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Coronavirus Studies, Theoretical Physics, Pinterest, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 6, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Motherboard: ‘It’s a Moral Imperative:’ Archivists Made a Directory of 5,000 Coronavirus Studies to Bypass Paywalls. “A group of online archivists have created an open-access directory of over 5,000 scientific studies about coronaviruses that anyone can browse and download without encountering a paywall.”

University of Notre Dame: Quantum Interest. “Published in Switzerland in the 1970s and 1980s, Epistemological Letters was a critical venue for work that was viewed as marginal by mainstream physicists of the era — work that would later contribute to important developments in areas such as quantum computing, quantum encryption and quantum teleportation. Think a Reddit for theoretical physicists.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Washington Post: The Technology 202: Pinterest bans misinformation about voting and the census. “Pinterest is ramping up its efforts to crack down on political misinformation ahead of the 2020 election — a sign that the platform best known for lighthearted fare such as recipes, wedding planning and beauty tips is not immune from the challenges facing other major social media sites.”

Genealogy’s Star: MyHeritage Adds 821.2 Million Records in Two Weeks. “During the last two weeks of December 2019, MyHeritage.com added 821.2 million new records to their Historical Record Collections. Yes, you read that right. The total number of records currently on the website is 11,091,324,103. ”

Neowin: Google will start block intrusive video ads in Chrome. “In response to the new standard set by the Coalition for Better Ads, Google announced that it will begin blocking ads on websites that repeatedly violate these guidelines starting on August 5. It’s likely that other browsers will follow suit, and since this announcement was made on the Chromium blog, other browsers based on the Chromium project shouldn’t have to do much to implement the feature.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: Best Free Online SEO Training Courses in 2020. “The days of tweaking one or two things to meaningfully improve organic search results for any length of time are over. Google’s John Mueller has said just that. Today, in order to make it online, one needs to look at improving the whole website. To many, that may seem daunting. Fortunately, when you break it down into manageable pieces, it really isn’t. The key is to focus on the parts of the algorithm that carry the most weight.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: Iowa conspiracy theories are testing Facebook’s misinformation policy . “Iowa state officials and Democratic Party members are fighting online misinformation and conspiracies alongside widespread technical problems, and the resulting chaos is putting platforms’ newly released misinformation policies to the test.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: Phishing scams leveled up, and we didn’t. “More than a bit of ‘I’m smarter than you’ politics creates the divide between hacking headlines and what we actually need to worry about. On one side, researchers present findings at conferences hoping someone will raise the alarm and practical things will get done before things get worse. On the other, we have Jeff Bezos and his iPhone.”

Marketing Land: Justice Department homing in on Google Ad Manager in antitrust probe. “The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is talking with multiple publishers and ad-tech companies as it scrutinizes Google’s third-party ad tools, as part of the DOJ’s antitrust investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Companies the DOJ has reached out to include the New York Times, Gannett, Condé Nast, Oracle, Yelp and DuckDuckGo among several others.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ubergizmo: This Film From 1896 Was Upscaled To 4K Using AI. “You know those police drama shows where they zoom in on a photo or video, and magically it becomes sharper and clearer instead of more pixelated? It looks like that technology is slowly becoming a reality, and more recently it has been demonstrated in a film that was shot back in 1896 that was upscaled to 4K using AI.” The video is included in the article. It is MINDBENDING.

UMass Boston: Hey, Google? Alexa? Am I At Risk for Alzheimer’s?: UMass Boston Professor Part of $1.1M Research Project. “Assistant Professor of Computer Science Xiaohui Liang is leading a four-year $1,179,714 National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded research project to use Voice Assistant Systems, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, to detect early cognitive impairment. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in older adults living alone is essential for developing, planning, and ensuring adequate support at home for patients and their families.”

CNET: ‘We’re nudibranch people’: How enthusiasts help get science done. “Citizen science, in which data gathered by enthusiasts helps the work of professionals, has a long history. For example, the Audubon Society has relied on volunteers to help record bird activity every year since 1900 with its annual Christmas Bird Count. Technology has added new dimensions to the idea. Digital cameras and recorders have made it easy to share photos and audio recordings. GPS has added precision to location data. The internet helps people organize groups and exchange data. And smartphones combine all that into one package that fits in your pocket or pack.” Good morning, Internet…

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