Southern Appalachia Culture, Web Radio Stations, TikTok, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2021


DigitalNC: 87 films from Mars Hill University’s collection now on DigitalNC. “87 films have been digitized out of Mars Hill University‘s Southern Appalachian Archives and are now widely accessible on DigitalNC. The films primarily are of the Byard Ray Folk Festival and Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, which is still held annually today in Mars Hill.”


Make Tech Easier: 7 Useful Web Radio Stations for Music Listening. “With the multitude of online radio stations available, sifting through them all to find the right ones for you can be a challenge. Even as the likes of Spotify and Apple Music are growing more dominant in the music space, there is something about the human element of radio that remains pure. You know the familiar radio station jokes, pranks, calls, surprises and all of the random stuff that can happen when you tune in. Let’s take a look at some of the most useful web radio stations for listening to music online.”


Tubefilter: TikTok Removed Nearly 350,000 Videos For Violating Election Policies. “TikTok removed nearly 350,000 videos for violating its rules against election msinformation, disinformation, and manipulated media in the latter half of 2020, the platform revealed in its third transparency report. A further 441,028 videos were restricted from appearing in users’ For You feeds because they were flagged by fact-checkers, TikTok said.”

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – scientific research: The New Zealand National Archives digitizes its first UAP file. “In December 2010, the New Zealand Defence Force released a number of its UAP files. This was only possible through the tireless work of Suzanne Hansen, the Director of New Zealand’s ‘UFO Focus New Zealand Research Network.’ These files were available to view in hard copy format only. Digitised copies then became available online via a news outlet. They were not digitally available through the website of Archives New Zealand. Yesterday, I thought I would take another look at Archives New Zealand and see what UAP files they have currently listed.”


Reuters: U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to ‘questionable’ social media activity. “The U.S. securities regulator on Friday suspended trading in the securities of 15 companies because of ‘questionable trading and social media activity,’ the latest in a string of temporary trading halts amid volatile trading in so-called ‘meme stocks.'”

CNET: Facebook privacy lawsuit over facial recognition leads to $650M settlement. “A judge has OK’d what he calls one of the largest-ever settlements of a privacy lawsuit, giving a thumbs-up Friday to Facebook paying $650 million to users who alleged the company created and stored scans of their faces without permission.”


Phys .org: New dataset opens Estonian soil information for versatile use. “A comprehensive database of Estonian soils and a map application has been completed in cooperation with researchers of the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences. The database makes Estonian soil information easily accessible and can be used from local farm-scale to national-level big data statistical analysis and machine-learning models.”

ZDNet: We will spend 420 million years on social media in 2021. “4.2 billion of the world’s population are now active on social media — an increase of 490 million (13.2%) compared to January 2020. In the US 72.3% of the total population, and 79% of Northern Europe uses some form of social media. Yet again, Facebook utterly dominates the list of most-used social platforms with 2.74 billion users, closely followed by YouTube at 2.291 billion. No wonder social media users will spend a combined total of 420 million years using social media in 2021.”

Becker’s Hospital IT: Google, Ascension continue EHR collaboration by launching new search tool. “In 2018, Google and Ascension collaborated to create an accessible and searchable interface that shows clinicians a complete clinical history for each patient. Recognizing that EHR systems often organize clinical information in fragmented ways, the collaboration seeks to present information in a more comprehensive and contextualized manner. Google and Ascension are now piloting an approach that will organize patients’ diagnoses, laboratory tests, medications, treatments and progress notes so that our clinicians can quickly locate relevant information when they need it.”


Mashable: NASA’s Perseverance has a little ‘family portrait’ Easter egg. “The Perseverance rover made its monumental landing on Mars on Feb. 18 and it has already sent thousands of raw images back to Earth. Hidden in photos of the rover itself is a ‘bumper sticker’ with icons of NASA’s previous Mars rover missions, Space pointed out.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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