Coral Restoration, Simone Biles, Google, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 3, 2021


Coral Restoration Foundation: CRF™ Launches A Revolutionary New Tool For The Coral Restoration Community. “Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF™) has published the world’s first integrated database for coral restoration and research data sets, solving several critical issues for restoration managers, practitioners, and researchers.”


Women Love Tech: Simone Biles Is The First Olympian With A Personal Emoji! . “The Olympics never disappoints when it comes to keeping us on the end of our seat. But this time, we’re not talking about what’s happening on the track, but off it. Simone Biles has made history by becoming the first Olympian to be given her own emoji.”

TechCrunch: Google gives the world its first official glimpse of the Pixel 6. “While the company isn’t revealing everything about it just yet, this morning Google gave the world its first official peek at its next flagship phone: the Pixel 6.”


New York Times: What You Can Do Today to Revitalize Your Productivity. “Whether you’ve been feeling less productive for a while or are just going through the common ‘afternoon slump,’ try using these prompts to give yourself a boost. For a full refresh, I highly recommend devoting an entire day to working through these steps, revamping your workspace and your work system.” Usually articles with titles like this are bromide-filled crapfests, let’s be real, but this is of a much higher caliber. Good suggestions.


Mashable: Want to learn and share more about local Black history? Start with Google Maps.. “April Hamm knows Google Maps is more than just a tool to navigate from point A to B. She’s harnessed the power of the app to teach people about Black history in her current city of New Orleans. Though she grew up in a small town in Georgia, Hamm spent a lot of time visiting New Orleans as a kid. Since 2017, Hamm’s been a Google Maps Local Guide for her adopted city.”

GQ: Gen Z Are “Puriteens,” But Not For The Reasons You Think. “While generalizing about tens of millions of people is always difficult, a series of studies in recent years have reported that teens since the tail end of the millennial generation trend towards being less sexually active; they launch their sex lives later and have fewer sex partners than earlier generations. Gen Zers themselves—defined as those currently aged between 6 and 24—are aware of how they’re perceived.”


NBC News: A D for NASA, a C for HUD: Senate report warns agencies unprepared for cyberattacks. “A number of federal agencies are woefully unprepared for cyberattacks, while others ‘have not met the basic cybersecurity standards necessary to protect America’s sensitive data,’ according to a report released Tuesday by the Senate committee overseeing homeland security.”

Bleeping Computer: BlackMatter ransomware gang rises from the ashes of DarkSide, REvil. “A new ransomware gang named BlackMatter is purchasing access to corporate networks while claiming to include the best features from the notorious and now-defunct REvil and DarkSide operations.”


The Conversation: Instagram’s privacy updates for kids are positive. But plans for an under-13s app means profits still take precedence. “Facebook recently announced significant changes to Instagram for users aged under 16. New accounts will be private by default, and advertisers will be limited in how they can reach young people. The new changes are long overdue and welcome. But Facebook’s commitment to childrens’ safety is still in question as it continues to develop a separate version of Instagram for kids aged under 13.”

CNET: Intel expands AI career education program to 18 community colleges. “The AI for Workforce Program offers students courses on data collection, computer vision, AI model training, coding, the societal impacts and ethics of AI technology. Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate or associate degree in artificial intelligence.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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