Genomics Research, Architecture Pedagogy, Spoken Yucatec Maya, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2019


EurekAlert: New database enhances genomics research collaboration. “The MaveDB database is a repository for data from experiments – called multiplex assays of variant effect (MAVEs) – that systematically measure the impact of thousands of individual sequence variants on a gene’s function. These experiments can provide valuable information about how proteins produced by that gene function, how variants in that gene may contribute to disease, and how to engineer synthetic versions of naturally occurring proteins that are more effective than the original protein.”

Art Daily: The Student Work Collection database showcases nearly a century of architecture pedagogy. “The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art launches its online Student Work Collection database, which represents over eight decades of The Cooper Union’s experimental, influential approach to architectural education.”


University of Chicago Library: ‘Spoken Yucatec Maya’ online textbook republished. “In the mid-1960s a set of Mayan language textbooks was created at the University of Chicago that has proven to be an invaluable resource for faculty and students around the world who are interested in learning Mayan languages. Originally created in analog form and distributed via photocopy and audio tapes, one of the textbooks, Spoken Yucatec Maya, was eventually turned into a website that was publicly available until last year, when it was taken down due to security concerns connected with its outdated web platform. Today, as the result of collaboration between the University of Chicago Library, Professor John Lucy, and the Social Sciences Division, this critical teaching tool is now available to future generations on a sustainable platform…”

Mashable: 8chan returns with a new name and a reminder not to do illegal stuff . “Controversial imageboard 8chan has been revived under a new name, 8kun — with the front page of the site now bearing a warning that ‘Any content that violates the laws of the United States of America will be deleted and the poster will be banned.'”


The Peninsula (Qatar): Gulf architecture conference and exhibition concludes at Qatar National Library. “These events announced the start of the Library’s recently-launched Gulf Architecture Project (GAP). GAP is a collaborative project between local and international partners to create an online digital collection of historical photographs, films and audio recordings, drawings, maps, and 3D models of the architectural heritage of Qatar and the Gulf region, with supporting research and publications, for the Qatar Digital Library … the largest digital archive on the Middle East, operated by the Library.”

New York Times: Those People We Tried to Cancel? They’re All Hanging Out Together. “The term for people who have been thrust out of social or professional circles in this way — either online or in the real world or sometimes both — is ‘canceled.'”

WUSF: Twitter Mysteriously Suspends Account of Pro-Trump Florida Congressman. “Twitter acknowledged late Thursday that it mistakenly shut down the personal social media account of Rep. Ted Yoho, a Republican congressman in Florida who is among President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies.”


Ars Technica: ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.”

TechCrunch: A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers. “A number of popular ‘camgirl’ sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected. The sites, run by Barcelona-based VTS Media, include,, and Most of the sites’ users are based in Spain and Europe, but we found evidence of users across the world, including the United States.”

Stuff NZ: New local government code of conduct to tackle social media minefield. “Local Government New Zealand has released an updated template for newly elected councils to model their codes of conduct from, with a section dedicated to handling yourself appropriately on social media.”


Xinhuanet: China to restore murals of largest Taoist temple . “The restoration of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) murals in Yongle Palace, the largest Taoist temple in China, will be launched in 2020, local authorities said Saturday.”

Esquire: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to In Preparation For the Robot Apocalypse. “From Smart House to 2001: A Space Odyssey, pop culture tends to instill in our collective human consciousness a general distrust of technology. But somehow, we just don’t get sick of stories about the inevitable robot apocalypse. … To help guide you through our potential near-future terror, we’ve put together everything to see, read, and listen to from pop culture and academia. We’ll fill you in on how each one predicts what our robot-everything lives will look like, too.” Good morning, Internet…

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