Preserving Food, Community Fridges, North Carolina Black History, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 17, 2021


Morning AgClips: Preserving the Harvest with FCHS. FCHS refers to Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension’s Department of Family and Community Health Sciences. “The website provides free access to a bounty of preservation resources including techniques such as freezing, dehydrating, and canning in glass jars. Users will also be able to find reliable recordings, classes, links, and tested recipes for some of their favorite produce.”

New-to-me, from Food & Wine: F&W Game Changers: Fridges for All. “Unlike food pantries or other forms of food assistance, community fridges don’t attract large crowds or require interpersonal contact, making them particularly COVID-friendly. Masked volunteers fill the fridges with groceries purchased thanks to donations, often through Venmo or Cash App, and community members can add food to the fridges, too. While the concept has existed for years, the coronavirus pandemic has spurred a surge in community-generated support; fridges have become vital sources of fresh, easily accessible foods in Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Chicago, and more cities around the country.”

Chowan Herald: African American Experience launches on Juneteenth. “A regional tourism initiative designed to connect people with Black heritage and historical sites will kick off Saturday. The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina highlights the contributions of African Americans while encouraging a better understanding of the region’s cultural heritage.” The site includes a “digital heritage trail” of the historical sites.

The Verge: New website tracks which colleges will use eproctoring software this fall. “The platforms — like ProctorU and Proctorio — often make use of students’ webcams to watch and record them as they work, using automated systems or live monitors to flag possible signs of cheating. The practice has sparked controversy in the US, with critics in both academia and government citing privacy concerns and the potential for such software to discriminate against marginalized students. Still, some colleges began using eproctoring last year to watch for dishonesty on take-home exams, after moving testing online due to COVID-19.”

Ecotextile News: GoBlu launches Kyna Intel free database. “Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has launched a new online database which aims to provide the fashion and textiles industry with information to drive sustainable decision-making. GoBlu developed the curated, searchable database, called Kyna Intel, as a free service to help industry stakeholders navigate the news to find accurate and up-to-date information.”


WBIW: IMDPLA schedules Hoosier State Chronicles webinar. “On Wednesday, July 7 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America Outreach Committee will present ‘History at Your Fingertips: A Guide to Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles.’ This webinar will be the first in a series of monthly discussions on a variety of topics related to digital collections work.”


The Hill: CNN to sell ‘Moments’ NFTs based on historic events recorded in digital archives. “CNN has started selling NFTs, or digital nonfungible tokens representing historical moments stored in its archives, although NFT purchasers will not own copyrights to the content or have any control over it.”


ZDNet: Over a billion records belonging to CVS Health exposed online. “On Thursday, WebsitePlanet, together with researcher Jeremiah Fowler, revealed the discovery of an online database belonging to CVS Health. The database was not password-protected and had no form of authentication in place to prevent unauthorized entry. Upon examination of the database, the team found over one billion records that were connected to the US healthcare and pharmaceutical giant, which owns brands including CVS Pharmacy and Aetna.”


EurekAlert: New Web Tool Fights Antibacterial Resistance. “In 1943, two scientists named Max Delbrück and Salvador Luria conducted an experiment to show that bacteria can mutate randomly, independent of external stimulus, such as an antibiotic that threatens a bacterial cells’ survival. Today the Luria-Delbrück experiment is widely used in laboratories for a different purpose–scientists use this classic experiment to determine microbial mutation rates. When performing the Luria-Delbrück experiment, scientists need efficient computer algorithms to extract reliable estimates of mutation rates from data, and they also need well-designed software tools to access these sophisticated algorithms.”

Michigan State University: MSU, Facebook develop research model to fight deepfakes. “Artificial intelligence experts from Michigan State University and Facebook partnered on a new reverse-engineering research method to detect and attribute deepfakes, which gives researchers and practitioners tools to better investigate incidents of coordinated disinformation using deepfakes as well as open new directions for future research.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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