Civil War Engineering, Higher Education Conflicts of Interest, TED/YouTube Partnership, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 06, 2019

These migraines are not doing me any favors.


Digital Library of Georgia: Confederate naval ledger now freely available online. “The Confederate States Naval Iron Works operated from 1862-1865. The ledger also includes entries as late as 1866 as Warner worked with the United States Navy in turning over naval equipment to the United States government. Records surviving the Civil War that document the Confederate Navy is limited. This ledger provides information about Columbus, Georgia, ironclad construction, steam engines, and the daily operation and industrial reach of the Confederate States Naval Iron Works.”

ProPublica: Dollars for Profs. “Professors’ outside income can influence their research topics and findings, policy views and legislative testimony. But these conflicts of interest have largely stayed hidden — until now. This unique database allows you to search records from multiple state universities and the National Institutes of Health for outside income and conflicts of interest of professors, researchers and staff.”


The Verge: TED launches global climate initiative with help from YouTube. “TED announced a new climate change initiative called Countdown with the help of YouTube and a coalition of global leaders and nonprofit environmental organizations today at an event in New York City. The effort plans to gather new ideas to combat the climate crisis, and is focused on five broad topics: renewable energy, infrastructure, transportation, food, and restoring ecosystems.”

Google Blog: Google Disability Support now includes American Sign Language. “There are 466 million people in the world who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and products like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier help them communicate and interact with others. If people with disabilities need specialized technical support for Google’s products and services, they can go to Google Disability Support, and starting today, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) specialists to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through video chat, with help from Connect Direct through TELUS international.”

Mashable: Craigslist finally releases an iOS app in *checks calendar* 2019 . “Almost 25 years after its inception and more than a decade after Apple launched the App Store, Craigslist finally has an official iOS app. No, seriously, it’s right there in the App Store. I’m looking at it with my eyes.”


Make Tech Easier: Your Guide to Backing Up Social Media Accounts. ” For some, taking a screenshot of their tweets or Instagram posts counts as a ‘backup,’ but there are better methods that are verified. Let’s take a look at some of the best methods for downloading a hard copy of your social media history, for better or worse.”


Ukrainian Weekly: Ohio State University’s Slavic Center and Ukrainian Museum-Archives sign memorandum of understanding. “The Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) and Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) are academic and research leaders in a field that increasingly figures in American and global economic, geopolitical and cultural interests. The Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA) in Cleveland is a leading repository of Ukrainian historical and cultural materials. On November 15, CSEES and the UMA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize an already existing 20-year partnership.”


CNET: Ring let police view map of video doorbell installations for over a year. “For more than a year, police departments partnered with Amazon’s Ring unit had access to a map showing where its video doorbells were installed, down to the street, public documents revealed. So while Ring said it didn’t provide police with addresses for the devices, a feature in the map tool let them get extremely close. The feature was removed in July.”

Reuters: Labour group accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism. “The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labour charge against Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Thursday, accusing the company of unlawfully firing four employees to deter workers from engaging in union activities.”

Ars Technica: Justices debate allowing state law to be “hidden behind a pay wall”. “The courts have long held that laws can’t be copyrighted. But if the state mixes the text of the law together with supporting information, things get trickier. In Monday oral arguments, the US Supreme Court wrestled with the copyright status of Georgia’s official legal code, which includes annotations written by LexisNexis.”


United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll. “Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to ‘substantially exceed’ last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”

MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections. “The FDA and National Institutes of Health are tapping the clinical community and a newly launched mobile platform in its search for novel infectious disease interventions. Called CURE ID, the online data repository will allow clinicians to report instances in which existing FDA-approved drugs are used to successfully treat infections.” Good morning, Internet…

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