Wildlife Habitats, American History Books, Yahoo Groups, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 13, 2020


BirdLife International: Want to discover world’s top wildlife habitats? This website has them all. “Where can you find out about the world’s most important sites for nature, and the reasons for their significance? The Key Biodiversity Area Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, containing everything you need to know about all 16,000 sites.”

Arizona State University: ASU collection of rare, historically significant books made accessible to the public online. “‘The Federalist Papers,’ a collection of short essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay in 1788, is one of the most well-known pro-Constitution writings. A first edition printing of this book, along with 23 other rare books and manuscripts related to significant figures, moments, ideas, debates and movements from American history, can be explored through Arizona State University’s Civic Classics Collection.”


ZDNet: Yahoo Groups to shut down for good on December 15, 2020. “Yahoo Groups, one of the last vestiges of the old Yahoo web properties, will shut down on December 15, 2020, when Verizon plans to take the website offline for good.” Thanks to Lucas L. for the heads-up.

PR Newswire: Kroger Launches Chefbot, a First-of-Its-Kind AI Twitter Tool that Delivers Personalized Recipe Recommendations Based on Ingredients Already in Users’ Kitchens (PRESS RELEASE). “Developed in partnership with integrated creative and media agency 360i, and technology partners Coffee Labs and Clarifai, Kroger’s Chefbot offers an innovative and user-friendly conversational solution for breaking away from mundane mealtime routines and unwanted at-home food waste—common challenges for many as families continue to enjoy more meals together at home. Chefbot’s AI analyzes photographs to recognize nearly 2,000 ingredients, unlocking 20,000 Kroger recipes for users to cook.”

The Verge: Google’s Nest announces new smart thermostat with simpler design, lower price. “Google’s Nest smart home division has a new smart thermostat available to order starting today. The new Nest Thermostat is a simpler model than the Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E and comes with a lower price, just $129.99.”


Lifehacker: How to Set Up Google Assistant Shortcuts for Your Android Apps. “Assuming the feature rollout has hit you—make sure you’ve updated your Android to the latest version of the OS, as well as any apps in the Google Play Store (it never hurts)—a smattering of the most popular Android apps can now be set up with shortcuts. Which apps? I’m glad you asked.”


Financial Times: Old Masters meet new methods. (Not paywalled for some reason, at least not for me.) “Of all works of art to sell digitally, the most challenging are those where condition is critical and not necessarily apparent in an image. As a result, dealers in older art — and especially in Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture — are having to develop new strategies for engaging with their clients online and through social media, as well as harnessing technology to bolster old-fashioned salesmanship.”


Radio New Zealand: New Zealand joins call for access to social media encrypted data. “Andrew Little, Justice Minister and minister responsible for this country’s intelligence agencies, issued the statement alongside Five Eyes partners Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as India and Japan. They say they support strong encryption that protects privacy, trade secrets and cyber security, but the technology also poses significant risks to public safety.”

Engadget: Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers. “Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password since April, exposing ‘thousands’ of calls between inmates and their attorneys. Anyone could read call logs and transcripts.”


Stanford Medicine: AI tool created to guide colorectal cancer care with more precision. “A new modeling tool may be able to help doctors assess which treatments are best for individual patients with colorectal cancer. The artificial intelligence program analyzes a patient’s disease details — such as the stage of cancer and other chronic conditions — and compares those details to other colorectal cancer cases to predict the patient’s chance of surviving past 10 years.”

EurekAlert: Social media postings linked to hate crimes. “A new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, explores the connection between social media and hate crimes. The researchers combined methods from applied microeconomics with text analysis tools to investigate how negative rhetoric about refugees on social media may have contributed to hate crimes against refugees in Germany between 2015 and 2017.”

Hindustan Times: Maharashtra gets India’s first wood anatomical database for mangrove tree species. “Maharashtra has become the first state in India to undertake forensic timber identification of mangrove tree species for enhanced conservation of the salt-tolerant coastal trees. The Institute of Wood Sciences and Technology (IWST), Bengaluru, has come up with a first-of-its-kind study for developing an inventory of wood anatomy of mangrove species along the Maharashtra coast.” Good morning, Internet…

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