Dorthea Lange, Vanderbilt University, Free Movies, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 13, 2020


Smithsonian Magazine: Explore Dorothea Lange’s Iconic Photos With These Online Exhibitions. “Lange’s work documenting the economic downturn was just one chapter in her prolific, four-decade career. Now, two online exhibitions—a newly debuted digital archive from the Oakland Museum of California and a digitized retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City—enable users to explore the full range of Lange’s oeuvre, from her 1957 series on an Oakland public defender to her portraits of wartime shipyard workers and her later snapshots of Irish country life.”


Vanderbilt News: Vanderbilt University launches series on justice, healing with renowned artists and scholars. “Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host ‘Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,’ a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest.”


WSB-TV: 12 of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online. “Whether you enjoy comedies, mysteries, documentaries or something else entirely, you can find a great selection of movies online for free. In this article, I’ll take a look at 12 of the best websites and resources for watching free movies. I’ve visited each of the websites listed below, and I’ve tested a few videos from each to ensure quality, check for ads and see what’s available at no charge.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Messenger Rooms: A Beginner’s Guide. “You probably use Facebook and Facebook Messenger on a daily basis, but you may not yet have tried its built-in Messenger Rooms feature. If you don’t know, Messenger Rooms are Facebook’s take on video-calling, and the feature is incredibly easy to use. Ready to hop on a video call? Here’s how to get started using Facebook’s Messenger Rooms.”


Mashable: FBI and police departments say wildfire conspiracy theories spreading on Facebook aren’t true. “As wildfires devastate the West Coast, the FBI and local officials in California, Oregon, and Washington are also fighting the spread of something else: rampant misinformation. Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quickly spreading on Facebook. While they vary, most revolve around the idea that antifa, or anti-fascists, are responsible for the fires.”

Boing Boing: PayPal won’t run transactions referring to tardigrades. “Archie McPhee, sellers of curios, realized that any PayPal transaction containing the word ‘tardigrade’ — that being the name of the adorable tiny space-surviving creatures they sell ornaments of — would be blocked.”

New York Times: The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time. “Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Vanessa Pappas, 41, was worried. TikTok’s North American business, which she has run since 2018, was dealing with an uproar.”


Make Tech Easier: New Vulnerability, BLURtooth, Attacks Bluetooth Devices. “It seems nothing is safe from technology attacks these days. Attackers will find a way to attack any device or service that it is able to. A recent vulnerability, BLURtooth, attacks the component used for setting up authentication keys when pairing Bluetooth-capable devices. Yes, even that is something you need to worry about not being safe.”

Politico: Russia, China and Iran trying to hack presidential race, Microsoft says. “Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers have mounted cyberattacks against hundreds of organizations and people involved in the 2020 presidential race and U.S.-European policy debates, with targets including the campaigns of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Microsoft said Thursday. The report is the most expansive public warning to date about the rapid spread of foreign governments’ efforts to wield hackers to undermine U.S. democracy.”

Brisbane Times: Adani wins injunction forcing activist to remove social media posts. “Adani has won a court injunction requiring anti-coal activist Ben Pennings to remove social media posts and stop using confidential information to frustrate the mining company’s plans. The Brisbane Supreme Court heard Mr Pennings was the ‘spokesperson and strategist’ for Galilee Blockade, an activist group dedicated to stopping the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin from going ahead.”


CNET: Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners revel in the beauty of space. “If you want a reminder of just how gorgeous our universe is, then take some time to browse the winners of the 2020 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. From an artful aurora to the surface of the sun, these images capture the enduring beauty of the cosmos.”

MIT Technology Review: New standards for AI clinical trials will help spot snake oil and hype. “An international consortium of medical experts has introduced the first official standards for clinical trials that involve artificial intelligence. The move comes at a time when hype around medical AI is at a peak, with inflated and unverified claims about the effectiveness of certain tools threatening to undermine people’s trust in AI overall.” Good morning, Internet…

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