Climate Change News, USDA Records, YouTube Karaoke, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 24, 2020


NiemanLab: The New Yorker’s new weekly newsletter on climate change will try to break through the daily noise. “What’s the right pace for journalism about climate change to maximize its impact? Hammering people with a constant torrent of stories can make some people feel helpless and overwhelmed by the onslaught — not to mention the sheer scope of the problem. But checking in only sporadically, like when there’s a major new international report, leaves the story too far off the public’s agenda. A crisis many years in the making — with both its impacts and solutions often measured in decades — is hard to align with the rhythms of a newsroom. The New Yorker is betting that weekly — and in your inbox rather than as just another link in your Twitter feed — might be right.”

Washington Post: USDA reposts animal welfare records it purged from its website in 2017. “Tuesday’s move made available unredacted reports for nearly 10,000 zoos, circuses, breeders, research labs and Tennessee walking horse shows that were publicly available on Jan. 30, 2017 — days before they were purged — as well as those generated since, the department said. The reports, based on unannounced inspections, can be used by the agency to build cases against facilities that violate animal welfare regulations, and animal protection groups had long used them to call attention to operations they said treated animals inhumanely.”


The Verge: This website creates karaoke song versions of any YouTube video. “If you’ve ever tried and failed to find your favorite song in a karaoke song book, you’ll have better luck on Youka, a free website that creates karaoke songs out of any YouTube video. Youka, short for ‘YouTube to karaoke,’ isolates vocals from tracks and pulls lyrics from sites online.”


Route Fifty: Ensuring State Broadband Grants Go the Extra Mile. “As state governments have prioritized improving broadband infrastructure across the country, they’ve rapidly expanded grant funds like the popular Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. But to ensure the money is well spent, states are requiring grant applicants to meet certain requirements—like providing matching funds or establishing education campaigns to teach residents internet literacy skills.”

Reed Magazine: Collecting the Untold Stories. “For fifty years, African American author Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) wrote stories that chronicled the complexities of race in America. A formidable craftsman, he published in newspapers and elite magazines such as The Atlantic. While some of his stories have appeared in major anthologies, they represent just a tiny fraction of his literary output. Most of his writing—writing that provides key insight into America after the Civil War—is out of print and hard to find. Now, thanks to a $206,330 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Prof. Sarah Wagner-McCoy [English] and her collaborators will produce a scholarly edition of his stories.”

The 74: Meet the Etsy of Education: Online Marketplace Lets Teachers Buy — and Sell — Millions of Classroom Materials and Lessons. “Teachers Pay Teachers represents a growing online marketplace — once dubbed the Etsy of Education — that now has seen 6 million teachers in the past year buy or sell classroom resources. It’s part of an effort to help teachers help one another in creating fresh approaches to instruction while getting paid for their work. And school districts are getting on board.”


CNBC: Google faces a new investigation into whether it discriminated against a pregnant employee. “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into Google for pregnancy discrimination against an employee, according to materials viewed by CNBC.”

Motherboard: Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data on Millions of Americans. “Yodlee, the largest financial data broker in the U.S., sells data pulled from the bank and credit card transactions of tens of millions of Americans to investment and research firms, detailing where and when people shopped and how much they spent. The company claims that the data is anonymous, but a confidential Yodlee document obtained by Motherboard indicates individual users could be unmasked.”


Newswise: Expert: Art museums ‘have work to do to represent complete human experience’. “Historically, art museum galleries have lacked diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, abilities, and sexual orientation, and it’s important for museums to begin to address this representation issue in order to show the wide range of human experience, said Julie Rodrigues Widholm, director and chief curator of DePaul Art Museum located on the campus of DePaul University.”

The Next Web: EU wants to create a single market for European data. “This ‘European data space’ would allow businesses, researchers, and public administrations to unlock unused data so that it flows freely across the whole of the EU. The data would be available to every citizen and organization in the bloc.” Good evening, Internet…

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