Mars Express Photography, England Numismatics, Tropical Forests, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 23, 2020


Digital Trends: Browse hundreds of images of Mars captured by ESA’s Mars Express webcam. “If you’ve ever wanted to get a close-up look at Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has just released a treasure trove of images. Captured by the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) instrument onboard the Mars Express orbiter, these images come from data captured between 2007 and this year, in addition to observations of the release of the Beagle 2 lander in 2003.”

CoinWeek: Revived ANA Money Museum Exhibit Now Online. “The ANA Money Museum’s exhibit, ‘Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England’ – originally displayed in 2007-08 – can now be appreciated virtually. The popular exhibit was based on the history of the English Civil Wars and featured some of the great rarities of English coins (including the Petition Crown), as well as a number of early American coins.” The article outlines several other online exhibits available from the American Numismatic Association’s money museum.

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests. “A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free.”

AgriPulse: New tool locates Wi-Fi hot spots in rural communities. “A new interactive map from the American Connection Project (ACP) makes it easier to find free internet connectivity across the nation. The new map includes locations of 2,300 free Wi-Fi hot spots across 49 states with the hope of adding more sites in the coming months. Many of the current hot spots are retail locations for places like Land O’Lakes and Tractor Supply Company, but they also include facilities such as electric coops and 4-H buildings.”


ProPublica: How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation. “Misinformation and disinformation, especially online, continue to play a huge role in the 2020 election. Learn more about the types of false information you’re likely to come across this year — and how you can help fight it.”


Joy Online: Hacklab foundation to create an open database for Ghanaian developers. “With about a dozen hubs spurring innovation and growth in tech, the developer and tech community in Ghana continues to grow steadily. It has become prudent to map out the ecosystem and understand what gaps and opportunities exist.”


The Drum: Signs point to another Google antitrust complaint, this time focused on adtech. “Google could be hit with another multistate antitrust complaint to pile on the US Justice Department’s search-centric suit against the company. State lawyers have been poking at Google’s adtech system for months, asking detailed questions about ad auction mechanics, header bidding, third-party data access and more.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives’ legal bill for Palace Papers case could top $2 million. “The National Archives spent $1 million fighting to stop Australians seeing the Palace Papers and faces spending that amount again on the legal costs of the historian who battled to get the documents released. Meanwhile, thousands of secret foreign policy files gather dust in public service store rooms waiting for declassification as the archives complains of funding shortfalls.” I only vaguely knew of the Palace Papers. ABC News Australia filled me in.


Science Daily: New tool can diagnose strokes with a smartphone. “A new tool created by researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist Hospital could diagnose a stroke based on abnormalities in a patient’s speech ability and facial muscular movements, and with the accuracy of an emergency room physician — all within minutes from an interaction with a smartphone.”

Library of Congress: Analyzing the Born-Digital Archive. “As a 2020 Staff Innovator working on the Born Digital Access Now! project, I conducted an analysis of the file formats contained in the Manuscript Division holdings. Analyzing and documenting file formats is a necessary first step to mapping the 85 processed collections containing born-digital material to the most suitable access pathway. Additionally, this analysis will inform the development of a pilot digital access workstation with the appropriate specifications and tools.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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