Military Plane Photography, AI-Based Medical Devices, Teacher PD, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2020


Russia Beyond: INSIDE the cockpits of legendary Soviet planes (PHOTOS). “Many people dream of sitting in the cockpit of a plane. But what about the cockpit of historical aircraft? Now it’s possible even online thanks to Sasha Gentsis’ ‘Ruling the Skies’ photo project. Gentsis took some incredible shots of the inside of rare aircraft from the collection of the Central Museum of the Russian Air Force.”

The Medical Futurist: New Study: The State Of A.I.-Based, FDA-approved Medical Devices And Algorithms – An Online Database. “The latest peer-reviewed paper from The Medical Futurist Institute (TMFI) analysed the state of regulation over A.I.-based algorithms. Using the FDA as an example, the authors even pioneered the first open access, online database of FDA-approved A.I.-based algorithms, which the U.S.-based regulatory body should have come up with already.” TIL I like a little shade with my open-access databases….

Education Week Teacher: It’s Notoriously Hard to Evaluate PD. A New System Aims to Change That. “The Professional Learning Partner Guide got started with little fanfare earlier this month. Its first round of reviews evaluates 16 providers who offer PD in math, English/language arts, and science. Some are curriculum publishers, such as Zearn and Great Minds. Others, such as TNTP, offer PD on other organizations’ curricula.”

Atlas Obscura: A Rare Day-by-Day Document of Life Aboard a Slave Ship. “THE TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE DATABASE documents more than 36,000 voyages in which enslaved persons were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean…. Despite the overwhelming density of these kinds of records, masking brutality with meticulous documentation, far less survives to describe daily life on these ships, or the experience of being on board. That’s what distinguishes the ‘Journal of the Slave Ship Mary,’ recently acquired by Georgetown University Library in Washington, D.C.”


Engadget: Google wants you to train its AI by lip syncing ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I. “Google is asking users to help teach its AI how to speak. A new ‘Experiments with Google’ called LipSync asks users to lip sync a small part of ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I, Android Police reports. LipSync, which is built by YouTube for Chrome on desktop, will score your performance. It will then feed the video to Google’s AI — it doesn’t record any audio.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases new patch for Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2). “[Six] days ago, Microsoft started to roll out what it thought would be the final release for Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update as it’s also known) to Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels — Build 19042.508 (KB4571756). [Two days ago] it updates that ‘final’ build to 19042.541, fixing a massive list of issues.”

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Create And Share Alexa Routines. “Alexa’s routines feature is a pretty useful one. If you’ve ever played around with macros before, then you might be familiar with it. For those who aren’t, basically routines allow users to group together a bunch of different Alexa features and with a single command, you can run them all at once.”


Daily Tar Heel: ‘It’s a creative source for me’: How social media is making thrifting a movement. “In 2012, hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis popularized thrifting with their song, ‘Thrift Shop.’ Now in 2020, thrifting is still sweeping the nation, but this time through social media outlets. Tik-tokers and Instagram users are proving that this sustainable practice is in vogue by showing off their thrifted treasures to create outfits and art.”

University of California Davis: Historians to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive. “For years, the historical papers of a Peruvian peasants’ rights group sat heaped in piles on the floor of a house in downtown Lima — threatened by pests, political foes, thieves and natural disasters, but largely off limits to scholars and the public. A new project led by UC Davis historian Charles Walker will digitize documents of the Peruvian Peasant Confederation (Confederación Campesina del Perú, or CCP) and make them accessible online.”


UPI: Navy’s fifth annual cybersecurity event goes online. “The second and third tracks will take place in March, but the first track — which has three phases — takes place this week and is free and open to the public. During the first phase, contestants will analyze traffic captured from maritime navigation electronics and identify the network’s sensors and devices. New members will be trained to understand the data and begin to apply their own creative solutions as they work alongside teammates.”

Rome Sentinel (New York): Proposal would hold social media companies responsible for violent material . “Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, has introduced legislation designed to hold social media companies responsible when violent and graphic material is shared on their sites. Brindisi has dubbed the legislation ‘Bianca’s Law’ after the brutal murder of 17-year-old Bianca Devins in Utica was shared online by the accused killer.”

Bloomberg: Google, Facebook CEOs Face Possible Subpoena From Senate Panel. “A Senate panel is preparing to subpoena the chief executive officers of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. if they don’t agree to appear voluntarily to testify on a controversial legal shield that benefits social media, said a spokesperson for the Senate Commerce Committee.” Good morning, Internet…

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