Grand Canyon Fossils, Pearl Jam Bootlegs, Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 9, 2021


National Park Service: Ground Sloths, Cheetahs and Mountain Goats—Oh My! Thousands of Grand Canyon fossils revealed in paleontological inventory. “The Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Paleontological Resource Inventory represents the largest park-specific fossil inventory in National Park Service history…. Thanks to the collective contributions of National Park Service staff, park partners and other paleontologists, this new paleontological inventory catalogues fossil specimens in the park’s museum collection and will contribute to new educational and interpretive efforts on Grand Canyon paleontology.”

Stereogum: Pearl Jam Release Massive Digital Archive Of Bootleg Live Recordings. “Pearl Jam have released a massive digital archive of bootleg live recordings, spanning nearly 5504 tracks from 186 live shows in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2013. In addition to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud, the recordings are also available on Deep, a newly launched live web hub accessible to to members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club fan club.”

Boulder City Review: Dam museum’s collection moves online. “The Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum is taking its archive collection to the next level of accessibility — online and searchable with the touch of a button.”

University of Arkansas: SameSport.Arkansas Launch & Panel: Sports as a Tool for Social Change. “SameSport-Arkansas is an inclusive two-sided community marketplace that makes it easier for people with disabilities to find accessible sports and activities in the area. A one-stop online database,, hosts a curated user-friendly database with search filters (sports, inclusivity, level, age, disability, availability online), and description of each location with photos, price and schedule.”

Herald Scotland: Scotland’s proud aviation heritage celebrated with new trail and website. “The Scottish Aviation & STEM Trail website launched today by the RAF in Scotland with collaboration from Scottish Regional Air Museums and the RAF Museum. The trail brings together the history of aviation in Scotland and promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities for all ages, using the past to inspire the next generation. There is also input from the likes of the Scottish University Air Squadrons, Air Cadets and the RAF Museum with the Scottish Regional Air Museums and aviation enthusiasts from around the country.”


Search Engine Journal: New Tool From Wix Helps Improve Website Accessibility. “The wizard identifies any issues and prompts the user to fix flagged problems with an easy-to-follow description within the wizard, usually by clicking a button, adjusting a slider, or adding alt text.”


MakeUseOf: How to Avoid Flashing and Strobing Lights on Android. “Flashing and strobing lights bother everyone, but for many, they’re dangerous as well as annoying. Too much of them can bring on headaches or migraines and even provoke seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. That’s why it’s best to avoid strobing and flashing lights. Here are some tips to avoid photosensitive triggers on your Android phone.”

CNET: Facebook can track your web activity. Here’s how to stop it. “Using Facebook’s business tools, you can see what information apps and websites have sent to Facebook. From there, you can clear the information from your account and turn off future ‘off-Facebook activity’ from your account. You’ll be able to control this for all apps and websites so they’ll no longer be able to share your search activity with Facebook.”


Stuff New Zealand: Google blocks ads for disability documentaries, labelling them ‘shocking content’. “An Auckland production company is calling on Google and YouTube to change their ad policies after adverts for documentaries about medical conditions and people with disabilities were blocked for breaching rules around ‘shocking content’.”

Qantara: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s monitoring of the digital realm. “Having taken control of the traditional media, Turkish President Erdogan is now extending his reach to the social networks. A new law has been passed to rein in major digital players Twitter and Google. But the government’s attempt to dominate public opinion is producing some bizarre outgrowths, reports Ronald Meinardus from Istanbul.”

University of California Berkeley: Blockeley’s back, with an 1893 campus and a Bancroft Library archive. “Now organized as a campus student organization called Blockeley, the students and alumni who last year painstakingly replicated more than 100 of Berkeley’s buildings and landmarks with a game many of them first played as tweens will hold a second annual Blockeley commencement in Minecraft at 10 a.m. on May 15…. Then, a new Minecraft server will welcome participants to explore Blockeley’s latest creation in the video game — Blockeley 1893, a replica of the university in the 1890s, during the Victorian era, when only about 15 brick and wood buildings and some 2,000 students dotted a much more apparent natural landscape, with uninterrupted views of the hills, Strawberry Canyon and the bay.”


Ars Technica: Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to. “In September 2015, Apple managers had a dilemma on their hands: should, or should they not notify 128 million iPhone users of what remains the worst mass iOS compromise on record? Ultimately, all evidence shows, they chose to keep quiet.” Good morning, Internet…

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