Artifact Geochemistry, National Protests, Cars, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 10, 2020


ScienceDaily: Pofatu: A new database for geochemical ‘fingerprints’ of artefacts. “Due to the improvement and increased use of geochemical fingerprinting techniques during the last 25 years, the archaeological compositional data of stone tools has grown exponentially. The Pofatu Database is a large-scale collaborative project that enables curation and data sharing. The database also provides instrumental details, analytical procedures and reference standards used for calibration purposes or quality control. Thus, Pofatu ensures reproducibility and comparability between provenance studies.”

Mercer Island Reporter: Mercer Island teen, who went viral for his COVID-19 dashboard, launches new website . “The site, which [Avi] Schiffmann announced June 2 on Twitter, aggregates and continually updates resources and information relevant to the recent wave of police-brutality protests happening nationally in response to the police killing of George Floyd and other black Americans.”

Paul Scherrer Institute: Life cycle assessment of cars – new web tool helps consumers and researchers. “Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have developed a web tool called the Carculator that can be used to compare the environmental performance of passenger cars in detail. The program determines the environmental balance of vehicles with different size classes and powertrains, and presents the results in comparative graphics. The entire life cycle of the passenger cars is taken into account, including the manufacture of the vehicles and the environmentally relevant emissions from driving.”


CNBC: Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant have been updated to express support for Black Lives Matter. “Apple, Amazon and Google recently updated their smart voice assistants. They now explain the Black Lives Matter movement when asked ‘Do black lives matter?’ and also provide updated responses to ‘Do all lives matter?’ ”

Jerusalem Post: IDF Archive allows Israelis to copy declassified documents. “Israelis are now allowed to copy documents from the IDF and Defense Establishment Archive, the Ombudsman’s Office ruled last week after more than three years of discussions, the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research said. According to Akevot, manual copying of declassified documents in the archives will not be restricted. Until the decision, one was only allowed to read documents on the computers in the archive’s reading room, while the archive did offer copies of the documents for a significant fee.”


CNET: Pride Month: Celebrate the LGBTQ community at these online events. “Global Pride is part of a wave of digital celebrations launching over the course of this month. Here are some of the virtual festivals you can attend.”

Wired: How to Set Your Social Media to Control Who Sees What. “SOCIAL MEDIA CAN bring us together, and even distract us sometimes from our troubles—but it also can expose us to scammers, hackers, and…less than pleasant experiences. Don’t panic though: you can keep the balance towards the positive with just a few common-sense steps, and we have some of the most vital ones below. When it comes to staying safe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, a lot of it is common sense, with a sprinkling of extra awareness.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Finds Over 25 Billion Spammy Pages Every Day. “Google’s efforts to keep spam out of search results are detailed in the company’s annual webspam report, published today. According to the report, over 99% of Google’s search results are spam-free, and the company goes to great lengths to keep it that way.”


Vice: Why LGBTQ YouTubers Are Suing Google for Discrimination. “If you’re a full-time content creator trying to reach an audience, the Google algorithms can be brutal, especially if they seem to be discriminatory. That’s what a group of LGBTQ YouTubers is alleging in its suit against the tech giant, which finally went to its first hearing in a California court last week after months of delays.”

Pickr: Google Drive scam leaves dodgy PDFs in your drive . “Scammers are getting better at hitting the services we use, and that last one — the calendar scam — has become so frequent, you can almost bet on receiving one every month or two if you’re someone who relies on Google Calendar, which tends to process the spam calendar invites on email without you even realising it. But it’s not the only way scammers are trying to use Google’s tools and services against users, and appear to have turned to another to get people to click: Google Drive.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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