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Childhood Cancers, African-American Los Angeles, Patch Tuesday, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 17, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Newswise: New website powered by St. Jude informs families facing childhood cancer no matter where the patient receives treatment. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, has launched Together… an online resource for anyone affected by childhood cancer. Together offers information about diseases, diagnosis and treatment options, as well as supportive care resources and shared stories of hope, healing and experience.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

KNX1070: LA Controller Releases Online Map Identifying Historic African American Sites. “The map, titled ‘African American Heritage Across Los Angeles,’ showcases 28 places, monuments and institutions that are recognized as culturally or historically significant to the development of the city’s black community, [Ron] Galperin said.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2020 Edition. “Microsoft…released updates to plug nearly 100 security holes in various versions of its Windows operating system and related software, including a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) that is actively being exploited. Also, Adobe has issued a bevy of security updates for its various products, including Flash Player and Adobe Reader/Acrobat.”

USEFUL STUFF

Tom’s Guide: Best audiobook apps for 2020 . “The best audiobook apps for your iPhone or Android device run the gamut from slick, full-featured players that also integrate online marketplaces to more humble affairs that still bring you the classics of world literature in audiobook form. Here’s a look at some of our favorite audiobook options for mobile devices.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: I climbed onto my roof for this Pearl Jam app. “There is only one man who could get me to soberly climb onto my building’s rooftop for a gimmicky artificial reality app in the middle of February, and his name is Eddie Vedder, the frontman of ‘90s Seattle grunge group Pearl Jam. On Thursday, Pearl Jam rolled out a snippet of a new song entitled ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’ that you can only listen to by pointing your phone at the Moon.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Belta: Public database of Belarusian court rulings to go online in 2021. “A public database of court rulings is supposed to go online in 2021, BelTA learned from First Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belarus Valery Kalinkovich.”

Neowin: Newly discovered PC malware version spreads through Wi-Fi networks. “A new version of a highly sophisticated Trojan that can spread via Wifi networks has been discovered. The Emotet Trojan that also acts as a loader for other malware has found to now take advantage of the wlanAPI interface to spread to all PCs on a network through the Wi-fi. The Trojan was previously known to spread only through spam emails and infected networks.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Orange County Register: Titan Voice: Building online community and research database for families dealing with rare Blau Syndrome . “I was given a task to create a research database of journal articles involving Blau Syndrome. Prior to my creation of one, no research database existed for doctors, families, potential researchers, or individuals with Blau Syndrome. The database now contains nearly 60 peer-reviewed research articles on Blau Syndrome.”

Phys .org: The use of jargon kills people’s interest in science, politics. “In a new study, people exposed to jargon when reading about subjects like self-driving cars and surgical robots later said they were less interested in science than others who read about the same topics, but without the use of specialized terms. They were also less likely to think they were good at science, felt less informed about science and felt less qualified to discuss science topics.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Review Geek: “And Yet It Hurt” Is a Game You Play in Notepad and You Should Download It. “What if you could play a video game inside Notepad? Usually, I’d add in the classic meme, ‘said nobody ever,’ but in this case, someone asked the question. Daniël Haazen, otherwise known as Sheepolution, had the idea and set out on a three-year quest to make it happen. The final product, titled And yet it hurt, is an ASCII art style RPG you play entirely in Notepad. Or well, almost.” Good evening, Internet…

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