Native American Photography, Rotating Machinery, Donald Rumsfeld, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 8, 2021


Launched late last year and new-to-me, from NPR: The 400 Years Project Looks At Native American Identity Through The Native Lens . “‘The Mayflower and its aftermath has become the first and most culturally iconic story told to many young Americans about the country’s founding and initial relationships with Native people,’ says photographer Sarah Stacke. ‘But the stories they’re told of a golden age of friendship, new beginnings, and untouched wilderness, is a myth.’ Correcting those myths and looking at the evolution of Native American identity over the last 400 years is the mission of The 400 Years Project, a pictorial collection of Native American life. It includes original photo essays, text essays and a digital library of Native photographers from the mid-1800s to the present.”

Gas Compression Magazine: Illustrated Online Database Of Rotating Machinery Terms. “More than 2500 words and 200+ illustrations make [Kane’s Rotating Machinery Dictionary] one of the most comprehensive digital resources for students and experts alike to gain a better understanding of the products, practices, and technologies utilized in the rotating machinery industry.” Free to access, surprisingly.

Unredacted: New Digital National Security Archive Collection Features Thousands of Declassified Memos from Donald Rumsfeld’s Last Two Years in Office. “The National Security Archive, along with our scholarly partners at ProQuest, is publishing the second installment of Donald Rumsfeld’s ‘Snowflakes.’ The 24,473-page set, Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflakes, Part II: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2004-2006, features 3,994 memos authored by the Secretary of Defense during his last two years in office.” Now this one? Not free.


Engadget: FaceTime is coming to PC and Android via a web app. “When iOS 15 arrives later this year, it will come with some significant upgrades to FaceTime. Apple’s Craig Federighi previewed those changes during WWDC 2021. One of the biggest tweaks is that Facetime will work with Android and Windows 10 PCs thanks to new shareable links Apple will let you send to your friends and family.”


Rappler: Anti-vaxxers make up to $1.1 billion for social media companies. “The global anti-vaccination industry, including influencers and followers, generates up to $1.1 billion in annual revenue for social media giants, according to a damning new report published this week. Anti-vaccine content creates a vast amount of engagement for leading technology platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, with an estimated total social media audience of 62 million people. The arrangement works both ways, with the anti-vax industry earning up to $36million a year.”

University of Nottingham: Life and legacy of DH Lawrence captured online. “The collection includes original manuscripts and artworks, handwritten letters and postcards, photographs, newspaper cuttings, research papers and ephemera. The project will also see the creation of brand-new catalogues for previously unlisted sections of the collection, and an events programme centred around an exhibition at Lakeside Arts curated by the university’s world-renowned DH Lawrence expert, Dr Andrew Harrison.”


The Next Web: Have I Been Pwned goes open-source and teams up with the FBI on leaked passwords. “[Troy] Hunt, also Microsoft Regional Director for security, announced last night that he’s making the website open-sourced so others can contribute to the project and make it easier to find your compromised credentials. He had first announced his intention of making this project available to other services last August.”

New York Times: The Criminals Thought the Devices Were Secure. But the Seller Was the F.B.I.. “The devices, procured on the black market, performed only a single function hidden behind a calculator app: sending encrypted messages and photos. For years, organized crime figures around the globe relied on the devices to orchestrate international drug shipments, coordinate arms and explosives trafficking, and discuss contract killings, law enforcement officials said. Users trusted the devices’ security so much that they often laid out their plans not in code, but in plain language. Unbeknown to them, the entire network was run by the F.B.I.”


The Straits Times: Singapore researchers invent new AI tool that could speed up diagnosis of heart disease . “A new tool that could lead to faster diagnosis of heart disease has been invented by researchers in Singapore. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), it uses electrocardiograms (ECGs) and has an accuracy rate of 98.5 percent. ECGs measure the electrical activity of heartbeats to detect heart abnormalities.”

Washington Post: Will hiding likes on Instagram and Facebook improve users’ mental health? We asked experts.. “Facebook is touting its latest feature, which will allow Facebook and Instagram users to hide like counts on posts, as a move that aims to ‘depressurize’ people’s experiences on its platforms. The change comes amid ongoing concern about the potentially harmful mental health effects of social media. But although the action may be a positive step, many experts say, it isn’t likely to have much effect on the lower levels of psychological well-being seen in some users.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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