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Family-Friendly Video Games, Museum of Flight, Google Chrome, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 7, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

GameSpace: Family Video Game Database Launches – Get The Kids Back On The Computer!. “This new database might still be in its early stages but features a whole host of games that present more than just a faceless zombie or a trash-talking 13 year old from another time zone. Instead, you will find information on how to tame gaming. There are several subcategories of suggestions including a range of fitness games, some of which you’ll find on our fitness game guide, as well as educational games and ideas for titles that are likely to calm the noise levels in the room.”

The Museum of Flight: The Museum of Flight is Now in Your Home. “The site features the best of the Museum’s exciting videos, virtual tours, blogs and collections; plus surprising new ways to explore one of Seattle’s top tourist attractions. State-of-the-art 3D tours in the Virtual Museum Online allow visitors to deeply explore the Museum’s top 12 aircraft, including favorites like Air Force One, Concorde, B-17 and the Space Shuttle Trainer. For the bigger picture, photos and info about every plane and spacecraft in the Museum’s renowned collection are also on view.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Google gives Chrome users the option to always show full URLs in the address bar. “Google’s decision to hide the start of website URLs from Chrome’s omnibox was a little controversial. While replacing https://www. and http://www. with icons indicating whether the site was secure or not, many people preferred being about to see that the HTTPS protocol is being used through the presence of those five letters. If you’re one of these people, there’s some good news: Google seems to have been listening.”

Neowin: Google Photos gets minor new features, ‘premium editor’ feature spotted in teardown. “A new Google Photos app update is bringing a new look to the Memories feature in the app and a few new features for printing the pictures served in that section. Version 4.45 of the app is now rolling out to Android users, bringing some features that were spotted in an APK teardown of the app (via XDADevelopers).”

USEFUL STUFF

Everybody’s Libraries: Everybody’s Library Questions: Finding films in the public domain. “First, how do you find out what films exist that meet your content criteria? Second, how do you find out whether films in that set are in the public domain? Finally, how can you get access to a film so you can do things with it (such as write a score for it)?”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

University of Kansas: $2.5m Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts. “Researchers at the University of Kansas and CAST, a nonprofit and founders of the universal design for learning framework, have won a grant to improve a tool that has proven effective at helping students, especially those with disabilities, grasp science concepts by making it more teacher-friendly and sustainable to use in classrooms.”

New York Times: Meet Your Meme Lords. “Future researchers can rest easy: Know Your Meme, Urban Dictionary, Creepypasta and Cute Overload have all been preserved by the Library of Congress. So has the band website for They Might Be Giants and the entire published output of The Toast, the humor site that shut down in 2016. And while the Library of Congress owns a rare print copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the web archive features the LOLCat Bible Translation Project, which rendered the bible in LOLspeak.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Google Blog: Identifying vulnerabilities and protecting you from phishing. “Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and the people who use our products. Following our November update, today we’re sharing the latest insights to fight phishing, and for security teams, providing more details about our work identifying attacks against zero-day vulnerabilities.”

Ubergizmo: Malware-Laden Fake Best Buy USB Drives Are Being Sent Out In The Mail. “If you happen to receive a letter from Best Buy that comes with a free USB drive inside of it, don’t rejoice just yet. This is because according to a report from Trustwave, it seems that these USB drives are filled with malware that could hijack your computer if you were to insert it into your PC.”

Japan Times: French court cancels fine on Google over right to be forgotten. “Google won a battle over the right to be forgotten after France’s top administrative court canceled a fine of €100,000 ($111,000) for failing to remove contentious search results globally.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Iowa State University: Innovative Iowa State University Scientist Advances Machine Learning as Tool for Crop Breeding. “Using machine learning to develop and utilize plant breeding tools that can deliver improved genetics to farmers faster is a dream of Asheesh (Danny) Singh, associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University and recipient of the 2020 Raymond and Mary Baker Agronomic Excellence Award.”

PRNewswire: CJS Releases World’s First Website for Sharing Information on Scientific Papers’ Reproducibility (PRESS RELEASE). “Japan’s CJS Inc. released the website SciGen.Report ( https://scigen.report/ ) on March 20 as a platform for researchers to share information about the reproducibility of scientific publications. Amidst soaring worldwide concerns regarding COVID-19 and expedition of related publications, SciGen.Report permits swift information sharing to keep up with research pace, contributing to controlling the pandemic.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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