Aviation History, Pop-Up Art, Chrome OS, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 17, 2020


Yorkshire Post: Log book shows pilot Amy Johnson loved taking plane for joyride. “Covering the years from when she was learning to fly until just before the outbreak of the Second World War, the log book includes the Hull-born pilot’s record-breaking flights and her historic solo flight to Australia in 1930. The original document can be seen at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington, but it is the first time a complete transcript has been made available on the East Riding Museums website.”

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researcher’s work among the pop-ups that invade your online day. “A new online digital art exhibition features the work of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researcher and artist Ben Grosser. But instead of displaying on the exhibition’s website, the work of Grosser and six other artists will come to you. It will appear on your computer screen unannounced at intervals throughout the day – pop-up art, rather than pop-up ads.”


Silicon Angle: Google launches new resource for Chrome OS developers. “Google LLC today published a new resource for developers interested in building apps for the company’s Chrome OS, the operating system that powers its ecosystem of Chromebook computers. In a blog post, Iein Valdez, head of Chrome OS developer relations, said Chromebooks, along with traditional laptops, are seeing a renaissance of sorts thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced people to spend more time indoors. With so much time on their hands, people are increasingly putting down their mobile phones in favor of larger screens.”


Oooh, I’m feeling this one. From Vice: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting an Education Without Going to College. “Self-directed learning might put you at a disadvantage as far as access to course materials, instruction, peers and community, and other resources associated with institutions. But you’re also at a distinct advantage you wouldn’t otherwise have: You’re able to learn at your own pace outside of the often inflexible and unaccommodating structure of traditional classes, and to learn about the things you’re interested in that might fall outside of a set curriculum within a program or major.”


Untapped New York: New Augmented Reality App Recreates Historic NYC Buildings. “Every street in New York City is imbued with history. Each building and lot houses countless stories about the Big Apple of yesteryear and the team at Metro ARchive is developing an immersive experience that will bring those stories to life. Using augmented reality technology, the app will enable users to view historic New York City streets as they were centuries ago.”

CNET: Black Girls Code wants to diversify the tech industry. Here’s why it’s important. “Women have long been underrepresented in the tech industry. But women of color even more so: One study, by the National Center for Women in IT, reported that Black women in particular held only 3.1% of computing jobs in 2019. Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, an organization that helps young women of color from underrepresented communities learn skills to help prepare them for STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math).”


Reuters: U.S. Justice Department going ‘full tilt’ on tech antitrust probe: official. “The U.S. Justice Department is moving ‘full-tilt’ on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google and other Big Tech platforms, the department’s second-ranking official told Reuters.”


New York Times: Why Protest Tactics Spread Like Memes. “A video frame captured in Hong Kong in August 2019 shows a group of pro-democracy protesters, smoke pluming toward them, racing to place an orange traffic cone over a tear-gas canister. A video taken nine months later and 7,000 miles away, at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis, shows another small group using the same maneuver. Two moments, two continents, two cone placers, their postures nearly identical.”

PR Newswire: Clarivate Launches the Arabic Citation Index in Egypt (PRESS RELEASE). “Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has now launched the Arabic Citation Index™ (ARCI), the world’s first local language citation index for the Arabic world in Egypt. The ARCI is funded by the Egyptian government, and is available across the entire research community in Egypt. It is also open to journal submissions by editors of Arabic-language journals and will be open to researchers and organisations in all 22 nations of the Arab League by the end of 2020.”

Science Blog: ‘Endless Doomscroller’ Asks What Compels Us To Keep Scrolling Through Bad News. “The bad news seems endless. And as part of Ben Grosser’s latest project, it truly is. ‘The Endless Doomscroller’ is a constant stream of headlines, endlessly scrolling, that tell us ‘Cases Surging,’ ‘Panic Rising,’ ‘Global Crisis Looms’ and ‘Experts Say It’s Never Getting Better.’ Grosser – a professor in the School of Art and Design and the co-founder of the Critical Technology Studies Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – describes the project as ‘an endless stream of doom, without all the specifics.'” Good evening, Internet…

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