”


University of Arkansas: Textbooks by University of Arkansas Faculty Added to Open Textbook Library. “Three openly licensed textbooks written by University of Arkansas faculty are now available in the Open Textbook Library.” The new textbooks cover physics, astronomy, and technical writing.


Washington Post: On Facebook’s live stream, Zuckerberg’s free-speech lecture got a big thumbs up. “During Mark Zuckerberg’s live-streamed speech on the dangers of censorship on Facebook, viewers saw a flood of almost entirely positive comments and emoji. The Facebook chief executive’s speech also received plenty of negative responses, but most were not visible during the talk because of how the algorithms behind a live stream with tens of thousands of viewers work.”

Cornell Chronicle: Five projects awarded 2019 digitization grants. “Cornell University Library’s Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences transforms fragile artifacts into lasting online collections for teaching and research. This year, the program has awarded funding to five projects representing a range of study, from unearthing a vanished hamlet in Enfield Falls, New York, to examining modern art in Indonesia.”

Military .com: Social Media OpSec Concerns Overstated, Army General Says. “A one-star general, an Army lieutenant, a popular cartoonist and the formerly anonymous administrator of a controversial community Facebook page walk onto a stage. It’s not the setup of an elaborate joke, but the foundation of a deeply nontraditional panel discussion at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. And it came with some very nontraditional advice.”


Des Moines Register: CenturyLink reports customer information exposed after 2.8 million records leaked. “A tech company with Iowa offices warns customers of leaked personal information, according to a CenturyLink Inc. email obtained by the Register. An incident with a third-party vendor led to customers’ personal information becoming public, according to the email sent to customers, including name, address, phone number and CenturyLink account number.”

The Register: Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you’re asleep… or dead? . “Pixel 4 owners can unlock their smartphones with their faces even if they have their eyes closed. That’s not good. Google’s Face Unlock feature in the new smartphone uses machine-learning algorithms to recognize your face and grant access to the device’s apps and data. The biometric system is designed to ensure that only you can only unlock your own phone.”

The Next Web: Researchers find fake WordPress plugins that secretly mine cryptocurrency. “Researchers have discovered several malicious WordPress plugins that are being used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency by running Linux binary code.”


Carnegie Mellon University: CMU Team Uses AI to Help Machines Play Nice with Humans. “The researchers received a $2.8 million DARPA grant to study team collective intelligence and the theory of mind involving human and machine interactions. Team collective intelligence relates to the ability of a team to work together across a range of tasks. Theory of the mind explores how a person can understand what others are thinking, and how they may react to something, based on subtle nonverbal cues.”

The Star: U of T Indigenous-led lab creates new app for reporting pollution in Chemical Valley. “Vanessa and Beze Gray run an annual ‘Toxic Tour’ of the siblings’ childhood home — Aamjiwnaang First Nation. The 2,500 acres of ancestral land is wedged on three sides by sprawling petroleum and chemical companies that, for generations, have discharged pollutants into Canada’s Chemical Valley.”

Haaretz: Magic or a Trap? DNA Changes Study of the Past. “The ability to extract and sequence DNA from samples that are thousands and even hundreds of thousands of years old has led to significant breakthroughs in the study of evolution. By sequencing Neanderthal genomes, scientists have learned about the health, physical appearance and settlement patterns of Neanderthals. Even more important, DNA research led to the discovery of formerly unknown hominids…. These successes led researches to apply genetic tools to later periods, and according to some critics that is where the danger lies.” Good morning, Internet…

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