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New Zealand Well-Being, Environmental Racism, Healthcare Costs, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 27, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

Stats New Zealand: New tool for exploring wellbeing data. “New Zealanders can explore how wellbeing has changed over time in a new interactive tool, Stats NZ said today. The wellbeing time series explorer allows people to compare selected wellbeing data from the 2014, 2016, and 2018 general social surveys (GSS). It can be used to produce data tables and graphs to show GSS results for different demographic groups in New Zealand, as well as changes in wellbeing over time.”

KERA News: ‘Increasing Visibility Is A Must’: New Digital Archive Shows Dallas’ History Of Environmental Racism. “Story by story, Dallas residents can now scroll through the county’s long list of environmental injustice fights that dateback to the 1920s. The new digital tool, ‘Dallas Environmental Injustice Archive’ was developed by Paul Quinn College and the advocacy group Downwinders At Risk. It’s the first part of a year-long partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program designed to develop leaders around the word. The groups will record and share oral histories from Dallas residents who have been impacted by environmental injustices.”

PR Newswire: Clearity Health, A Crowdsourced Search Engine For Local Healthcare Prices, Launches And Calls For Medical Bills (PRESS RELEASE). “Clearity Health, a new organization created by successful local founders and medical doctors, launches today in Austin. Its namesake healthcare cost search engine will show users exactly what other patients with similar conditions have paid at local hospitals and medical offices, including information about what services may be required.” There’s a waiting list for what looks like a closed beta. Not clear if this is Austin-only, Texas-only, or nationwide.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Facebook, Instagram working on tools to help creators make money. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday the social network is working on new tools to help people who do creative work make more money, including a marketplace to match brands with creators. Zuckerberg also said the company was building online shops so creators can sell items directly on the social media platform and a way for them to get a cut of the sales of products they’re recommending.”

PC World: Microsoft yanks a Windows 10 update that was wreaking havoc with PC gamers . “If you’ve been suffering from gaming instability ever since Windows 10’s monthly update rolled out a couple weeks back, the pain should end soon. The Windows 10 KB5001330 update (along with the KB5000842 update for beta testers) caused stuttering, frame rate drops, and even the dreaded Blue Screen of Death for some PC gamers, which prompted Nvidia support to tell people to roll back the update. Now Microsoft has confirmed the issue, and a fix-that’s-not-really-a-fix is already rolling out.”

USEFUL STUFF

Mashable: What the hell is the Omegaverse, and why is it all over TikTok? “The phrase has been part of fanfiction communities for the better part of the last decade, but it gained mainstream traction on TikTok in the past month. The tag #Omegaverse has over 357 million views on TikTok, and corresponding keywords like alpha, omega, and beta have racked up views in the millions as well….With excruciating self-awareness, here is an explainer on the Omegaverse for a hapless millennial trying to understand yet another TikTok trend.” Lots of sexual content, though probably not in a way that will trip a Web filter. I found myself giggling a lot.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear. “From their home near Dallas, Hal and Ted Barker run the Korean War Project, a free-to-use online archive and database documenting those lost in Korea. The site represents more than four decades of research and effort to tell the stories of Korean War veterans such as their father. The Barkers and KWP volunteer researchers estimate there are some 2,000 name discrepancies in the DCAS list publicly available through NARA, they told Military Times.”

Times Now News: Man almost marries wrong woman after Google Maps leads him to wrong venue . “An Indonesian man almost married the wrong woman after Google Maps mislead him to the wrong location. There were two ceremonies – a wedding and an engagement – in the same village on Sunday which seems to have led to the confusion.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Facebook ran ads for a fake ‘Clubhouse for PC’ app planted with malware. “Cybercriminals have taken out a number of Facebook ads masquerading as a Clubhouse app for PC users in order to target unsuspecting victims with malware, TechCrunch has learned. TechCrunch was alerted … to Facebook ads tied to several Facebook pages impersonating Clubhouse, the drop-in audio chat app only available on iPhones. Clicking on the ad would open a fake Clubhouse website, including a mocked-up screenshot of what the non-existent PC app looks like, with a download link to the malicious app.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Claremont McKenna College: CMC awarded major grant for open-access book series. “The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Claremont McKenna College, under the direction of Prof. Albert L. Park, a $240,000 grant to launch an open-access book series on The Environments of East Asia with Cornell University Press. This is the first book series that integrates scholarship on East Asia with environmental studies ever published with an academic press.” Good evening, Internet…

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  1. I graduated from Pomona College – super proud of seeing CMC highlighted here! As a current library student, I’m delighted to see Prof Park prioritize open-access information.

    • That’s great! I’m always delighted when I find a University resource (or to-be resource) that’s open access. So many brilliant people out there!

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