Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Climate Change in Cities, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2020


Getty: To Hold Nature in the Hand: Revealing the Wonders of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta. “Small enough to hold in the hand, the allure of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Wondrous Monuments of Calligraphy) in the Getty Museum’s collection of manuscripts is undeniable. Hold the book close enough, and the butterflies seem to quiver before your eyes and the fruit looks good enough to eat….Viewable in a newly published facsimile and online, readers can now appreciate the impossibly tiny spiraling micro-writing; observe the subtle differences between the green leaves of the crossed tulips; almost feel the rusting surface of the apple; and be delighted by the hair-fine web spun by the spider.”

UC Irvine: UCI scholar launches database dedicated to German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “An expert on the German philosophical tradition from the Enlightenment to the present, [Professor John H.] Smith has written previously on Goethe. As the co-editor-in-chief of the project, Smith is leading a transnational team of 22 scholars representing 17 universities. Their goal is to make Goethe’s thought available to scholars outside of the German-speaking world and to help scholars connect with Goethe’s work. Each year, they plan to add 10-15 entries on Goethe’s work for a total of 200-300 entries. This project’s ultimate aim though is to turn accepted ideas of how philosophy can influence art on their head by instead showing how a creative writer had input on philosophical thought.”

University of East Anglia: New App Allows Users To Explore How Global Warming Changes Their Cities’ Climate . “A new mobile app allows people to explore how global warming will affect the future climate of their towns and cities. Developed by EarthSystemData Ltd with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the free to download ‘ESD Research’ app enables anyone anywhere to access the latest temperature and rainfall projections from the world’s top six most scientifically respected climate models.”


The Verge: TikTok says the Trump administration has forgotten about trying to ban it, would like to know what’s up. “TikTok has filed a petition in a US Court of Appeals calling for a review of actions by the Trump administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The reason, according to the company, is that it hasn’t heard from the committee in weeks about an imminent deadline for parent company ByteDance to sell off US assets over national security concerns.”

BetaNews: Yahoo Mail users are losing free email forwarding. “If you’re still making use of a Yahoo Mail account, there’s some bad news for you. Unless you are willing to pay for your email, you’re no longer going to be able to automatically forward emails to another account. In fact, users have less than two months to enjoy the feature until it gets locked behind a paywall.”


TNW: How to build an AI stylist inspired by outfits on Instagram. “My AI Stylist was half based on this smart closet from the movie Clueless… and half based on the idea that one way to dress fashionably is to copy fashionable people. Particularly, fashionable people on Instagram. The app pulls in the Instagram feeds of a bunch of fashion ‘influencers’ on Instagram and combines them with pictures of clothing you already own to recommend you outfits.”

Search Engine Journal: How to Create an Active LinkedIn Group
. “No, it doesn’t have as many users as Facebook and Instagram. But what makes it special is that it’s a unique platform specifically designed for businesses and professionals. So, while you post your vacation photos and cute cat videos on Instagram, you go to LinkedIn to build your business network, increase your industry knowledge, and connect with potential clients.”


NPR: Twitter Permanently Suspends Steve Bannon Account After Beheading Comments. “Twitter permanently suspended an account associated with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested in a video posted online Thursday that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded.”


ThreatPost: Millions of Hotel Guests Worldwide Caught Up in Mass Data Leak. “A widely used hotel reservation platform has exposed 10 million files related to guests at various hotels around the world, thanks to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket. The records include sensitive data, including credit-card details.”

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE): LAWSUIT VICTORY: UCLA admits to violating the law after stonewalling open records request for over a year. “It took 404 days, five extensions, and a lawsuit for the University of California, Los Angeles to fulfill a single open records request. Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announces a victory in the lawsuit — filed to remind UCLA and public institutions around the country that they have a moral and legal obligation to fulfill public records requests.”

CNN: Big Tech shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief over Biden. “Don’t expect Joe Biden to go any easier on Big Tech than President Donald Trump has. That’s the view many Washington policy experts are taking to the prospect of a Biden presidency. It highlights how, despite some enormous differences from Trump in terms of style and policy, there may be more continuity between the two administrations than you might think.”


EurekAlert: Two motivational artificial beings are better than one for enhancing learning. “Social rewards such as praise are known to enhance various stages of the learning process. Now, researchers from Japan have found that praise delivered by artificial beings such as robots and virtual graphics-based agents can have effects similar to praise delivered by humans, with important practical applications as social services such as education increasingly move to virtual and online platforms.” Good morning, Internet…

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