Mississippi Anti-Communism, Virginia Cannabis, CryptoArt, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2021


University of Southern Mississippi:
Online Exhibit Details Anti-Communism Efforts in State
. “‘Seeing Red: Anti-Communism Efforts in Mississippi, 1944-1968’ was organized by Jennifer Brannock, professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in University Libraries using items housed in Special Collections that feature various aspects of the anti-communism movement in the state.”

The Progress-Index: Questions about marijuana legalization in Virginia? State’s new cannabis website answers questions, sort of. “Marijuana legalization in Virginia begins July 1. To help Virginians understand what this means, the state launched a new cannabis website on Thursday with information, updates and answers to questions about the law, tweeted Governor Ralph Northam.”

Cointelegraph: CryptoArt Museum presents the results of the first art residence for crypto artists (PRESS RELEASE). “The non-profit organization CryptoArt Museum held its first art residence for artists working with nonfungible token technologies from May 10 to 28. An exhibition with the results of the project opened on May 29 and will be available online until June 15.”


Texas State Library and Archives Commission: New Online: Recent Updates to Finding Aids and Digital Images Available Online. “As our archives staff work on an ongoing basis to arrange, preserve, describe, and make available to the public the materials under our care, we spotlight new additions to the website in a regular feature from Out of the Stacks. The quarterly column lists new and revised finding aids recently made available online. We close out the piece highlighting fresh uploads to the Texas Digital Archive, our repository of electronic items.”

Spectrum News 1: New pilot records database published after push from Flight 3407 families. “For 12 years, the families of Flight 3407 have worked endlessly to keep us all safe while in the sky. This Friday, they are celebrating a major milestone. The pilot records database was officially published Thursday, which can provide air carriers with insight into a pilot’s flight history, including accidents and incidents reported on the job.”


ZDNet: This app teaches you how to make your iPhone secure. “First and foremost, iVerify is a security scanner that makes sure you are making use of the basic security features such as Face/Touch ID, Screen Lock, and are running the latest iOS version. It also runs a device scan that looks for security anomalies and gives you a heads up if something seems out of place.” Not free, but the price is only $2.99.

MakeUseOf: 5 Facebook Marketplace Scams and How to Avoid Them. “When used responsibly, Facebook Marketplace is an excellent resource for getting anything you need at an affordable price. Learning how to identify sketchy situations and suspicious items lets you take advantage of everything the platform has to offer while keeping yourself safe.”


Document Journal: Ekene Ijeoma reveals the revolutionary potential of data-based art. “Ijeoma’s past projects are united by a commitment to social justice, as well as a heavy reliance on data and qualitative research. For instance, Wage Islands is an interactive sculptural series which submerges a topographic map of New York City in a pool of black water—the map’s elevations are determined by the median monthly housing costs of any given location. Viewers are invited to select an hourly wage, and the water drains or rises, providing a black-and-white representation of the stark economic disparities among the city’s various neighborhoods.”


The Indian Express: War histories in 5 years, declassification. “Setting a clear timeline for compilation, publication, archiving and declassification of the histories of India’s wars and operations, the Ministry of Defence has come out with a new policy which stipulates that events must be officially recorded within five years.”

AP: Wray: FBI frowns on ransomware payments despite recent trend. “The FBI’s director told lawmakers Thursday that the bureau discourages ransomware payments to hacking groups even as major companies in the past month have participated in multimillion-dollar transactions aimed at getting their systems back online.”


EurekAlert: Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties. “Previous studies have shown that children with attention difficulties and/or ADHD solve cognitive tasks better when they are exposed to auditory white noise. However, this is the first time that such a link has been demonstrated between visual white noise and cognitive abilities such as memory, reading and non-word decoding in children with reading and writing difficulties.”

News-Medical: New open-source tool designed to predict drug overdose mortality in the U.S.. “For two decades, the number of Americans who die each year from drug overdoses has steadily risen, from less than 20,000 in 1999 to more than 80,000 in 2020. By studying patterns of these drug-related fatalities, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego State University (SDSU), and international collaborators have designed and validated a prediction model to signal counties at risk of future overdose death outbreaks. The goal of the open-source tool is to predict and prevent deaths through early deployment of public health resources.” Good morning, Internet…

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