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Segregated Schools, Impeachment Inquiry, Iceland Marine Life, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Mother Jones: Can White Graduates of Racist Schools Unlearn Hate?. “As kids, they were thrown into ‘segregation academies’ in the South—private all-white schools where parents could send their children to avoid the integration of public schools, and where kids were, as one put it, ‘conscientiously and misguidedly furnished with an unbending white universe.’… Now, graduates of those all-white schools are telling stories about the resounding racism they learned—and the decades that some have spent unlearning or trying to unlearn it.”

Just Security: Public Document Clearinghouse: Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry. “Just Security has compiled and curated all publicly available documents in Congress’s impeachment inquiry concerning President Donald Trump in connection with Ukraine. This collection seeks to include significant original source material, including relevant legislation, letters, subpoenas, deposition transcripts, executive branch communications, and litigation documents.” It looks like this is being updated fairly frequently as new documents are released.

Iceland Monitor: Stunning Marine Life Pictures Made Accessible. “A new website… offers a vast collection of pictures of marine life in Icelandic waters. The man behind the website, Erlendur Bogason, has probably spent more time under water than any other Icelander.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: How to Find Subject Matter Experts Using Slack & Other Web Communities. “It is blatantly obvious when a non-expert tries to write something for an expert audience. To succeed at SEO through non-branded educational content, brands and websites must attempt to raise their editorial standards to that of a magazine or newspaper. This starts with developing relationships and making connections with experts in the community of people interested in the topic you are publishing about.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Use the Google Translate App Like a Pro. “Initially, Google Translate was a Web version for desktop devices, but all that has changed, as you can use the mobile app to translate whatever you want while on the go from your smartphone. It’s as easy as typing in anything, and the app will translate it into another language. You also have other options like using your camera to scan text and get it translated, plus much more.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Washington Post: How Big Investors Cash In on ‘Alternative Data’. “Corporate filings and government reports still guide how many investors view global economics and politics. But more of them are turning to non-traditional information — alternative data, in industry parlance — to supplement official statistics. Torrents of terabytes produced every day by web searches, tweets, credit-card purchases and satellites can be turned into insight on foot traffic at Chipotle, the macroeconomic performance of an African nation — even who’s arriving in Omaha to potentially pursue deals with Warren Buffett.”

CNET: Facebook apologizes after anonymous post alleges racism at company. “Facebook apologized Friday after an anonymous online document alleged that black, Latino and Asian women continued to face racism at the company a year after a former employee brought the issue into public view. The post, titled ‘Facebook empowers racism against its employees of color’ and published on Medium, outlines incidents that 12 current and former employees experienced while on the job.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook. “The third meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, a multi-nation body comprised of global legislators with concerns about the societal impacts of social media giants, has been taking place in Dublin this week — once again without any senior Facebook management in attendance.”

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs. “Wyoming lawmakers have voted to approve the continued use of a database tracking insurance claims to provide insight into the cost of health care in the state. The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved a bill to continue the multi-payer claims database, despite not having a funding source.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Medium: Analysis of Google Political Ads using BigQuery. “Hello everyone, this is my first article on Medium. I have been interested in data science and analytics while working on my Masters project. I have tried my hand with different beginner datasets to learn some of the basics of Python, SQL, and other languages. However, I felt that repeating the same exercises got boring after a while, and I started losing interest in the subject. Then I got a hold of Google Cloud Services and the BigQuery platform.”

Ars Technica: Scientists unlock the chemical secrets of a 19th-century photography technique. “Mordançage is a photographic process that yields striking black-and-white photographs characterized by ghostly veiling effects. Scientists from George Mason University have recently figured out precisely what is happening chemically during the process, according to a recent paper in Analytical Chemistry.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Ars Technica: The best science and math moments in Sesame Street’s first 50 years. “There was nothing on television like Sesame Street when it premiered 50 years ago, and the truth is, there’s still nothing quite like it now. (That’s a big reason why it was such a valuable acquisition for HBO in 2015.) Throughout the years, the show has always been on the front lines of what’s important to teach children. And as some of the show’s greatest hits demonstrate, long before educational advocates began popularizing the STEM acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Sesame Street was already there with silly characters promoting serious lessons.” I am always here for the pinball song. One two three FOUR FIVE six seven eight NINE TEN eleven twelve…. Good morning, Internet…

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