Rhode Island Jobs, Fakey, University of Wisconsin-Madison Research, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 27, 2021


WPRI: On the Job: RI DLT creates new website to help job seekers find work. “Many Rhode Islanders are still out of work due to the pandemic and some are struggling to find employment. The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has launched a new website to connect Rhode Islanders with valuable resources to support their job search.”

EurekAlert: NYU Abu Dhabi researchers design simulator to help stop the spread of ‘fake news’. “To improve news literacy and reduce the spread of misinformation, NYUAD Center for Cybersecurity researcher and lead author Nicholas Micallef is part of a team that designed Fakey, a game that emulates a social media news feed and prompts players to use available signals to recognize and scrutinize suspicious content and focus on credible information. Players can share, like, or fact-check individual articles.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: New online tool creates a searchable database of UW–Madison research and scholarship . “Over the last three years, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have authored more than 21,400 articles, presented at nearly 1,500 conferences, earned almost 500 patents and generated nearly $2 billion in grant funding. These are among just some of the activities now captured in a new campus tool called Research at UW–Madison, a searchable website to identify research and research projects, foster research collaborations, and highlight the achievements of UW–Madison scholars.” Easy to explore. Loved the word clouds.


CNET: Spotify launches its podcast subscription platform to rival Apple. “Spotify on Tuesday launched a paid subscription platform for podcasters through its podcast company Anchor. The platform will allow creators to mark podcast episodes as subscriber-only and publish them on Spotify and other platforms. The launch comes after rival Apple earlier this month said it will add paid podcast subscriptions within its dedicated podcast app.”


Science Focus: How to see the Pink supermoon 2021 tonight.”Missed last night’s Pink supermoon? Good news: the April full Moon, the fourth of 2021, will also be visible this evening. And, just like last night, it will appear a massive 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent larger than some previous full Moons. So, why exactly does the supermoon seem so large? What’s the best way to photograph it? And will it actually look even slightly pink? All answers to these lunar inquiries (and more) are below.” I had no idea there were astronomy photography apps.

White House: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. “The President will address a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9pm EDT. The White House livestream will feature supplemental information from senior Administration officials as part of our enhanced viewing experience. The White House feed will include ASL interpretation for accessibility.”

Mashable: New AI-based game teaches families the basics of American Sign Language. “Singing along to the ABC’s is one of the first lessons we get as kids (whether or not you stick to the original or new-fangled version). For families with deaf and hard of hearing children, that lesson isn’t any less important, with visual languages replacing auditory stimulus as a crucial part of early development. Digital creative studio Hello Monday, in collaboration with the American Society for Deaf Children, wants to address this through its new online game.”


Washington Post: A recruiter joined Facebook to help it meet its diversity targets. He says its hiring practices hurt people of color.. “Rhett Lindsey was so eager to work at Facebook, he applied for a job there three times. When he finally got the offer to become a recruiter for highly paid engineers, he says, he jumped at the chance to help the social network push for greater employee diversity in its ranks. Eight months later, in August 2020, Lindsey attended a virtual meeting to discuss the company’s goal of hiring more Black engineers. In the meeting, a White manager played a Drake song in the background whose chorus repeats the phrase ‘Where the [n-word]s be at?’ five times, according to videos of the incident reviewed by The Washington Post.”


NREL: Offshore Wind Data Release Propels Wind Prospecting. “At first glance, today’s atmospheric scientists and mining prospectors of the past seem quite different. Look closer and you will find some striking similarities. Notably, a willingness to sift through volumes of information to dig up resource nuggets worth their weight in gold. Unlike the past, however, today’s wind resource prospectors share their findings with the world. Using state-of-the-art modeling tools and sophisticated resource assessment technologies, the Wind Resource Characterization team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) makes available new offshore wind data sets.”

PsyPost: Five minutes of exposure to fake news can unconsciously alter a person’s behavior, study finds. “A study published in Computers in Human Behavior suggests that brief exposure to online misinformation can unknowingly alter a person’s behavior. The experiment found that reading a fake news article slightly altered participants’ unconscious behavior, as evidenced by a change in their performances on a test called the Finger Tapping Test.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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