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Mapping Climate Change, 25th Amendment / Watergate, Chrome More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 19, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Phys .org: New collection of maps and datascapes capturing the spatial consequences of climate change. “To help take the Green New Deal from idea to reality, Penn’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology has launched The 2100 Project. The first installment of this initiative, published as ‘An Atlas for the Green New Deal,’ consists of more than 100 visualizations illustrating the projected spatial impacts of climate change and population growth in the United States for the rest of the century.”

Fordham Law News: Fordham Law’s Watergate Archive Is a Treasure Trove for Scholars. “A new section of Fordham Law’s Twenty-Fifth Amendment Archive explores the amendment’s first uses during the Watergate era, when it was twice invoked to fill vacancies in the vice presidency—and may have played a critical role in President Richard Nixon’s resignation. The archive’s Watergate section expands the online repository that has enhanced public understanding and scholarly analysis of the amendment over the last several years.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google Chrome update fixes Android data loss problem. “Google on Tuesday released a fix for Chrome and the related WebView software that had wiped out access to data stored by some Android apps. Google, which had stopped releasing the update after the data-loss problem emerged, apologized for the problem in a statement Tuesday.”

Digital Trends: Instagram bans influencers from promoting tobacco and vaping in branded content. “Social media influencers on Instagram aren’t allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products, or weapons anymore as part of newly updated rules on the platform. Facebook-owned Instagram announced on Wednesday that branded posts promoting any of those goods are no longer allowed on either social media platform.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Smithsonian: A Massive New Database Will Connect Billions of Historic Records to Tell the Full Story of American Slavery. “[Daryle] Williams, a specialist in the African diaspora of Brazil, is one of the principal investigators of a massive new online database called ‘Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade,’ which will launch in 2020. It aims to serve as a clearinghouse for information about enslaved people and their captors. Headquartered at Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University, and funded by a founding $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, Enslaved will serve as a hub for many smaller digitization projects, Freedom Narratives among them.”

CNN: From Instagram to TikTok: How social media evolved this decade. “Shortly after midnight Pacific time on October 6, 2010, a new app built by a small team went live on Apple’s App Store. Right away, they noticed people abroad signing up for the app, called Instagram; by 6 a.m. the startup was so overwhelmed with traffic that its servers reportedly melted down.”

CNN: YouTube burnout is real. Creators are struggling to cope . “Over the past few years, creators have started openly discussing feeling burnt out, which often comes from the pressure to constantly churn out new videos for their thousands — sometimes millions — of fans.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Spectrum News: New Law Creates 400 Years of African-American History Commission. “A law signed on Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo will establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission. The panel will be tasked with developing activities throughout the state as a way of recognizing the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the colonies.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

ScienceBlog: Interactive Game For Kids With And Without Disabilities. “The goal of iGYM, an augmented reality game system created by a team of University of Michigan researchers led by Roland Graf, associate professor at U-M’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is to create a truly inclusive environment for children to play and exercise together.”

Engadget: Quips is an AI to help ALS patients speak with their own voice. “One of the most devastating outcomes of motor neuron disease (MND), more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US, is that it eventually takes away the ability of those who have it to speak. But like it promises to do in a lot of other areas, artificial intelligence could soon help MND patients better cope with their condition thanks to a new tool developed by Rolls-Royce and its R² Data Labs.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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