Australia Energy Infrastructure, Complex Emotion Expression Database, Museum of Chinese in America, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 1, 2020


Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO): DER register goes live. “On 1 March 2020 Australia will have its first database of distributed energy resources (DER) installed throughout the National Electricity Market (NEM) when the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) launches its DER Register. Distributed energy resources are consumer-owned devices that can generate (rooftop solar) or store electricity (batteries, electric vehicles), or have ‘smart’ capabilities to actively manage energy usage (air conditioners, pool pumps, etc).”

Penn State News: Emotion expression database new resource for researchers. “The ability to understand facial expressions is an important part of social communication. However, little is known about how complex facial expression signal emotions related to social behavior and inner thoughts. To answer these questions, Penn State researchers developed the Complex Emotion Expression Database (CEED), a digital stimulus set of 243 basic and 237 complex emotional facial expressions.”


Hyperallergic: Scorched Museum of Chinese in America Archives Building Will Be Rebuilt. “After it was gutted by a five-alarm fire in January, the Chinatown building that housed the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will be torn down and rebuilt, the city announced this week. The announcement ended concerns by members of the community that the city may have neglected its pledge to help recover the museum’s damaged archives.”

PC World: Microsoft begins blocking ‘unwanted applications’ like adware and cryptominers, using Edge. “Beginning with the current version of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft will begin blocking adware, Bitcoin miners, and other unwanted apps that sometimes accompany apps that users download from the web.”


Nature: Free lists of grants and fellowships around the world available online. “Early-career researchers worldwide are are availing themselves of an important but formerly obscure resource: three downloadable databases of hundreds of global funding opportunities and fellowships.”


The Construction Index: Industry archive broken up and at risk. “An historic construction industry archive collection is being broken up and some is at risk of being lost forever because the volunteers who look after it are running out of time to move all the material out.”

WPVI: Nora the Piano Cat still on key after 13 years of internet fame. “A musical couple lives in perfect harmony with their cat, Nora. Born in 2004, the gray tabby was rescued off the streets of Camden, New Jersey. Burnell Yow! and Betsy Alexander, two musicians and artists, adopted her. Betsy is an avid pianist who provides lessons to locals. With music constantly ringing throughout the house, it’s no wonder why Nora, the cat, picked up an ear for it. One day, she hopped up on the bench and began to play the piano herself.” I love everything about this story. I love the cat, I love the people, I love their house…

Florida State University News: FSU professor establishes new Emmett Till Lecture and Archives Fund. “The Emmett Till Lecture and Archives Fund will provide much needed support to maintain, enhance, promote and grow the Emmett Till Archives at Florida State University Libraries. The fund will primarily support an annual Emmett Till Archives lecture and add to the collection. Other activities provided by the fund may include travel for researchers and students to work with the collections and funds for student scholarships and projects produced from the Till Archives.”


Washington University in St. Louis: ‘Surfing attack’ hacks Siri, Google with ultrasonic waves. “Attacks on cell phones aren’t new, and researchers have previously shown that ultrasonic waves can be used to deliver a single command through the air. However, new research from Washington University in St. Louis expands the scope of vulnerability that ultrasonic waves pose to cellphone security. These waves, the researchers found, can propagate through many solid surfaces to activate voice recognition systems and — with the addition of some cheap hardware — the person initiating the attack can also hear the phone’s response.”

BET: Chicago Police Department Set To Reintroduce Controversial Gang Database. “The Chicago Police Department is planning to reintroduce their controversial gang database. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Criminal Enterprise Information System is scheduled to launch within the next six to 12 months and aims to ultimately replace CPD’s existing gang database, which has been characterized as ineffective, inaccurate and outdated.”


ZDNet: AI’s big problem: Lazy humans just trust the algorithms too much. “It’s all well and good to recommend that humans consistently monitor the decisions made by AI systems, especially if those decisions impact decisive fields like warfare or policing. But in reality, how good are humans at catching the flaws of those systems?”

Institute of Cancer Research: World’s largest sarcoma research database aims to revolutionise sarcoma treatment after multi-million pound investment. “Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, working alongside collaborators from around the globe, are set to begin work on the world’s largest digital hub of sarcoma clinical and research data after receiving a £2.5m grant.” Good morning, Internet…

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