NZ Model Railway Journal, TikTok, Brown Media Archive, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 12, 2020


Exact Editions Blog: Exact Editions partners with NZ Model Railway Guild. “Exact Editions is pleased to announce, in partnership with the NZ Model Railway Guild, the full digital archive of NZ Model Railway Journal is now available to print subscribers. Going back to its very first issue published in 1977, the archive includes over 230 fully-searchable back issues to be explored.”


CNET: China prefers US shutdown of TikTok over forced sale, report says. “Chinese officials would rather see the short-form video app TikTok shut down in the US than have parent company ByteDance forced to sell American operations, Reuters reported on Friday.”

UGA Today: UGA Libraries celebrates 25 years of Brown Media Archive with virtual event series. “The Brown Media Archives preserve more than 250,000 titles in film, audiotape and other recording formats, including home movies and news film, spanning the past 100 years. Located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries along with two other special collections units, Brown’s faculty and staff also are tasked with the preservation and access to the collection of entries to the Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious electronic media award in the United States, which is administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.”


Supercluster: The Space Age Museum. “Peter Kleeman is the founder and curator of Space Age Museum, a vast archive of pop culture ephemera that showcases ‘how everyday people participated in the adventure of space exploration during the 20th Century.’ Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Jamie Carreiro interviewed Peter Kleeman for the Supercluster Podcast. Below, Peter shared more insight on his mission to preserve this unique moment in space history.”

AP: Biden audio first shared by ‘Russian agent’ thrives online. “The audio’s proliferation on social media shows how foreign operations aimed at influencing the U.S. election are still easily reaching Americans, despite efforts by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to rein in such meddling. Since there’s no evidence the heavily edited recordings have been stolen or were entirely fabricated, they’ve been able to flourish online, skirting new policies social media companies rolled out to prevent foreign interference in this year’s elections.”

BW Education: Digital Library To Be Constructed In Uttarakhand For Preservation Of Sanskrit Manuscripts. “Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) announced on Tuesday that a digital library will be constructed in the state for the preservation of Sanskrit manuscripts.”


Motherboard: CBP Bought ‘Unlimited’ Use of a Nationwide Tracking Database. “Customs and Border Protection, the law enforcement agency which recently flew a Predator drone over anti-police brutality protests, has purchased ‘unlimited’ alerts for the location of vehicles, and by extension people, across the country, according to internal CBP documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents, which include a coverage area map, show that the agency can track cars in major cities and populated areas of the country more generally. Many of the places it can track are far outside the border regions CBP nominally protects.”

TechCrunch: Facebook seeks fresh legal delay to block order to suspend its transatlantic data transfers . “Facebook is firing up its lawyers to try to block EU regulators from forcing it to suspend transatlantic data transfers in the wake of a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court this summer. The tech giant has applied to judges in Ireland to seek a judicial review of a preliminary suspension order, it has emerged.”


Purdue University: Purdue Scientists Join in Launch of Cloud-based Canine Cancer Database to Benefit Humans and Their Best Friends. “The National Cancer Institute has announced the development of the Integrated Canine Data Commons (ICDC), which has significant ties to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Developed by the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the cloud-based repository of spontaneously arising canine cancer data was created with the goal of advancing human cancer research by enabling comparative analysis of canine cancer.”

EurekAlert: A new technique prevents errors in quantum computers. “Even quantum computers make mistakes. Their computing ability is extraordinary; indeed, it exceeds that of classical computers by far. This is because circuits in quantum computers are based on qubits that can represent not only 0s or 1s, but also superpositions of 0 and 1 states by using the principles of quantum mechanics. Despite their great potential, qubits are extremely fragile and prone to errors due to the interactions with the external environment.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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