Washington Inequality, India Influencers, Firefox, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 1, 2021


KNDO: Interactive Map of Washington State Reveals Different Health Disparities Targeting Certain Groups. “The Washington State Department of Health created a new tool, an interactive map, showing a breakdown of different health issues like COVID-19 and pollution. Lower income areas and people of color communities were rated at higher risks for these health hazards.”

The Tech Panda: Platform launch: Qoruz launches India’s first comprehensive influencer search engine. “The search engine, termed Qoruz Search, gives access to India’s largest database of hundreds and thousands of influencers, including celebrities, macro, micro and nano influencers for free across Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. Advanced features like filters, detailed analytics, insights and campaign planning tools will be available for a small license fee.”


TechCrunch: Twitter to revamp user profiles with About tab, support for pronouns, ‘confirmed’ status and more. “Alongside news that Twitter is relaunching its account verification system to the public, the company previewed a slate of changes that will soon come to Twitter profiles. In addition to your name, photo, banner, bio and other features available today, the new Twitter profile will include an ‘About’ tab that appears to the left of the tabs for Tweets, Tweets & Replies, Media and Likes. This expansion will allow Twitter users to share more about themselves, including their pronouns, location, interests and more.”

Laptop: Mozilla Firefox gets a massive overhaul — and now I’m ditching Google Chrome. “With the latest redesign, Mozilla says it wants the browser to disappear in the background when you’re surfing the web. This is accomplished by overhauling Firefox for simplicity, so instead of trying to fit as many options as it can in each pixel of your screen, Mozilla now spaces out buttons, menus, and similar items so that they’re more approachable and easier to navigate.”


Lifehacker: How to Permanently Archive WhatsApp Conversations. “The latest WhatsApp beta on Android brings some major changes to the way the app’s chat archive system works. The ‘new archive,’ as the app calls it, does the same thing as the ‘old’ archive—house your archived messages—with one major exception: You can now permanently archive chats you want to ignore or remove from your inbox.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Google Docs Add-Ons to Improve Your Citation and Bibliography. “Referencing isn’t just for academic papers. You can use reliable primary sources to back up your blog posts on science. The tricky part is making sure your citations and bibliography are correct. Fortunately, Google Docs comes with add-ons that help you cite sources and compile them. Here are eight apps that save you time and help you avoid headaches. There are still steps to be taken, but they are easier and faster than they used to be.”


Dominion Energy: $500k Grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to Support Virginia HBCU Humanities Research. “Virginia Humanities announced a $500,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to help support research by Black and Indigenous scholars, and other scholars of color who are affiliated with Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including their alumni outside Virginia and at non-HBCU institutions.”

Harper’s Magazine: The Anxiety of Influencers. “Also known as content houses or TikTok mansions, collab houses are grotesquely lavish abodes where teens and early twentysomethings live and work together, trying to achieve viral fame on a variety of media platforms. Sometime last spring, when most of us were making bread or watching videos of singing Italians, the houses began to proliferate in impressive if not mind-boggling numbers, to the point where it became difficult for a casual observer even to keep track of them.”


AP: Hackers targeted SolarWinds earlier than previously known. “The hackers who carried out the massive SolarWinds intrusion were in the software company’s system as early as January 2019, months earlier than previously known, the company’s top official said Wednesday.”


Sanibel Captiva: Shell museum to present special photography exhibit. “The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum announced its new exhibition, titled ‘In Focus: Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells,’ will be on display May 29 through Nov. 28. Science Director and Curator Dr. José H. Leal has been leading a project for the museum to build a publicly accessible photo archive of its shell collection. The exhibition photographs were taken for the Digital Imaging Project, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.” I love that they took the photography process and turned it into an exhibit! Good evening, Internet…

Do you like ResearchBuzz? Does it help you out? Please consider supporting it on Patreon. Not interested in commitment? Perhaps you’d buy me an iced tea. I love your comments, I love your site suggestions, and I love you. Feel free to comment on the blog, or @ResearchBuzz on Twitter. Thanks!

Categories: afternoonbuzz

Leave a Reply