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Parkinson’s Disease, Restaurants Worldwide, Amazon Alexa, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Health IT Analytics: NIH, FDA Launch Database for Parkinson’s Disease Precision Medicine. “The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) program for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has launched a data portal to help researchers develop precision medicine therapies for the condition. The portal includes de-identified data collected from 4,298 patients with Parkinson’s and will enable researchers to study complex data sets and perform genome-wide analyses.”

PR Newswire: 50 Best Launches ’50 Best Discovery’, the World’s Most Exciting Gastronomic Map of More Than 1,600 Expert-approved Dining and Drinking Destinations (PRESS RELEASE). “50 Best Discovery gives discerning diners and drinkers the chance to explore restaurants and bars that have received votes from 50 Best experts across the world, featuring more than 1,600 reviews of venues in 75 countries…. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners, global gastronomes and regional cuisine specialists.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Amazon launches medication management features for Alexa. “The feature will allow customers to set up their own medication reminders and request voice refills using their prescription information. At launch, these capabilities are only available to customers of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, a regional retailer in the Midwest and East Coast.”

Getty Iris: After the Fire, Getty Works to Protect Hillsides and Neighbors. “Less than 24 hours after the fire began, Getty had a post-fire mitigation team on the ground, working with contractors to stabilize the steep terrain and install state-of-the-art steel barriers across the canyons. The barriers act like large metal nets to collect falling rocks, partially burned brush, tree stumps and limbs and other debris loosened by the fire. Water can pass through the nets, but large objects cannot move downhill toward homes.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Where to get your flu shot for cheap and for free in 2019. “You can certainly make other efforts to ward of the virus, such as keeping your hands and home clean, but the fact of the matter is that the flu shot does work. And everyone is susceptible: There are only two groups of people who should not get the flu vaccine. In this article, earn about where you can find flu shots for cheap and for free, plus more on why you really need one.” This article did not mention where I got my flu shot: Costco, for $19.99. Thank goodness for friends with Costco memberships…

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Apple changes Crimea map to meet Russian demands. “Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, in a move that was condemned by most of the global community. The region is now displayed as Russian territory on Apple Maps and Weather, when viewed from inside Russia. However, Apple Maps and Weather do not show Crimea as part of any country, when viewed outside Russia.”

The New York Times: When Instagram Killed the Tabloid Star. “Instagram gave us a new way of seeing celebrities, drawing us closer to them both physically and psychologically. The images that Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner post there may seem like extensions of their reality television empire, but television only works in one direction: We watch it. On Instagram, we look and we post. We watch other people, and we watch ourselves.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Techdirt: Amazon: Cops Can Get Recordings From Ring, Keep Them Forever, And Share Them With Whoever They Want. “Since its introduction, Ring has been steadily increasing its market share — both with homeowners and their public servants. At the beginning of August, this partnership included 200 law enforcement agencies. Three months later, that number has increased to 630.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ars Technica: Why can’t Internet companies stop awful content?. “Many of us are baffled by the degradation of the Internet. We have the ingenuity to put men on the Moon (unfortunately, only men so far), so it defies logic that the most powerful companies on Earth can’t fix this. With their wads of cash and their smart engineers, they should nerd harder. So why does the Internet feel like it’s getting worse, not better? And, more importantly, what do we do about it?”

NIWA: The week it snowed everywhere. “NIWA and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to make artificial intelligence handwriting recognition more accurate and efficient in a project that will support climate research. The project aims to develop better training sets for handwriting recognition technology that will ‘read’ old weather logs. The first step is to use weather information recorded during a week in July 1939 when it snowed all over New Zealand, including at Cape Reinga.” Good evening, Internet…

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