Whale Evolution, Microsoft Paint, Verizon Hotspots, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 9, 2021


University of Michigan: New 3D exhibit by U-M Museum of Natural History offers up-close encounters with prehistoric whales. “‘Whale Evolution: From Land to Sea’ is an immersive exploration into the unusual evolution and adaptation of whales, whose ancient ancestors walked on land.”


BetaNews: Paint will soon be available to download from the Microsoft Store. “Four years ago, Microsoft announced plans to kill off Paint, a fixture of Windows since the operating system’s first release back in 1985. There was a huge outcry at the news and Microsoft eventually backtracked, stating its simple graphics program would live on, but in the Microsoft Store.”

TechXplore: Verizon recalls mobile hotspots sold to schools, in stores (Update). “Verizon is recalling 2.5 million mobile hotspots after some reports of overheating and two reports of minor burns. The 4G hotspots were used by schools and sold by stores. They are called Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots and were imported by Franklin Wireless in San Diego. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that the lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.”


Make Tech Easier: 12 Useful Bots to Get the Most Out of Telegram. “Telegram is one of the most popular instant messaging apps for a reason. It offers quite a few useful features, such as messages that can self-destruct, enormous group sizes of up to 200,000 members, and fantastic stickers. Added to that, Telegram also supports bots that can access all sorts of information and tools. The number of bots is quite extensive. Here are some of the most useful Telegram bots you should use.”


Museums Association (UK): Collections Trust announces plans for improved national museums database. “The Collections Trust is to retire Culture Grid this autumn as part of a move to develop a new and more sustainable national collections database. Created more than a decade ago, Culture Grid was built as a proof-of-concept service assisting organisations in sharing their collections safely online. By 2015, however, project funding was pulled, and Culture Grid became a legacy system closed to new accessions.” You can learn more about Culture Grid here.

EurekAlert: $1.4 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant expands research. “The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.4 million to Michigan State University for Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade, or, a first-of-its-kind database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants., developed and maintained by MSU researchers, links data collections from multiple universities, archives, museums and family history centers.”

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures: NALAC and Ford Foundation Launch “Reclaiming the Border Narrative”. “In partnership with the Ford Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures announces the award of 27 grants to artists, cultural workers and organizations whose work will change narratives and amplify stories in collaboration with their respective communities across the US – Mexico border region.”


CNET: Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan is already getting pushback. “President Joe Biden wants to spend $100 billion to connect every American to affordable high-speed internet. It’s a lofty goal that’s hard to dispute, right? Lobbying groups representing cable and telecom companies that deliver those services, however, are worried Biden’s hefty spending plan will leave them out of the running for government grants and subsidies that could be used to offset the cost of building new infrastructure.”

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups. “The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.”


The Shields Gazette: South Shields ship experts begin mammoth 3D-modelling project they admit may never be complete. “Since the late 1990s, South Shields Marine School has been one of only two UK centres – and the only teaching college – to create advanced graphics of ships and port and marine landscapes…. In that time, the marine school’s 3D-modelling team has made digital models of around 200 vessels and 120 ports or sea areas.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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