The California Aggie, Royal Barry Wills, Ecosia, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 16, 2020


The California Aggie: The California Aggie first undergraduate UC newspaper to digitize entire collection. “The California Aggie, formerly known as The Weekly Agricola, is the first undergraduate UC newspaper to digitize its entire historical collection. The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) — the online home of many historical editions of California-based periodicals — now showcases 5,410 issues of The Aggie. These issues date all the way back to the first issue of The Weekly Agricola on Sept. 29, 1915. The collection is broken down by year and month, has a keyword-search function and is available for download.” The Aggie is the newspaper of the University of California, Davis.

Historic New England: Historic New England is making the archive of a famous architectural firm accessible to the public for the first time.. “This collection documents the history and work of the Boston-based architectural firm founded in 1925 by Royal Barry Wills, one of America’s most popular architects and master of the Cape Cod-style house. From the 1920s to the 1960s, Wills designed 2,500 single-family residences, authored eight books about architecture, hosted a radio program, lectured widely, received numerous awards, supplied ‘Home Building Plans’ for a number of newspapers, and was the subject of feature articles in Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. In 2013 Wills’ son Richard donated the majority of the company archives to Historic New England.”


Neowin: Chrome adds Ecosia as search provider option in 47 countries. “Ecosia has announced that Chrome users will be able to switch to its search engine in an upcoming update to the mobile edition of the browser. Ecosia, which plants trees after every 45 searches, will feature alongside Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Yahoo! as a pre-configured search provider.”

WTSP: New GPS app could help people who are visually impaired find their way . “Carlos Montas has been blind since he was a child. He often relies on others to help him get around or navigate unfamiliar places. But Montas, who also happens to work at Pinellas Lighthouse for the Blind, is one of the first to be trying out a new app being developed here in the Bay Area called Lazarillo – a step-by-step audio assistant that describes what’s around him.”

Tech Hive: YouTube TV’s regional sports situation is a total mess for cord-cutters now . “Around the country, YouTube TV subscribers are finding that they can no longer watch the regional Fox Sports networks they were getting before. In some cases, subscribers have lost all regional sports coverage, yet they’re paying the same $50 per month as subscribers in other parts of the state or region, where the same team coverage remains available.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Free and Modern Online Image Editors to Replace Clunky Programs & Apps. “There are a few cool one-click photo enhancement websites, but sometimes, you need to do more. Whether you need to edit images in large batches, remove backgrounds from GIFs, or just add filters and stickers, there’s a simple and excellent online image editor for that. Oh, and let’s also revisit a new version of one of the most popular photo editors ever.”

Universe Today: Five Space and Astronomy Activities to do at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak. “If you’re looking for ways to keep occupied, keep your kids in learning-mode while school is canceled, and expand your horizons — all at the same time — luckily there are lots of space and astronomy-related activities you can do at home and online.”

ZDNet: 24 video conferencing tips to go from telecommuting zero to hero. “Over the years, I’ve done innumerable video conferences, webinars, and calls. But every time I’m still a little nervous. Here are battle-tested ways I and some friends and colleagues have found to do well at video — or, at least, not mess up too badly.”


The Guardian: Unique Pablo Neruda archive – and slice of history – up for auction. “Along with more than 600 books, manuscripts, photographs, magazines, letters and postcards, [Miguel] Hernández’s missive to his Chilean correspondent, the poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda, now forms part of a unique and lovingly amassed collection dedicated to the Nobel-prize winner’s life and work that will be auctioned in Barcelona next week.”

Pointe: This New Instagram Account Calls Out Bad Imitations of Ballet in Advertising. “Let’s start with an undisputed fact: Ballet dancers work hard. Very hard. And yet they’re often underpaid, overworked and misunderstood by a society that idolizes tutus, toe shoes and a dancer’s physique, without understanding what’s behind it. So it’s no surprise that bunheads are left feeling frustrated when clothing companies and fashion magazines choose to hire models, rather than dancers, to show off their ballet-inspired wares.”

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum allocated £180 million in Budget to create state-of-the art research centre at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. “The collection of 80 million specimens, spanning 4.5 billion years from the formation of the solar system to the present day, is globally unique and scientifically invaluable. It plays a key role in the UK’s international reputation as a scientific leader. The development of new world-class accommodation will allow the Museum to move collections currently at risk of deterioration and irreparable damage from being housed in functionally and physically obsolete 20th century buildings to facilities which meet international collection standards.”


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gross overreach: Ancestry. com was right to block access to DNA database. “Privacy has become a naive, even passe idea in the minds of many Americans, particularly those raised in a world where social media, smartphones and the Patriot Act are the norm. But the increasing popularity of DNA testing services, in which people pay to have their DNA analyzed and stored by private companies, has set the stage for an important new battleground in the war on privacy.” Good morning, Internet…

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