North Carolina Hard Cider, NHS Waiting Times, Pennsylvania Flood Risk, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 8, 2021


WMYA: In search of hard cider? New NC Cider Trail website, map has you covered. “The website features an interactive map that allows visitors to type in their location anywhere in N.C. and immediately view which cideries are nearby. Also on the website, guests can find information specific to each cidery, including details like food menus, pet friendliness, tours and even live music.”

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times. “A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital. The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics.”

FEMA: Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk. “The PA Flood Risk Tool is designed to provide floodplain managers, insurance agents, developers, real estate agents, local planners and citizens with a clear picture of flood risk for a specific area or property.”

Deccan Herald: Flim: A bot that can guess the exact movie you are thinking of.”Within a year, it already has the world’s largest database of film-related images. Flim’s unique algorithm scans through more than three lakh high-definition images from movies, documentaries, anime, advertising and music videos. Its bot doesn’t just detect broader aspects like colour palette, genre and aspect ratio, but also identify details like dog-walkers, ham sandwiches, red-lipped Asian women, animated metropolises and any other clue.” Three lakh is 300,000. I suspect it’s going to take a lot of experimenting to get a grip on this search engine.

Indiana Humanities: Unearthed: Why We Chose This Theme. “Unearthed is a new three-year theme developed by Indiana Humanities that encourages Hoosiers to discover and discuss their relationships with the natural world. Through engaging speakers, a statewide read, a tour of the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit, Campfires treks, a film series, a podcast and more, Hoosiers will explore how we shape the environment and how the environment shapes us.”


The Advocate: Southern University’s library tells more stories of former slaves as it expands online archives. “The John B. Cade Library at Southern University recently expanded its online archive of slave stories, accounts told by former slaves who were interviewed in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The stories further a collection that had been compiled by the library’s namesake, who began collecting them even before serving as a dean at Southern from 1939-61.”


IANS: Srirangam Vishnu temple’s palm leaf manuscripts to be digitized. “There are six sets of palm leaves kept at the Sri Ranganathananda Swami temple museum at Srirangam for public view. The Hindu Religious and Charitable endowment (HR&CE) department officials have commenced filming the palm manuscripts at the temple museum.”

Voice of America: US-Based Non-Profit Group Reunites Ethiopian Families Separated by Adoption. “Helped by an adoptive mom with strong tech skills, [Andrea] Kelley invested countless hours and $3,000 to launch BF-EAC [Beteseb Felega-Ethiopian Adoption Connection] in 2014. Since then, the organization – registered with the Ethiopian government as a nonprofit – has reconnected more than 200 adoptees with their Ethiopian relatives. More than 1,000 other cases remain active in the registry, with adoptees or their birth relatives seeking connections.”


Engadget: Over 10,000 women are suing Google over gender pay disparity. “Four women who worked at Google have won class-action status to proceed with their gender pay disparity lawsuit, reports Bloomberg. The latest ruling in the protracted legal battle means the suit can now apply to 10,800 women who held various positions at the tech giant since 2013. Those affected represent a broad cross-section of vocations including engineers, program managers, salespeople and at least one preschool teacher.”

Business Insider: ‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private. “Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew just how difficult the company had made it for smartphone users to keep their location data private. Google continued collecting location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings harder to find, and even pressured LG and other phone makers into hiding settings precisely because users liked them, according to the documents.” Good evening, Internet…

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