New Jersey Tornadoes, Cork Heritage Open Day, North Carolina Newspapers, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2021


New Jersey 101.5: Has a tornado ever hit your town? New tool maps 70+ years of NJ twisters. “…between 1950 and July 2021, there have been at least 182 confirmed tornado touchdowns in the state. That equates to an average of 2.45 per year….In a stroke of perfect timing, the NJ State Climate Office at Rutgers University just released a new interactive web tool that maps and charts all 182 of those NJ tornadoes.”


CorkBeo: Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces. “Cork Heritage Open Day is a virtual experience this year – but you can still get a sneak peek inside some of the most unusual, unique and usually hidden spaces and places on Leeside. On Saturday, August 14th, the virtual doors will swing open to 45 historic buildings across our city. The festival organisers have recorded three-minute guided tours of over 45 buildings in Cork which the public can watch online… The videos feature wonderful archival footage of Cork and all are subtitled.”


DigitalNC: Issues of The Carolinian, 1988 – 1992, Now Available on DigitalNC. “DigitalNC now has new issues of The Carolinian from 1988 to 1992. The Raleigh, NC based newspaper was a popular source of information for the African American Community in the RDU area. Each Monday and Thursday, The Carolinian informed the African American community of issues and news that affected their daily lives.”


Lawrence Journal-World: With map once lost for decades and survey equipment, project hopes to locate hundreds of unmarked graves in potter’s field. “Pete Vinegar, Isaac King and George Robertson, all of whom were Black, were lynched by a mob at the Kansas River bridge near downtown Lawrence on June 10, 1882, and later buried in the potter’s field. The rediscovery of a map that had been lost for decades and modern surveying technology could soon help find the three men’s graves, as well as the unmarked graves of the roughly 400 other people also buried there.”

New York Times: The Olympics Are All Fun, No Games on TikTok. “When they’re not competing, the athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo have been quite candid on social media. Posts from the last two weeks, many of them on TikTok, show this year’s Olympians flirting, knitting, dancing, answering personal questions — and, of course, making sex jokes. Here’s just a sampling of what’s been happening in their downtime, as seen on the smallest of screens.”

Boing Boing: The Vagina Museum needs a new home. “At first, the museum did mostly pop-up events at places Green Man Festival to the Royal Institution to the Feminist Library to the Freud Museum, with exhibits that focused on things like the history of menstruation. In 2019, the Vagina Museum found a permanent home in Camden Market, and soon became a celebrated destination. But, like a lot of things, COVID-19 threw that for a loop.”


Mashable: Apple AirTags used to show possessions of unhoused people taken to dump . “Ethically, the power to covertly track things with AirTags is a doubled-edged sword. The tiny Bluetooth devices from Apple are notoriously creepy. However, according to the Portland Tribune, they also helped one Portland, Oregon, lawyer prove that a city contractor was illegally sending unhoused people’s property to the landfill.”

Daily Beast: Ransomware Attack Forces Indiana Hospital to Turn Ambulances Away. “Hackers are going after U.S. hospitals with a fresh wave of cyberattacks this week just as coronavirus cases surge around the country. Eskenazi Health, a health-care service provider that operates a 315-bed hospital, inpatient facilities, and community health centers throughout Indianapolis, was crippled by a ransomware attack that began between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.”


CNN: How a deepfake Tom Cruise on TikTok turned into a very real AI company. “Despite the movie star hair, the eye-squinting and that trademark teeth-baring cackle, it wasn’t really Cruise. The 10 videos, which were posted between February and June, featured an artificial intelligence-generated doppelganger meant to look and sound like him. The deepfakes — a combination of the terms ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’ — were created by visual and AI effects artist Chris Umé with the help of a Cruise stand-in, actor Miles Fisher.”

Yale News: Machu Picchu older than expected, study reveals. “Machu Picchu, the famous 15th-century Inca site in southern Peru, is up to several decades older than previously thought, according to a new study led by Yale archaeologist Richard Burger.” Good evening, Internet…

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