3D Mouse Brain, Saudi Justice Ministry, MS Paint, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2021


Baylor College of Medicine: Largest 3D mouse brain map to help understand what makes brains smarter. “Neuroscientists seeking to understand how the brain processes information along neocortical circuits, and researchers wanting to treat brain disorders where wiring or connections are altered now have a new analytical tool at their fingertips: the largest 3D wiring diagram of the mouse brain containing hundreds of thousands of cells and nearly half a billion connections.”

Zawya: Saudi Justice Ministry launches new digital platform. “The platform will allow the public, including parties of the case and lawyers, easy access to final commercial rulings issued by courts of the first instance, courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court, in addition to other legal documents.” There’s a section on “justice systems,” that’s in English, but the rest of the site is in Arabic. Google Translate handles it for the most part.


Ars Technica: The once-doomed MS Paint gets its first redesign in over a decade. “The latest Windows 11 app to get a coat of paint is Paint, everyone’s favorite meme-making sketching and doodling app. It’s not available for download for Windows Insiders yet, but Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay posted a brief video of the new design, showing off its updated look, a new dark mode, better text tools, updated brushes, and other tweaks that collectively serve to modernize the app a bit.”


Make Tech Easier: The Best Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Apps That Sync With Multiple Devices. “If you’re conscious about your online security, two-factor authentication (2FA) should be on your radar. For the unaware, it’s a better way to validate your identity when you log in to a website than just a single password. It will provide a one-time code that you’ll enter into a dedicated field which authenticates your other credentials. In this post, we look at some 2FA apps that sync across devices, to let you log in wherever you are.”


Newsweek: Danny DeVito Gets Twitter Verification Back After Abrupt Loss of Status Sparks Outrage. “Danny DeVito’s Twitter account was briefly unverified before being reinstated, after he tweeted support for striking Nabisco workers. As walkouts spread across U.S. Nabisco bakeries, with union workers protesting proposed changes amid contract negotiations, screen star DeVito took to Twitter to express solidarity on Wednesday.”

Hull Live: Families share memories of airship disaster to mark 100th anniversary. “An appeal for information ahead of the 100th anniversary of an airship disaster that claimed dozens of lives has unearthed a range of ‘touching’ stories and artefacts from the families of casualties, survivors and witnesses. The R.38/ZR-2 exploded mid-flight and crashed into the Humber in front of thousands of onlookers in Hull on August 24 1921, leaving 44 of the aircraft’s 49-strong British and American crew dead.”


Arizona Mirror: Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately. “The state Senate can’t duck Arizona’s public records law because some records were created by and are in possession of Cyber Ninjas, the company that GOP legislative leaders hired to conduct a so-called ‘audit’ of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. That means the Senate must immediately turn over a bevy of documents requested by American Oversight, a liberal watchdog organization.”

Tubefilter: Senators Challenge TikTok Over Plans To Collect Users’ Face And Voiceprints. “Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-SD) are asking TikTok to respond to a number of concerns by Aug. 25–namely what biometric data it’s collecting from users, and what it plans to do with that data.”

The Verge: Google gave phone makers extra money to ditch third-party app stores. “Newly unredacted sections of Epic’s antitrust complaint against Google reveal new details on the lengths to which Google went to undermine third-party app stores on the Android platform. According to the new text, starting in 2019, Google ran a ‘Premier Device Program’ that gave Android phone makers a greater share of search revenue than they would normally receive. In exchange, the OEMs agreed to ship their devices without any third-party app stores preinstalled.”


CNET: Elon Musk unveils Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot utilizing Tesla’s vehicle AI. “Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday unveiled a humanoid robot called the Tesla Bot that runs on the same AI used by Tesla’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. A functioning version of the robot didn’t make an appearance during Musk’s reveal, though a slightly bizarre dance by a performer dressed like a Tesla Bot did.” Good evening, Internet…

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