African Elephants, Science Twitter, Michigan Employment, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 5, 2021


New York Times: What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database?. “Over her career, Dr. [Joyce] Poole has spent tens of thousands of hours in the field, observing, tracking and analyzing wild elephants. Now, in a comprehensive project that fellow animal biologists describe as ‘an amazing achievement’ and ‘an immense treasure case,’ Dr. Poole and her husband, Petter Granli, have compiled the fruits of her fieldwork into a vast, publicly available database called the Elephant Ethogram: A Library of African Elephant Behavior.”

International Journalists’ Network: Journalists can combat scientific misinformation with Science Pulse tool. “A project of ICFJ Knight Fellow Sérgio Spagnuolo, Science Pulse aggregates English, Spanish and Portuguese social media posts from scientists, scientific organizations and other experts in its database. Rather than wade through Twitter and Facebook feeds, journalists can now use Science Pulse’s tools to stay on top of the latest research and other scientific news shared on social media.” ENGLISH READERS! When you go to the application page, look for the dropdown menu reading “Escolha o idioma dos tweets”. Choose Inglés and enjoy.

WXYZ: Michigan launches new tool to help employers fill open positions. “The state is launching a new ‘back to work’ effort to highlight programs and services to get employers to fill empty positions. The Michigan Department of Labor and Opportunity has a new website… which centralizes programs and services to help employers fill job openings.”


MissMalini: Instagram Announces Its Partnership With The Queer Muslim Project To Present The ‘Digital Pride Festival 2.0’. “We’ve watched the LGBTQIA+ community bloom slowly but wonderfully in the society and the month of June is to just celebrate each member of this community. Amidst all of this, popular social media giant, Instagram announced its partnership with The Queer Muslim Project for the second edition of the Digital Pride Festival. Not just that, it also announced a brand new Pride inspired sticker-pack, rainbow gradient hashtags and rainbow gradient story-ring. Here’s everything you need to know about this amazing digital festival, which you literally shouldn’t be missing out on!”


The Guardian: Microsoft blocks Bing from showing image results for Tiananmen ‘tank man’. “Microsoft has blamed human error after its search engine, Bing, blocked image and video results for the phrase ‘tank man’ – a reference to the iconic image of a lone protester facing down tanks during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square – on the 32nd anniversary of the military crackdown.”

High Snobiety: Seriously, Who’s Going To Buy The Van Gogh Museum’s Perfume?. “It’s one thing to merchandise artists into mousepads and digital collectibles. It’s another matter entirely to translate 2D artworks into IRL smells. That’s exactly what the Van Gogh Museum proposes, however, with a forthcoming collection of themed fragrances cooked up by British brand Floral Street. It’s far from the institution’s first off-kilter collab, but it’s a truly bizarre one, proposing scents inspired by an unnamed selection of Van Gogh paintings.”

Terrapin Tales: “Beyond the Performative”: Social Justice and Archives, Part 2. “In our post “Challenging the Status Quo”: Social Justice and Archives we explored the role of libraries and archives in working toward social justice and asked three University of Maryland Libraries and SCUA staff members to reflect on what social justice means to them. We’re continuing this series by exploring the perspectives of three more staff members! We asked these questions: 1) what do you do and what are some of your daily responsibilities? and 2) in your position, what does social justice in the archive or library mean to you?”


CNN: Supreme Court sides with police officer who improperly searched license plate database. “The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the scope of a federal cybercrime law, holding that a policeman who improperly accessed a license plate database could not be charged under the law.”

Farmers Weekly: Thieves monitoring social media to target farm machinery. “Criminal gangs are monitoring social media posts by farmers to create ‘shopping lists’ of tractors and quad bikes they then steal from farms. Thieves are using the social media profiles to pinpoint farms where desirable machinery is kept before carrying out raids. Offenders are also joining or ‘liking’ farming Facebook pages, including community groups, rural watch groups, and police liaison groups to stay one step ahead of farmers trying to prevent criminal activity.”

Washington Post: Nigeria suspends Twitter after the social media platform freezes president’s account. “Nigeria has indefinitely suspended Twitter two days after the social media giant temporarily froze the account of the nation’s president, sparking a torrent of Internet outrage in Africa’s most populous country. The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, made the surprise announcement Friday in the capital Abuja, citing vague safety concerns.”


From April but too cool to leave out. National Shell Museum: OctoCam Goes Live!. “Our OctoCam livestream enables you to view our Giant Pacific Octopus swimming, eating, and playing in its aquarium in real-time.”

UChicago News: How memorable is your photo? A new tool will give you a score. “Why are some photographs remembered and recognized, while others are quickly forgotten? University of Chicago researchers are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to search for an answer—and have developed a free tool that can predict how likely you are to remember a photo.” Good morning, Internet…

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