Teaching Early Math, Private Language Translator, WWI Records, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2021


New-to-me, from University of Illinois: UIC websites offer early science and math resources for teachers of young children. “The Early Math Counts website, which began in 2012 with grants from the CME Group Foundation, is a suite of free-access online resources focusing on early math for child care teachers. The site is frequented by thousands of monthly users.”

BetaNews: Startpage launches its privacy-centric Google Translate alternative, Private Language Translator . “Private Language Translator serves as a direct competitor to Google Translate, making it easy to translate between over one hundred languages. Whether you’re looking to translate a single word, or an entire sentence, the translation tool can automatically detect 109 languages, but it is also possible to manually select one if you prefer.” Note that the tool only translates text strings – it does not yet translate entire pages.


Fold3: New World War I Records Added!. “We’ve added a new collection of WWI records to our archives! The U.S. WWI Burial Cards document the death and burial of over 78,000 American soldiers in WWI.”

9to5 Google: Olympic athletes in 3D are the latest AR objects available in Google Search; here’s who you can see.”Following an announcement at Google I/O earlier this year, the collection of 3D objects available in Search is expanding. Available now, a bunch of athletes from the Olympics can now be viewed in 3D through Search, and Google is even advertising them in Discover.”


CNET: Uber will offer free Rosetta Stone to ride-hail and delivery drivers . “The drivers will have free access to all 24 languages Rosetta Stone offers, directly from the Uber Driver app. The partnership will be available to drivers and delivery people who have achieved gold, platinum or diamond status through the Uber Pro program in more than three dozen countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, the UK and US. Uber also worked with Rosetta Stone to develop some language education focused on interactions drivers often have with their riders.”


Wall Street Journal: Senate Bill Aims to Create National Database of Restrictive Property Covenants . “The bill would allocate $50 million over 10 years to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which would provide grants of varying sizes to virtually any kind of higher-learning institution that committed to join with a local jurisdiction to analyze local property records from 1850 to 1988 for the purpose of identifying restrictive language in and digitize historic deeds and other property records. Institutions could use the grants for an array of purposes, including the procurement or development of digital tools to identify racial covenants in digitized property deeds or other records, according to a draft of the bill text viewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

ERR (Estonia): Hacker downloads close to 300,000 personal ID photos. “A hacker was able to obtain over 280,000 personal identity photos following an attack on the state information system last Friday. The suspect is reportedly a resident of Tallinn.”


Slashgear: BeachBot uses AI to rid beaches of cigarette butts. “BeachBot inventors Edwin Bos and Martijn Lukaart of TechTics got fed up with the worrying number of cigarette butts on Scheveningen Beach in Holland. The solution? Create a robot that looks like a moon rover and give it arms to pick up those nasty butts. The result is BeachBot or BB, an adorable contraption with balloon tires and a green attitude.” Good evening, Internet…

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