Catholic Churches, New Future for Replicas, Google Smartphones, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 4, 2020


PR Newswire: Churches Near Me’s New Website a Lifeline for Struggling Catholic Churches (PRESS RELEASE). “Visitors to the site can search for a Catholic Church by city, state, language, and rite. Also available for each church are Mass times, phone number, website, and whether the church offers amenities such as food banks, thrift stores, bingo, and festivals.”

University of Stirling: Replicas are also ‘the real thing’ say researchers. “Heritage specialists at the University of Stirling are calling on those who create, use and care for replicas to rethink their approaches after launching a new website to promote recognition of their authenticity, value and significance. New Future for Replicas, co-produced by an international team of experts led by Stirling’s Dr Sally Foster and Professor Siân Jones, offers innovative guidance encouraging professionals, institutions, museums and heritage sites to place new value on physical replicas, whether copies of monuments or artefacts.”


USDA .gov: Cook Healthy at Home with Nutrition. gov’s New Recipe Page. “Have you been cooking at home more since the coronavirus pandemic started?’s new Recipe page can help you prepare nutritious meals that support health and taste great. With recipes from federal and Cooperative Extension sites, this curated resource offers a variety of healthy recipes from trusted sources all in one place. Plus,’s recipe library continues to grow with new recipes being added regularly.”

AP: Google unveils budget Pixel phone as pandemic curbs spending. “Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be available Aug. 20 after months of delay caused by supply problems triggered by the pandemic.”


CNET: How to improve your privacy in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge and Brave. “Privacy is now a priority among browser makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web. Here’s a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking.”

Mashable: How to GIF YouTube videos in 10 simple steps. “So you’re watching a fun video on YouTube. Neat, good for you. You’ve seen a moment you really like, and you want to convert that fun little moment from YouTube into a GIF. I get it, pal, GIFs can be fun. Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know where to start. Creating an animated GIF from YouTube is easy and I’ve broken the process down into 10 very simple steps.”


Wired: On YouTube, vloggers are teaching people how to migrate illegally . “Since 2017, we have come across over two dozen accounts like Didi’s on YouTube – of people from North Africa migrating to Europe and beyond using irregular and often dangerous means, and passing that knowledge onto other users, while blogging about their lives. As this virtual community has grown, online platforms have fostered an ecosystem for migratory networks, central to which are personalities such as Didi and their relatively unfiltered content, standing in contrast with Morocco’s heavily state-dominated media landscape.”


OneZero: The Era of DNA Database Hacks Is Here. “On the morning of July 19, hackers accessed the online DNA database GEDmatch and temporarily allowed police to search the profiles of more than 1 million users that were previously not accessible to law enforcement. GEDmatch is a genealogy tool that allows users to upload their DNA profiles generated from genetic testing services like 23andMe, Ancestry, and MyHeritage and search for relatives. It took three hours until GEDmatch became aware of the breach and pulled the site offline completely. Users have to give permission for their profiles to be included in police searches, but the breach overrode privacy settings and made user profiles on the site visible to all other users, including law enforcement officials who use the site.”

New York Times: Turkey Passes Law Extending Sweeping Powers Over Social Media. “Turkish lawmakers passed legislation on Wednesday that would give the government sweeping new powers to regulate social media content, raising concerns that one of the few remaining spaces for free public debate in the country could fall under greater government control.”


Phys .org: Study suggests optimal social networks of no more than 150 people. “New rules of engagement on the battlefield will require a deep understanding of networks and how they operate according to new Army research. Researchers confirmed a theory that find that networks of no more than 150 are optimal for efficient information exchange.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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