Natural Refrigerants, Sudan Cassette Tapes, Women’s Suffrage, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 4, 2020


Hydrocarbons 21: U.S. Nonprofit Launches NatRef Technology Library. “The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a 501c3 nonprofit collaborating with the supermarket industry to advance the adoption of natural refrigerants, has launched, for a limited time, a free online library of audio/slide presentations showcasing natural refrigerant technology for both new and existing supermarket facilities…. NASRC has also released a resource library, which includes ‘a collection of tools and educational resources to help the supermarket industry, policymakers, environmental stakeholders, and interested individuals learn about and contribute to the advancement of natural refrigerants in supermarket and food retail applications.'” Here’s a bit of an overview of natural refrigerants.

Spotted via Reddit and new-to-me: the Instagram account Sudan Tapes Archives. From the Instagram page: “a small archive of digitized sudanese cassette tapes. all download links are available via soundcloud!”

Arizona State University: Zócalo Public Square, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County present ‘When Women Vote’ series. “In commemoration of this year’s centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Zócalo Public Square and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will present a three-part livestreamed event that will highlight the past, present and future of women in protest, power and progress.”


Tom’s Guide: Google Assistant just got killer upgrades to make learning from home easier. “Parents, you might want to pay attention: Google Assistant just gained a handful of home-schooling commands that could make teaching your kid at home easier this fall. With traditional in-person schooling in limbo throughout the U.S. and beyond, Google Assistant has added some features to help you keep your child (or children) on track with their virtual education.”


Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Ya Fav Trashman’ gives an inside look at Philly trash pickup on Instagram and the city is listening. “As the controversy over delays in Philadelphia’s trash collection began to mount in June, sanitation worker Terrill Haigler heard residents’ anguished and, (this is Philly) sometimes angry, cries about the garbage piling up on city streets. ‘People were yearning for an understanding and an answer to why their trash is the way it is,’ he said. So he created an Instagram account — @YaFavTrashman — to give people ‘an inside look at the daily habits of a trashman,’ a profession he believes is ‘“probably the most underrated job in America.'”

Washington Post: I’ve worn Alexa-enabled glasses for two weeks. They’re driving me bananas.. “After two weeks with the $180 Echo Frames, I can report that you have to really love Alexa to want to wear it on your face. But the Frames offer a fascinating view of the state of the art in virtual assistants — and perhaps also the state of our dystopia. They’re one of Amazon’s first true ‘hearables’: wearable tech designed for hearing information, rather than seeing it.”


CNN: Four Hong Kong student activists arrested for ‘secession’ over social media posts. “Police in Hong Kong have arrested four members of a student-led pro-independence group for suspected secessionist offenses on social media under the city’s sweeping new national security law. The arrests are among the first since the law was imposed on the city by China on July 1, which also criminalized subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces.”

Reuters: Local U.S. election officials fight disinformation ‘virus’, whether from overseas or Trump. “On a recent Zoom call, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s top election official, ran through slides showing altered Facebook photographs, misleading tweets from the last presidential election and photographs of Russian hackers.”


ZDNet: Who’s the greatest golfer of all time? This data-led project might have the answer. “What do you do if a global pandemic means you can’t stage one of the world’s most famous golf tournaments? For The R&A, organisers of The Open, the answer was to use a combination of data and video to create a virtual tournament of golfing greats from the past 50 years.”


The Star: M’sian music fan deejays with wind-up gramophone, playing century-old recordings. “[Caleb] Goh has a ‘very small’ collection of over 500 shellac records, comprising mostly swing music from the 1920s. He notes that unlike vinyl, shellac records only hold two songs each (one song per side) so you need a sizeable collection to not end up having to listen to the same songs again and again. The oldest one in his possession is an American recording from 1898, but the one he considers the rarest and most interesting is a Gaisberg recording of a Japanese song from 1903.” Good evening, Internet…

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