Nutrition of Fish, Workplace Inequities, Snapchat, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, June 18, 2021


Phys .org: Fish nutrition database to help combat malnutrition across the globe. “Despite fish being an essential component in the diet of more than 3 billion people around the world, and an essential source of micronutrients for over a billion people in low-income countries, many of these populations lose their very nutritious fish through exports and foreign fishing and, in turn, import lower-quality fish and fish products, creating a net loss of essential nutrients. In fact, up to 70% of fish caught in the fishing zones along the coasts of African nations such as Namibia and Mauritania are exported or monopolized by wealthier foreign nations.”

NBC 5: Vermont group launches free tool aimed at rooting out workplace inequities. “Advocates for equity in the workplace launched a new online toolkit and resource manual that offer ways for employers to look at the pay they’re giving workers to see if men, women and people of color are on level playing fields professionally.”


CNET: Snapchat removes ‘speed filter’ amid safety concerns over reckless driving. “The app, introduced in 2013, has been linked to several deadly or near-fatal car accidents, many of which involved teens. The company has faced lawsuits from families of people who have been injured or killed in car accidents in which drivers were allegedly using the app and driving too fast to brag to friends.”

Neowin: Facebook is testing ads inside its Oculus Quest headset. “Facebook announced today that it is testing in-headset ads in its Oculus Quest virtual reality platform over the next few weeks. The company will kick off the test with Resolution Games’ Blaston along with other developers.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Decision ‘imminent’ on future of National Archives. “The federal government insists a decision on the future of the National Archives is imminent, but as the institution faces the prospect of important records being lost to degradation, one documentary maker has suggested they hand their audiovisual records to the National Film and Sound Archives.”


Screen Rant: How To Create A Group Fundraiser On Instagram. “Instagram has introduced the functionality for groups of users to run Group Fundraisers together on its platform. It was already possible for an individual to run a fundraising campaign on Instagram, but the new feature will make it easier for friends and family members to raise money for a cause.”


Chicago Crusader: Proposed ‘house museums’ continue to get momentum. “Museums have the power to share the history, lived experiences, culture, myths and voices of a community, era or people. With that in mind, many are keeping a watchful eye on proposed developments slated in the former Bronzeville homes of blues legend Muddy Waters and journalist Lu Palmer and his activist wife, Jorga.”

Iowa City Press-Citizen: ‘There’s some really interesting stories here:’ New archive chronicles Iowa’s LGBTQ community. “Aiden Bettine, a community and student life archivist in the University of Iowa’s Department of Special Collections and an oral historian with the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa, opened the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library in January in the basement of Iowa City’s Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque St. The project acts as a community resource, showcasing published texts alongside collected memories from older members of the community like [Craig] Esbeck.”


NBC News: 50,000 security disasters waiting to happen: The problem of America’s water supplies. “…of all the country’s critical infrastructure, water might be the most vulnerable to hackers: the hardest in which to guarantee everyone follows basic cybersecurity steps, and the easiest in which to cause major, real-world harm to large numbers of people.”

Mongabay: Unregulated by U.S. at home, Facebook boosts wildlife trafficking abroad. “In a matter of seconds, anyone can find evidence of wildlife trafficking on Facebook, according to independent researchers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) experts. Even using simple search terms returns thousands of posts that offer wildlife and body parts up for sale. Elephant ivory from Thailand, pangolin scales from Vietnam, and sun bears from Malaysia. Tigers, walrus, tortoises, rhinos, sea turtles and shark fins have all been found for sale on the world’s biggest social media platform, even though it says it has banned the trade on its site.”

The Asahi Shimbun: Apple, Google in government sights over antitrust issues. “Japan is moving to join global efforts to hold giant IT companies accountable for their dominance in key segments of the marketplace, specifically with regard to the use of operating software in smartphones. Google Inc. and Apple Inc. account for about 90 percent of all operating software installed on smartphones in Japan.”

The Tennessee Tribune: Google’s Gangland Lawyer Suit Appeal Fails in Australia. “A court has refused Google’s application for leave to appeal an AU$ 40,000 ($30369) defamation payout to a Victorian lawyer known for representing underworld crooks. George Defteros had clients including gangsters Alphonse Gangitano and Mario Condello and gangland identity Mick Gatto. He successfully sued Google, arguing its publication of a 2004 article about his arrest on conspiracy to murder charges – which were later dropped – defamed him.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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