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Arizona’s Little Hollywood, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Scientific American, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 19, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Sedona. biz: Sedona Heritage Museum Launches Online ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’ Photo Collection. “The Sedona Historical Society announces that their newest and third historic photo collection is now available for view and research as part of the Arizona Memory Project. Entitled ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’, the 80+ photos chosen represent only a portion of the photos held by the Society that capture memorable moments in Sedona’s film-making history.”

Business Wire: Iron Mountain and CyArk Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Digitally Preserving the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights and Suffrage Movement (PRESS RELEASE). “Iron Mountain Incorporated, the storage and information management services company, and CyArk, a heritage preservation non-profit, announced they have digitally preserved three properties at the Women’s Rights National Historic Park: the Elizabeth Stanton House, Richard P. Hunt and Jane C. Hunt House and Wesleyan Chapel. This preservation initiative celebrates the movement’s founding members and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment ratification, guaranteeing women the right to vote…. Through new, online guided tours, visitors can now explore the sites by virtually navigating through the property models while experts provide voiceover commentary on historical highlights.”

Scientific American: Explore 175 Years of Words in Scientific American. “We invite you to dive in and explore a database of words that appeared prominently in the print history of Scientific American. Below, each year of that history is represented by a single word, which was selected through a text-analysis project that started with all 5,107 issues of the magazine. Words whose relative frequency peaked in each individual year were identified.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google Maps update includes more colorful images and sidewalk info. “In addition to helping you find your way, the latest Google Maps update will help you know more details about any given area at a glance. Starting this week, Google will shade maps with colors based on satellite imagery so you can easily tell the difference between forests and beaches. The update will be available worldwide and will cover a variety of natural and manmade features.”

CBR: DC FanDome Unveils Twitter Emojis for Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and More. “As DC FanDome approaches, the upcoming virtual convention has revealed special Twitter emojis based on the characters of the DC Universe, as well as their adaptations, such as the Arrowverse or the DC Extended Universe.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NBC News: How QAnon rode the pandemic to new heights — and fueled the viral anti-mask phenomenon. “While QAnon bubbled on the fringes of the internet for years, researchers and experts say it has emerged in recent months as a sort of centralized hub for conspiracy and alternative health communities. According to an internal document reported by NBC News this week, Facebook now has more than 1,000 of these QAnon groups, totaling millions of members.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook’s Preferential Treatment Of US Conservatives Puts Its Fact-Checking Program In Danger. “Since at least late 2016, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended Facebook by insisting it should not be ‘an arbiter of truth,’ while creating a third-party fact-checking program to fill that role of umpire. But journalists and researchers at the dozens of organizations that make up Facebook’s fact-checking operation say the company is often just that. Some told BuzzFeed News they were surprised to learn their verdicts had been ignored or overruled by Facebook in a closed-door process with little transparency, and warned that this risks undermining the program’s credibility.”

Getty Iris: Inside the Senior Communities Taking the Getty Museum Challenge. “The Getty Museum Challenge found its way to many senior communities by way of staff, often the activities directors who work to provide residents with entertainment like classes, day trips, and game nights. With early outbreaks of COVID-19 clustered in senior communities, these facilities were among the first to institute safety precautions such as prohibiting visitors and trips outside the grounds, limiting class sizes or canceling them altogether, and instructing residents to avoid gathering in groups—leaving staff scrambling to find ways to keep residents both busy and socially-distant.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Defense One: The Pentagon’s AI Factory Gets a Powerful New Tool. “The ‘factory’ that pumps out AI tools for the Pentagon is about to get a new tool of its own, one that leaders of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, hope will streamline their production and boost output. The JAIC has awarded a $100 million contract to Deloitte Consulting to create the Joint Common Foundation, or JCF — basically, a tool to help organize the factory, secure it against intruders, direct its workers, and test its products. ”

Taipei Times: Taiwan’s wildlife database the second-largest in Asia . “A database on biodiversity in Taiwan has compiled records of almost 10 million wildlife sightings, making it the second-largest wildlife index in Asia, with the vast majority of data coming from volunteers, the Council of Agriculture’s Endemic Species Research Institute said. The Taiwan Biodiversity Network, which was launched in 2007, has recorded 9.87 million animal and plant sightings, Ko Chih-jen (柯智仁), an assistant researcher at the institute, said… adding that India maintains Asia’s largest database with up to 19 million recorded sightings.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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