Climate Thresholds, Vintage Video Games, Chrome OS, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 22, 2020


North Carolina State University, go Wolfpack, and we miss you Kay Yow: Climate Thresholds Tool Offers Historical Stats About Extreme Events. “They’re the sort of climatological curiosities that may have crossed your mind this year without even realizing it. In the Sandhills: Wow, 90 degrees before March is done? Here comes the sun! In the Foothills: A freeze in mid-May? No way! And in eastern North Carolina last month: Four inches of rain in one day? Don’t float away! If recent weather has left you wondering about the rarity of such events, or if you’re planning ahead for what sort of conditions you might expect at a different time of year, our relaunched and refreshed Climate Thresholds tool can provide the answers.”

Kotaku: Hundreds Of Unreleased Prototype Games Are Playable For Free. “Hundreds of prototypes of some of the most iconic games — Double Dragon, Street Fighter 2, Mega Man 3, AKIRA, Prince of Persia, Dr. Mario, NBA JAM, Killer Instinct and much more — have been uploaded to the Internet Archive and are now accessible to all.”


Neowin: Chrome OS 84 begins rolling out with new Overview mode features and more. “Just a week after releasing Chrome version 84 to the desktop, Google is beginning to roll out Chrome OS 84 that brings with it a few new features. These features include enhancements to the Overview mode for better split-screen usage, improvements to the virtual keyboard, and added capability to the ChromeVox accessibility feature.”


South China Morning Post: Korean pop music archive digitised and reissued for vinyl lovers – it’s ‘our living history of K-pop’, record company boss says. “Oasis Records Music Company is one such company that has been digitising and preserving its music collection. Established in 1952 during the Korean war, it owns more than 10,000 master tapes of Korean music recorded between the 1950s and 1990s, which it claims is the largest collection of its kind, unknown to the public until recently.”

The Young Witness (Australia): ‘There’s no way we can save it all’: National Archives says audio-visual records will be lost. “The National Archives of Australia is preparing to lose large sections of its 117,000 hours of magnetic tape archives, including a prioritisation process to ensure archives relating to Indigenous languages and culture aren’t lost. Archivists across the world agree that audio visual archives held on magnetic tape will be lost forever if they are not digitised by 2025, a deadline that institutions like the National Archives and National Film and Sound Archive are battling to meet.”


Mashable: Snap reportedly hires law firm to investigate claims of racially insensitive behavior. “Snap has hired a law firm to investigate racial insensitivity at the company, according to a new report from Business Insider. In June, Mashable talked to several former Snap employees who recalled incidents of racial bias and insensitivity, which some of them initially wrote about on Twitter.”

NBC News: Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown. “Twitter will stop recommending accounts and content related to QAnon, including material in email and follow recommendations, and it will take steps to limit circulation of content in features like trends and search. The action will affect about 150,000 accounts, said a spokesperson, who asked to remain unnamed because of concerns about the targeted harassment of social media employees.”


The Iranian Times: Over 100 historical monuments restored in Yazd. “Over 100 historical buildings and structures have been restored across the central province of Yazd since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20), though the coronavirus outbreak has brought the country’s tourism to a standstill. A budget of over 30 billion rials (about $700,000) has been allocated to the restoration projects, provincial tourism chief Ali-Asghar Samadiani said on Monday, CHTN reported.”

Tech Xplore: Twitter data reveals global communication network. “Twitter mentions show distinct community structure patterns resulting from communication preferences of individuals affected by physical distance between users and commonalities, such as shared language and history. While previous investigations have identified patterns using other data, such as mobile phone usage and Facebook friend connections, research from the New England Complex Systems Institute looks at the collective effect of message transfer in the global community. The group’s results are reported in an article in the journal Chaos, by AIP Publishing.” Good evening, Internet…

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