Raphael’s Artworks, Jon Burge, Catholic Church Records, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 4, 2021


Input: This tool lets you zoom in on Raphael’s breathtaking tapestries. “The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has released an online tool that allows viewers to take in the stunning beauty and mystery of one of the most impressive Renaissance artists, Raphael. Marking the painter’s 500th anniversary, this V&A virtual magnifying glass is a product of collaborative work with the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation. The resulting program renders Raphael’s work in breathtakingly minute detail, down to the shafts of light and warmth or conversely, darkness on figures’ faces.”

WTTW: New Online Archive Documents Years of Police Torture Under Jon Burge. “It’s been nearly three decades since Jon Burge was fired from the Chicago Police Department, but a new archive unveiled Wednesday is documenting the years of ‘violence and terror’ carried out against dozens of police torture survivors. The Invisible Institute, a journalism nonprofit based on the city’s South Side, published the Chicago Police Torture Archive, an online ‘human rights documentation of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s violence against more than 100 Black men, from the 1970s to the 1990s.'”


Genealogy’s Star: Findmypast adds thousands of U.S. Catholic Church Records. “This is not just another set of records to look at. If you have ancestors in America who were Catholic, this may be the first time you could find birth, marriage, and death records for them without going directly to the Diocese and Parishes.”

TNW: Jeff Bezos will no longer be the CEO of Amazon in Q3 2021. “Amazon today announced that CEO and founder Jeff Bezos would transition out of his leadership role with the company and into an executive board position. Per a company memo first spotted by CNBC, Amazon intends Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy to be Bezos’ replacement.”


Hongkiat: 10 Best Sites For Free Google Slides Themes & PowerPoint Templates. “In this write-up, I have compiled a list of 50+ places to download Google Slides themes and/or PowerPoint templates for creating your best presentation. I am going to discuss the best 10 websites in detail and list the others for you.”

Review Geek: The Free Deskreen App Turns Your Old Tablet Into a Wireless Monitor. “How many monitors do you even need? One deciding factor can be the cost of another monitor. But what if you could use nearly any tablet or smartphone you already own? If you have $8 to spare for a dongle, the free Deskreek app promises to turn your old device into a second (or third) monitor for Windows, macOS, or Linux devices.”


Los Angeles Times: They decided to make it the ‘Hollyboob’ sign because of Instagram ‘censorship’. “Two social media influencers who managed to make the Hollywood sign read ‘Hollyboob’ before being arrested on suspicion of trespassing Monday said they did so to challenge censorship on Instagram. One of them, they said, lost millions of followers — and part of her livelihood — when her accounts were shuttered for nudity. That their stunt also raised awareness for breast cancer and brought smiles to faces around the world, they said, were bonuses.”

Arizona State University: Free societies face long-term game of ‘cat-and-mouse’ in containing the spread of misinformation, disinformation. “The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University recently convened media literacy experts to discuss how authoritarians are harnessing misinformation and disinformation to undermine democracy and freedoms around the world, impacting elections and public health — all while raising the notion of supporting local journalists.”


CNET: Google settles with Labor Department over alleged hiring and pay discrimination. “Google will pay almost $2.6 million to settle claims of ‘systemic compensation and hiring discrimination’ at offices in California and Washington, the US Department of Labor said Monday. The department said it found pay disparities that affected Google female engineering employees, as well as female and Asian job applicants.”


HealthImaging: New database of FDA-cleared algorithms helps radiologists quickly navigate complex AI environment. “The American College of Radiology on Monday announced a new, searchable database of federally cleared algorithms to help radiologists navigate the complex artificial intelligence environment. The ACR Data Science Institute’s catalog includes 111 class 2 medical imaging AI algorithms cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Radiologists can search for tools according to company, subspeciality, body area, modality, and clearance date to find what may best fit their clinical needs.”

EurekAlert: Supercomputer in your bedroom. “University of Sussex academics have established a method of turbocharging desktop PCs to give them the same capability as supercomputers worth tens of millions of pounds. Dr James Knight and Prof Thomas Nowotny from the University of Sussex’s School of Engineering and Informatics used the latest Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) to give a single desktop PC the capacity to simulate brain models of almost unlimited size.”

USA Today: Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says. “Despite repeatedcharges of anti-conservative bias from former President Donald Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found. Like previous research, ‘False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives,’ concludes that rather than censoring conservatives, social media platforms amplify their voices.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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