Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Bird Species, Linux Lite, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 13, 2020


State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore. “The Syracuse and the Cedarville are among 1,500 shipwrecks submerged in Michigan waters, making up one-quarter of the estimated 6,000 wrecks found throughout the Great Lakes. Now, thanks to the recently launched Michigan Shipwrecks StoryMap, it’s easy to learn about the mystery and tragedy surrounding these ships.”

Phys .org: Global database of all bird species shows how body shape predicts lifestyle. “A global team of researchers, led by Imperial College London and University College London, visited museums around the world to find specimens of nearly 10,000 species, covering more than 99 percent of all known bird species. Their results, and the database, are published today in Nature Ecology and Evolution. The link between body form of each animal species and aspects of their lifestyle, including diet, has previously been proposed, but this is the first time it has been confirmed at such a large scale and with such precise detail.”


Softpedia News: Linux Lite 4.8 Arrives as a Windows 7 Alternative, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. “Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced today the release and general availability of the Linux Lite 4.8 operating system as an alternative to the soon-to-be-deprecated Windows 7 OS.”

Mashable: Instagram just launched new TikTok — ahem, Boomerang — effects. “Boomerang lovers rejoice! Instagram released new features on Friday that should look familiar to anyone who uses TikTok. ”


Gothamist: Robert Caro’s Extensive Reporting Archives Will Be Preserved & Made Public By The New-York Historical Society. “In a boon to students of New York City history and Lyndon B. Johnson, the large trove of reporting materials amassed by Robert Caro, the famed biographer and chronicler of political power, will soon be available for the public without any restrictions at the New-York Historical Society.”

Hindustan Times: How crowdsourced archives are making Indian history personal and accessible. “Online initiatives such as the Indian Memory Project, The Citizen’s Archive of India (CAI) and 1947 Partition Archives, along with Instagram handles – Brown History and Gulf South Asia, SOAS Postcards – present history in an accessible, unacademic form. They combine an ever-increasing interest in personal stories with modern storytelling techniques to document bygone times.”


CNET: Microsoft listened to Skype calls with ‘no security’ to protect recordings, report says. “A Microsoft effort to improve Skype calls and the Cortana virtual assistant by listening in on user interactions reportedly had ‘no security measures’ in place to protect data. Contract workers in China were able to access recordings via a web app from personal computers in their homes, according to a Friday report in The Guardian. ”


Ubergizmo: Warner Bros. To Use AI To Determine The Best Time To Release Movies. “There is a reason why movies aren’t released the moment they are ready. This is because there are a variety of factors to consider, such as whether or not there are movies that are similar in nature that could potentially distract from the release, how many people are free to watch the movie (such as during the holiday season), and so on. So far studios have had no issues deciding on a release date, but in the future, picking a release date could be a lot easier and more efficient, at least in the case of Warner Bros.”

New York Times: Buckle Up for Another Facebook Election. “The social network has spent much of the past three years apologizing for its inaction during the 2016 election, when its platform was overrun with hyperpartisan misinformation, some of it Russian, that was amplified by its own algorithms. And ahead of 2020, some people wondered if Mr. Zuckerberg — who is, by his own admission, uncomfortable with Facebook’s power — would do everything he could to step out of the political crossfire. Instead, Mr. Zuckerberg has embraced Facebook’s central role in elections — not only by giving politicians a pass on truth, but by preserving the elements of its advertising platforms that proved to be a decisive force in 2016.” Good evening, Internet…

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