Europe Air Pollution, BBC Archives, Food Waste, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 17, 2021


European Environment Agency: New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live . “Air pollution is a serious problem in many European cities, posing a real risk to health. Today, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the European city air quality viewer. You can check how the air quality has been over the past two years in the city where you live and compare it with other cities across Europe.”

Radio Times: BBC reveals new archive that allows access to 200,000 programmes – and early editions of Radio Times. “Formerly known as BBC Genome, the BBC’s Programme Index now makes the broadcaster’s archive more accessible than ever, with viewers able to browse over 10 million listings, 200,000 playable programmes and even early editions of Radio Times magazine.”

USDA: Virtual USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair Available On-Demand. “In the United States, more than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste and when landfilled it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted our first ever USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. This free, virtual fair highlighted businesses that are creating or implementing state-of-the-art technical solutions to reduce food loss and waste throughout the food system – from farm to table – and highlighted USDA activities in this space.”

Weirton Daily Times: Weirton museum to unveil online WSX Bulletin archive. “As part of local observations of West Virginia Day, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will officially unveil the new online archive of the Weirton Steel Employees Bulletin. The unveiling will be held in-person and livestreamed on the museum’s Facebook page at 10:45 a.m., Saturday.”


Ausdroid: Google improves their online education tools for teaching kids to be safe online.. “Four years ago Google lunched ‘Be Internet Awesome’, an online training program designed to assist teachers and parents teach young children about safe internet behaviours. Today they have announced an expansion to the program introducing 11 new lesions and refinements to the original content.”

The Guardian: Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews. “Amazon has blamed social media companies for its failure to remove fake reviews from its website, arguing that ‘bad actors’ turn to social networks to buy and sell fake product reviews outside the reach of its own technology.”


The News Minute: Google Maps shows ‘underwater island’ in Arabian Sea near Kochi, experts to probe. “A bean shaped ‘island’ in the Arabian sea, a little distance away from the west coast of Kerala’s Kochi, seen on Google Maps satellite imagery, has perplexed many. The reason? Though the island-like formation seems to be about half the size of west Kochi or Pashchima Kochi, no ‘visible’ structure that is even remotely close to an island has been observed in the sea.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google to Open First Retail Store Steps Away From Apple in NYC. “The store, in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood, will open to the public Thursday, the Mountain View, California-based company said Wednesday in a blog post. The shop, which is a block away from rival Apple Inc.’s 14th Street store, occupies part of the first floor of Google’s New York offices.”


UK Government: Boost for open justice as court judgments get new home. “The website will host thousands of court judgments, saving time and money for lawyers, judges, academics, journalists, students and members of the public who require them for vital case preparation or research purposes. Judicial Review rulings, European case law, commercial judgments and many more cases of legal significance from the High Court, Upper Tier Tribunal, and the Court of Appeal will be readily available to anyone from April 2022.”

Reuters: Court Says Google Must Face Shareholder Lawsuit Over Hiding Security Risks . “A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit in which shareholders of Google parent Alphabet Inc. accused the company of fraudulently concealing security vulnerabilities, including in its Google+ social network.” Good evening, Internet…

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