Australia Shipwrecks, PhenCards, LGBTQ/BIPOC Mental Health, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2021


Rockhamption Regional Council: New exhibition uncovers Australia’s fascinating shipwreck history. “Australia’s coast is the final resting place of over 11,000 shipwrecks – roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline, and Queensland’s Sovereign and Foam, are two of 14 wrecks whose stories will feature in the nationally touring panel exhibition…. Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks is on a two year national tour across regional Australia. All 68 submitted shipwreck stories are available now on the AMMC website in a digital archive.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: CHOP Researchers Create Search Engine Linking Diseases and Observable Traits . “A patient comes to a doctor with a constellation of symptoms and physical traits that, at a first glance, do not lead to an obvious diagnosis. Perhaps the patient has facial abnormalities and cardiac symptoms, as well as other issues with the skeleton and joints. The provider suspects these symptoms relate to a disease that is due to an underlying genetic mutation but is unsure where to look. Enter PhenCards, a new data resource and search engine created by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) that links existing biomedical knowledge with observable human traits, also known as phenotypes.”

Los Angeles Times: The photographer who built a mental health community on IG has a healing regimen for you. “Featuring tips and suggestions for therapy, herbalism, food, yoga and more, Solace is ‘an ever-evolving library of resources for mental health support, healing, and wellness with a focus on BIPOC & LGBTQ communities.'”


PC Gamer: The latest Google Doodle is a stylish jazz swing rhythm game. “I’m a bit of a rhythm game fanatic, always looking to sink my teeth into a new musical experience. So imagine my surprise when I saw that the latest Google Doodle was, in fact, a rhythm game. The doodle celebrates swing music and the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, an iconic venue during the swing era and one of the first public spaces in the United States to be racially inclusive with a no-discrimination policy.”


In honor of Super Moons, from Skies & Scopes: Best Astrophotography Apps (for brilliant night sky photography). “Having the best astrophotography apps on your smartphone or tablet can be a fantastic and inexpensive shortcut towards nailing a great shot of the night sky. The difference between taking a great astronomy photograph or not can often be external factors, such as finding the right location, waiting for optimal conditions, and timing it right. There are some great free (or cheap) apps available that can help your astrophotography.”

CNET: How to take your best ever photos with your iPhone or Android phone. “Regardless of the phone you have, CNET has been busy testing every feature of today’s phone cameras, and we’ve put together a whole range of how-to guides and tutorials that will take you through everything you need to start taking incredible images using just your phone.” A huge roundup of useful photography tutorials.


ITWeb: Google vows to combat data manipulation during SA elections. “Google has vowed to Parliament that it will protect the integrity of SA’s upcoming elections, saying it will not allow any manipulative agenda on its platforms. Google along with tech firms Twitter and Facebook were invited by the South African Parliament’s Committee of Communications and Digital Technologies yesterday to respond to questions about misinformation on their platforms.

New York Times: ‘Social Media Is the Mass Protest’: Solidarity With Palestinians Grows Online. “As Israeli airstrikes pummel Gaza, the reaction from Arab capitals has been muted and protests scattered. But the voices on social media have been loud and clear.”


NBC News: Russia, Iran were top two sources of disinfo on Facebook targeting U.S. during Trump admin, says report. “Russia and Iran were the leading purveyors of disinformation on Facebook over the past four years, and the American public was the top target, according to a new report by Facebook summing up the social media network’s efforts to purge itself of propaganda.”

Pulse: S. Korea to build national bio big data library by 2028. “South Korea will spend some 1 trillion won ($891 million) for six years from 2023 on collecting health-related big data from patients by disease and volunteers and establishing a national digital library on health data by 2028. Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said Wednesday the government will establish the so-called Bio Data Dam by 2028 by collecting biohealth information from 1 million people, including some 400,000 patients.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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