East Coast Whale Sighting, Rainforest Recordings, Wisconsin Agritourism, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 26, 2021


Maine Public Radio: In Fight Over Right Whales And Lobster Fishery, All Sides Want To Know More About Whale Activity Off Maine. “Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration created a new website that maps almost two decades of work to detect whales off the east coast, via ‘passive acoustic’ recorders set on buoys, on submerged platforms, and on underwater gliders that can zig and zag around the Gulf of Maine for months at a time.”

National Geographic: You can now hear rainforest sounds worldwide—here’s why that matters. “Gorillas beating their chests, chimpanzees pant-hooting, elephants rumbling—and poachers firing assault rifles—these are some of the more than a million hours of sounds recorded by a grid of 50 microphones in the Congolese rainforest since 2017. The massive acoustic monitoring effort covers about 480 square miles in the Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park—an area about the size of Los Angeles. It’s part of Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project, established in 1999 to detect communication among forest elephants and pinpoint poaching activity.”

We Are Green Bay: New website connects people with Agricultural Tourism destinations in Wisconsin . “There is a newly redesigned website to help people connect with agricultural tourism options in our state. The Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association helps visitors to the state find opportunities for visiting and touring local farms, as well as other activities like corn mazes, fairs and local vineyard experiences.”


The Guardian: From the ashes: historical botanic photos destroyed in Cape Town fire resurrected. “Luckily, after joining the university in 2000, [Professor Timm] Hoffman invested in the digitisation of the photographic archive. Although he is yet to muster the courage to go through the digital databases – ‘I’m still grieving,’ he says – he estimates that 30,000 images have been digitised and that he has at least one image for 90% of his most important sites. But only 10% of another collection of 35,000 slides had been digitised. ‘If we’d invested in bigger, faster scanners we could have finished by now,’ he laments. ‘But I’m also very proud that we digitised at all. Not many ecologists are focused on digital archives. No one else has a collection like this in Africa.'”

Search Engine Journal: Google Rolls Out New Spam Algorithm Update. “Google’s Danny Sullivan confirms an algorithm update targeted at fighting spam is rolling out to search results. The rollout of the update will conclude today, June 23, 2021. A second spam update will follow next week.”


Tom’s Guide: Milkshake website builder: How to use this new service. “For Instagram-first businesses, website builders don’t come much better than Milkshake. This free Android and iOS app is designed to help you maximize your one Instagram bio link, providing more detailed information than services like Linktree. It’s easy to use and requires zero knowledge of coding. In fact, you can make your first website in a few clicks—Milkshake’s website claims that it takes only minutes to get your new site online.”


Aussie Theatre: Australia and UK announce largest cultural exchange between the two nations. “A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations. Launching in both countries in September 2021, The Season will strengthen and build cultural connections and will include a diverse programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.”

NBC News: ‘Give credit where it’s due’: TikToker speaks out about Black creator strike. “The strike is part of an ongoing issue on the platform in which white and non-Black creators use choreography created by Black content creators without crediting the person who came up with the dance moves. Dances have the ability to rocket both songs and creators to viral status. Ultra-famous TikTokers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae are often cited as two examples of white stars making it big off of Black creators’ choreography.”


The Daily Swig: West Virginia job seekers alerted to gov’t employment agency data breach. “WorkForce West Virginia has revealed that its Mid Atlantic Career Consortium Employment Services (MACC) database was breached earlier this year, but says it has now been secured. The state government agency oversees West Virginia’s unemployment insurance program, as well as operating a workforce development services including the MACC job seekers’ database – the largest online database of job seekers and job openings in the state, it says.”

The Record: Hacker wipes database of NewsBlur RSS reader. “A hacker has wiped the database of NewsBlur, a popular web-based RSS reader, and demanded a ransom payment from the company in exchange for access to its original data. The incident, which took place earlier today, has already been resolved after the NewsBlur staff restored to a previous backup they had on hand by chance.”

Court News Ohio (which for some reason doesn’t have a encrypted connection, so you might get a warning): New Platform Provides Path to Accessible Sentencing Data. “The Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission unveiled a new website to help courts implement a uniform sentencing entry system, which will lead to the development of a statewide criminal sentencing database. It will be called the Ohio Sentencing Data Platform, or OSDP.”


EurekAlert: Collection of starshade research helps advance exoplanet imaging by space telescopes. “- The open access Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) has published a special section on the latest science, engineering, research, and programmatic advances of starshades, the starlight-suppression technology integral to extra-solar and exoplanet detection.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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