Climate Change News, Commercial Fishing Documents, IEEE Preprint Server, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, January 30, 2020


I would never have known about this one if it weren’t for Marydee O. Thank you! From The GDELT Project: Four Massive Datasets Charting The Global Climate Change News Narrative 2009-2020. “Over the past two days we have released a set of four massive new datasets designed to fundamentally advance the study of the global climate change news narrative. The first catalogs the 95,000 television news mentions of climate change on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News 2009-2020 and BBC News London 2017-2020.”

Panay News: Fisheries library goes digital, thousands of materials freely downloadable. “THOUSANDS of fish farmer-friendly materials, journal articles, and books written by scientists and researchers of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) are freely searchable and downloadable over the Internet through its digital library.”

PR Newswire: IEEE Introduces TechRxiv™, a New Preprint Server for Unpublished Research (PRESS RELEASE). “IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announces the launch of, a preprint server for the global technology community. is a collaborative multidisciplinary hub that will facilitate the open dissemination of scientific findings in electrical engineering, computer science and related technologies.”


BetaNews: Open source email client Thunderbird finds a new home. “If you prefer to access your email through a desktop client, then Thunderbird is one of the better choices. However, the future of the open source tool has been a little rocky in recent years after the Mozilla Corporation decided to stop supporting it. However, there’s a lot of love for Thunderbird out there, and it’s managed to survive, and even grow thanks to user donations. And now the email client has found a new home.” I still miss Eudora.

Google Blog: Google App Maker will be shut down on January 19, 2021. “Due to low usage, Google App Maker will be turned down gradually over the course of 2020 and officially shut down on January 19, 2021. Prior to the shutdown, you’ll need to review App Maker usage in your domain and take any necessary action.”

CNET: Human hearts and brides with mustaches: The best new emojis on the way. “While it may seem there are emojis to capture every emotion and then some — oh hai, random chestnut emoji — there’s still room for brand new symbols to get me excited. Looking at the list of 117 new emojis for 2020 has me downright giddy.”


Reuters: China science database scraps paywall to aid virus battle. “A major scientific database run by China’s Tsinghua University has made its contents available free of charge from Wednesday in order to help researchers work from home, following a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan.”


The New Yorker: The Fight to Preserve African-American History. “The struggle over the physical record of slavery and uprising in Richmond is part of a larger, long-overdue national movement to preserve African-American history. Of the more than ninety-five thousand entries on the National Register of Historic Places—the list of sites deemed worthy of preservation by the federal government—only two per cent focus on the experiences of black Americans.”


Digital Trends: Wawa data breach: Hacker is selling 30 million credit cards on the dark web. “Credit card data from a security breach that affected an East Coast convenience store chain last year was discovered being sold in the corners of the dark web this week. The amount of data stolen makes it the third-largest credit card breach in history.”


Phys .org: AI could deceive us as much as the human eye does in the search for extraterrestrials. “An artificial neural network has identified a square structure within a triangular one in a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres, with several people agreeing on this perception. The result of this intriguing visual experiment, carried out by a Spanish neuropsychologist, calls into question the application of artificial intelligence to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI).”

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: How historians can communicate their research online. “On 4 December 2019, the FREYA project in collaboration with UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Institute of Historical Research, the British Library and DARIAH-EU organized a workshop in London on identifiers in research. In particular this workshop – mainly directed to historians and humanities scholars – focused on ways in which they can build and manage an online profile as researchers, using tools such as ORCID IDs.”

Hackaday: Machine Learning System Uses Images To Teach Itself Morse Code. “Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to learn a new language is immersion: just throw someone into a situation where they have no choice, and they’ll learn by context. Militaries use immersion language instruction, as do diplomats and journalists, and apparently computers can now use it to teach themselves Morse code.” Good morning, Internet…

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