Montana Copper Book, Black Tourism Talent Directory, YouTube, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 15, 2021


Sidney Herald: Copper Book available in digital archive and hardcopy. “The Montana Legislative Services Division announced [January 28] that the 2021 Lawmakers of Montana, better known as the Copper Book, is available in hard copy, and that past issues are now viewable in a digital archive. The books include professional and personal details about the men and women who have made legislative history in Montana since the middle of the last century.”

Miami Herald: New website matches Black professionals with tourism industry opportunities. “The Black Tourism Talent Directory features profiles of Black businesses, professionals and students and encourages destination marketing organizations, travel brands, associations and media to connect with them for employment opportunities.”


CNET: YouTube will finally let you create short clips of longer videos. “YouTube is adding a new clipping tool that lets viewers quickly create short, sharable clips of up to 60 seconds from longer video uploads, the platform announced Thursday. The move gives video creators and their fans an easy way to increase a channel’s visibility, and to grow.”

Neowin: DuckDuckGo enables Global Privacy Control on mobile and desktop by default. “Late last year, DuckDuckGo joined a privacy-focused initiative called Global Privacy Control (GPC) along with other organizations and individuals in an effort to develop an open standard to help users assert their rights against online tracking. Now, it’s bringing that online privacy protection to a new level.”

Colorado Virtual Libraries: LGBTQ History Now Included in CHNC. “The Colorado State Library (CSL) and History Colorado (HC) are excited to announce the addition of the first 15 years, 1976 to 1991, of OUT FRONT Magazine to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC).”


How-To Geek: How to See an iPhone App’s Privacy Details Before Installing It. “Until recently, the ways iPhone and iPad apps could track you or use your personal data wasn’t entirely transparent to the user. Apple has set out to change that with new App Store labels that represent a sort of ‘Nutritional Label’ for digital privacy. At a glance, you are now able to see the privacy performance of each app and decide whether it fits your personal comfort level.”


Click on Detroit: Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time. “With a new Black editor in chief and ambitious promises to do better, a little corner of the Conde Nast universe is taking on racial and cultural injustice one recipe at a time. Since July, the small staff at Epicurious, a resource site for home cooks, has been scouring 55 years’ worth of recipes from a variety of Conde Nast magazines in search of objectionable titles, ingredient lists and stories told through a white American lens.”


CNN: Targeting Big Tech, Maryland becomes first state to tax digital advertising. “Maryland became the first state in the country on Friday to impose a tax on digital advertising, as the state’s senate voted to override a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would impose up to a 10% levy on revenue from online ads shown in Maryland.”

ABC News (Australia): Australia says Google, Facebook close to media pay deals. “Google and Facebook were close to striking ‘significant commercial deals’ to pay Australian media for news ahead of Australia creating world-first laws that would force the digital giants to finance journalism, a minister said Monday.”


The Register: Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan . “AI researchers have attempted to reconstruct scenes from Doctor Who by using machine-learning algorithms to convert brain scans into images. The wacky experiment is described in a paper released via bioRxiv. A bloke laid inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, with his head clamped in place, and was asked to watch 30 episodes of the BBC’s smash-hit family sci-fi show while the equipment scanned his brain. These scans were then passed to a neural network.”

BGR: This new app lets you create photorealistic fake people – and it’s mind-blowing. “Epic Games earlier today announced a new browser-based tool that lets users create photorealistic characters and, not surprisingly, the end result is quite impressive. Dubbed the MetaHuman Creator, the new tool is designed to make what would otherwise be a potentially costly and resource-intensive task accessible, quick, and straight-forward.” There’s a video embedded in the article that is absolutely wild.

Springer Link: How Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s Archives of Pharmacology deals with fraudulent papers from paper mills. “Fraudulent papers from paper mills are a serious threat to the entire scientific community. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s Archives of Pharmacology has become the target of a massive attack of fraudulent papers originating from paper mills. This editorial highlights 20 important features we observed with paper mills and explains how the journal is responding to this serious threat to restore the integrity of science. Hopefully, this editorial is also helpful for editors of other scientific journals.” Good morning, Internet…

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