Biodiversity Heritage Library, Wyoming Monuments, YouTube Livestreaming, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 19, 2020


Atlas Obscura: See 500 Years of Artful Nature Illustrations. “Now, the collaborative Biodiversity Heritage Library—a digital archive compiled by a consortium of natural-history libraries—has released over 150,000 artworks of the natural world, allowing public access to one of the largest illustrated compendiums of life on Earth. Years before wildlife photographers began to catalogue the world’s egrets, cephalopods, and rafflesia corpse flowers, artists like Elizabeth Gould were portraying species with illustrations, often reprinted as lithographs for the public.”

County 17: Wyo Parks And Cultural Resources Puts M&Ms On The Interactive Map. “Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources recently announced a new searchable Monuments and Markers Interactive Map to help roadtrippers navigate the state’s historic markers with informational signage at historical points of interest along the state’s highways and at nearby national monuments.”


Tubefilter: Google Reportedly Paying Activision Blizzard $160 Million For YouTube’s Exclusive Livestreaming Rights. “The YouTube portion of Google’s new deal with Activision Blizzard–which gives it exclusive rights to livestream matches from Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and Hearthstone Esports–will cost Google $160 million over the next three years, according to sources familiar with the matter.”


Make Tech Easier: 8 Things that Bing Does Better than Google. “Relying on Google to solve every information request is second nature to most of us. While Bing, as a search engine, is a distant second, it’s practically unheard for anyone to claim it’s superior to Google. However, there are a few areas where Bing does better.”

MakeUseOf: 5+ Puzzle Apps and Sites Every Crossword Lover Needs to Know . “In this article, we won’t be talking about the best free crossword apps. Instead, you’ll find the best apps for fans to get their daily crossword fix, a few apps for hints and guides, and a chance to solve the world’s biggest crossword.”


The Kingston Whig Standard: Legacy Project looks to archive and display closing schools’ history. “The Legacy Project is preserving the combined history of Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute and Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute.”

Iceland Review: Oscar Win Leads Thousands of Icelanders to Genealogical Site. “Nearly 3,000 Icelanders have visited … a database containing genealogical information about the inhabitants of Iceland – to examine their kinship with composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mbl reports. Hildur became the first Icelander* to win an Oscar on Sunday, February 9, for her original score for the film Joker.” The * is because someone who has lived in Iceland and applied for citizenship, but apparently is not an Icelander, won an Oscar in 2007.


Techdirt: Judge Shuts Down Copyright Troll’s Cut-And-Run Effort; Hits It With $40K In Legal Fees. “Via Fight Copyright Trolls comes another decision where a porn-based copyright troll is getting its financial ass handed to it by a federal judge. Strike 3 tried to dismiss a lawsuit when it became obvious it couldn’t prove infringement, opting for a voluntary dismissal without prejudice in hopes of dodging a bill for legal fees. It didn’t work.”

Ars Technica: US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers. “The US Pentagon, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security on Friday exposed a North Korean hacking operation and provided technical details for seven pieces of malware used in the campaign.”

The Register: Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens. “Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.”


Nextgov: Marine Corps Looks to Virtual Reality as a Recruitment Tool. “Future recruits of the Marine Corps Flight Officer Program—including people who’ve never considered such a career path before—could soon gain a cutting-edge, front-seat view of what the aviation jobs would entail, through virtual reality.”

The Scientist: Journals Open Access to Coronavirus Resources. “On January 31 this year, a day after the novel coronavirus was designated a public health emergency of global concern, 94 academic journals, societies, institutes, and companies signed a commitment to making research and data on the disease freely available, at least for the duration of the outbreak.” Good morning, Internet…

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