Good Neighbor Council, Storm Surges, ISS Missions, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 9, 2021


State Archives of North Carolina: Good Neighbor Council Digital Collection. “On January 18, 1963, Governor Terry Sanford established the Good Neighbor Council. The council consisted of 24 citizens appointed by the governor. David S. Coltrane served as the first Chairman and Executive Director until his death in 1968. The two main missions of the council were to encourage the employment of qualified people without regard to race, and to urge youth to become better trained for employment.”

University of Central Florida: UCF Researchers Create Global Storm Surge Database. “The researchers also visualized the data by creating an online map that displays 802 tide gauges from around the world and all relevant data corresponding to each tide gauge covering the entire 1900s and most of the 1800s. Users can click on the tide gauge and download multiple daily maximum surge datasets.”


Digital Trends: How to watch Northrop Grumman launch its 16th cargo mission to the ISS this week. “This Tuesday, August 10, an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft will be launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), packed with scientific research and supplies for the crew. NASA will be streaming the launch of the craft so you can watch along live at home, and we’ve got all the details.”


New Zealand Herald: Saints be praised: Social media giant Facebook rolls out a prayer tool. “The social media giant has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a cutting-edge way to engage the faithful online. Others are eyeing it warily as they weigh its usefulness against the privacy and security concerns they have with Facebook.”


Calvert Journal: Follow @theneweastisqueer, the account celebrating past and present LGBTQ+ creatives from Eastern Europe. “The platform was created to show that ‘the New East is, and has always been, queer,’ through interviews and profiles of figures from a mix of generations. The artists featured include Lulla La Polaca, a Polish 82-year-old drag queen, and Admina, a non-binary techno artist and DJ who has been storming Romania’s clubbing scene.”

The Orange Leader: USM Professor, Students Conduct Examination of Historic Louisiana Cemetery. “A geography professor at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park in Long Beach and six of his students are engaged in a project collecting information about a historic Louisiana city cemetery, using the latest technology featuring geographic information systems (GIS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR).”

Caracas Chronicles: How to Navigate Twitterzuela. “…in 2011, a report by Comscore showed that Venezuela held the fifth highest Twitter penetration rate in the world. In a month, 21% of internet users in Venezuela passed through the Twitter website. As the crisis in Venezuela developed, this early adoption was combined with multiple historical and political factors.”


NPR: Your Facebook Account Was Hacked. Getting Help May Take Weeks — Or $299. “In July, NPR received 19 emails from listeners complaining that their Facebook accounts had been hacked or disabled. People share similar tales of woe on Reddit forums and Twitter every day. Some became so desperate that they shelled out hundreds of dollars to buy a virtual reality headset in an attempt to get Facebook to restore their accounts.”

InfoSecurity Magazine: #DEFCON: A Bad eBook Can Take Over Your Kindle (or Worse). “The primary purpose of the Kindle is to enable users to read books. Slava Makkaveev, security researcher at Check Point Software Technologies, had another idea, though; he wanted to see if he could load a book that would exploit the Kindle. At the DEF CON 29 conference, Makkaveev outlined the process by which he was able to exploit a Kindle with a malicious eBook that he was able to create.”

Wired: All the Ways Spotify Tracks You—and How to Stop It . “Of Spotify’s 365 million monthly users, 165 million of them subscribe to not listen to ads. The other 200 million put up with them. So how much does Spotify really know, and how can you limit its data collection?”


Science: Major U.K. science funder to require grantees to make papers immediately free to all. “The United Kingdom currently has one of the highest rates of open-access publication in the world, with many researchers posting their research papers on websites that make them publicly available for free. But the country’s leading funding agency today announced a new policy that will push open access even further by mandating that all research it funds must be freely available for anyone to read upon publication.”

New York Times: YouTube Is Underwhelming. “It’s hard to imagine the internet without YouTube. Buying the video site in its relative infancy was one of the smartest things Google ever did. But after nearly 15 years of being part of Google, the most successful money machine in internet history, it’s still not clear that YouTube has fulfilled its financial potential both for itself and everyone involved in its vast digital economy.” Good morning, Internet…

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