WWI Sheet Music, TN African-American Neighborhoods, CAR Therapy Trials, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 7, 2020


New-to-me, from WNIU: Rockford’s Schreiner Leaves Legacy Of Music. “A longtime collector of rare sheet music has died. Lee Schreiner donated much of his collection to Northern Illinois University where it found new life. In 2014, Lee Schreiner of Rockford started donating his collection to his alma mater. Librarians at Northern Illinois University created an online database for the World War 1 sheet music which is now in the public domain.”

Tennessee State Library and Archives: Mapping the Destruction of Tennessee’s African American Neighborhoods. (This link leads to a Facebook post.) “The ‘Mapping the Destruction of Tennessee’s African American Neighborhoods’ story map project details the often destructive impact of urban renewal and interstate projects of the mid-20th century on Tennessee’s African American communities. The project combines GIS software and primary sources to create an interactive exhibit whereby users can visualize the direct effects of these public works projects in cities across Tennessee.”

Weill Cornell Medicine: Scientists Build the First Global Database and Roadmap for CAR Therapy Clinical Trials. “Weill Cornell Medicine scientists have built the first global database of clinical trials testing a rapidly expanding approach to cancer treatment that involves genetically modifying immune cells to recognize specific targets on a patient’s cancer cells and attack them. By analyzing the approach, called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapies, the scientists designed a ‘therapeutic roadmap’ that identifies all current therapies as well as additional cancers that can be treated with them.”


T.H.E. Journal: OER Commons Launches Authoring Tool. “OER Commons, an organization focused on creating open educational resources for education, has developed a new tool for authoring OER. Open Author, as it’s named, consolidates the functions of three other utilities from OER Commons: the Resource Builder, Lesson Builder and Module Builder.”

Lifehacker: How to Explore the Solar System in Google Maps via Hyperspace. “Now, unless 2020 gets real weird, chances are humanity won’t be making any near-lightspeed journeys anytime soon. But Google Maps can now help us realize that experience in a small way, via a novel hyperspace effect that’s been added to the navigation tool’s solar system exploration feature.”


WGBH: Inside The E-Book ‘War’ Waging Between Libraries And Publishers. “According to the American Library Association (ALA), about one fifth of the books sold in the U.S. are eBooks. Some publishers are worried that the ease of borrowing a digital book from a library is hurting sales and have decided to limit how and when libraries can access digital books. Now, libraries in Massachusetts and nationwide are vowing to fight back. They say the practices are not just unfair and unethical, but they might be illegal.”

TorrentFreak: Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2020. “What are the most-visited torrent sites at the start of 2020? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay is in the lead once again, taking turns with YTS. What also stands out is that the list has remained relatively intact, which means that none of the major sites were taken down over the past year.”

Wired UK: Everything You Thought You Knew About Inbox Zero Is Wrong. “Merlin Mann, the lifestyle ‘guru’ who invented the concept of inbox zero in the early noughts, claims people took his idea far too literally. They advocated treating work emails like a never-ending task to be completed: Once an email has been acknowledged it should be immediately archived, never to clutter the inbox again. Advocates of this philosophy even released handy tips on how to achieve this through infinite tags and categories. But people soon realized this is not just tedious but a massive waste of time. Mann, who admits his own work inbox is embarrassingly cluttered, agrees.”


Ars Technica: Unpatched US government website gets pwned by pro-Iran script kiddie. “The FDLP website is no stranger to defacement attacks. As a brief analysis of the attack by a security researcher with the Twitter username @sshell_ noted, the site has been defaced twice in the last 10 years—most recently in 2014, when it was replaced with an electronic dance music video featuring a dancing cat. Based on a fingerprint of the site’s files, the site—based on the Joomla content management system—had not had its code updated since 2012.” 2012???!!!

New York Times: 4 Things to Know About YouTube’s New Children Privacy Practices. “In September, Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine and make privacy changes as regulators said that its YouTube platform had illegally harvested children’s personal information and used it to profit by targeting them with ads. The penalty and changes were part of an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission and the attorney general of New York, which had accused YouTube of violating the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. On Monday, YouTube said it was beginning to introduce changes to address regulators’ concerns and better protect children. Here is what you need to know about those changes.”

BBC: ‘Serious cyber-attack’ on Austria’s foreign ministry. “Austria’s foreign ministry has been targeted by a cyber-attack that is suspected to have been conducted by another country. The ministry said the seriousness of the attack suggested it might have been carried out by a ‘state actor’.”


The Scientist: Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts?. “On March 14, 2014, HealthMap—an online database created by researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 2006 to collect accounts of disease cases from various online sources—notified scientists of an article written in French about cases of a ‘strange fever’ in Macenta, Guinea. Nine days later, the World Health Organization officially announced an Ebola outbreak in the area.” Good morning, Internet…

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