Minnesota Family Services, Redbird Roadshow, Browser Patches, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2021


Minnesota Department of Health: New website helps young families connect to local services . “Pregnant and parenting families with children from birth to 8 years of age now have a new tool to connect to services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being. Help Me Connect is a website designed to help Minnesota’s families navigate local community, county, and state resources.”


Illinois State University: Dive into Archives with the virtual Redbird Roadshow. “Hear about Hovey’s famous sword, how students sought out their favorite dance partners in the early 1900s, the rivalry of Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State Normal University, and who is ‘stinky dog.’ Viewers are in for a treat as Anderson-Zorn shares some fun, some unusual, and some impressive items from the University’s rich history.”


Ubergizmo: Microsoft, Google Release Urgent Update That Patches Browser Vulnerability. “If you are using either Microsoft Edge or Google’s Chrome, then you might want to update your browsers ASAP. This is because both companies have pushed out an urgent update for both their browsers due to a Level 4 Drive-by exploit that has been discovered that could lead to disastrous consequences.”

Museums + Heritage Advisor: Millionth item digitised and made freely available via Bodleian Libraries website. “The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries has reached a significant milestone, with the millionth digitised version of an item held in its collections now having been uploaded for free public access anywhere in the world.”


PRNewswire: Depositphotos Releases a Free Tool to Upscale Images Without Losing Quality (PRESS RELEASE). “Depositphotos, an international content marketplace with over 210 million images, music, and videos released a new online tool that helps users quickly double-size images. The AI-powered tool allows users to enlarge an unlimited number of files.”


CNN: Whatever happened to the ringtone?. “In the early- to mid-2000s, the ability to play a customized sound for incoming calls – usually a blaring few seconds of a favorite song called a ‘mastertone’ – was a fun novelty for people buying their first cellphones. Ringtones became an aural fashion accessory, as people scrambled to personalize their phones with the newest or coolest tunes. Mastertones mimicked the clarity of what one could hear on the radio, making the ringtone an easy and addictive way to hear snippets of one’s favorite music.”

Vice: These Tweets Show Britain’s Classic Camp TV Moments. “A BBC newsreader sits politely as she adjusts her hair, seemingly unaware the camera is still rolling. Seconds later, EastEnders legend Natalie Cassidy bursts onto the screen, and chaos ensues for a solid two minutes over the face of the oblivious newsreader. This is not the confused end of a coronavirus press briefing, but the start of one of Twitter user Jake McBain’s .avi videos, which he posts routinely on his account to the attention of celebrities including Radio 1 DJ Greg James, Olly Alexander and Drag Race UK’s Divina De Campo.”


StateScoop: Sierra Vista, Arizona, will let college students try to hack its computers. “The City of Sierra Vista, Arizona, announced an agreement with the University of Arizona and a cybersecurity company on Friday to give students and city staff real-world experience in understanding cyberattacks. Students at the University of Arizona’s College of Applied Science and Technology, which is based in the 43,000-person city located just south of Tucson, will have the option to enroll in a course that allows them to attempt non-malicious cyberattacks on city employee computers through the new partnership.”

The Guardian:
Revealed: how California police chased a nonexistent ‘antifa bus’
. “The actions of officials in Shasta and Humboldt counties last summer were outlined in internal documents obtained through a public records request by Property of the People, a not-for-profit transparency group, and shared with the Guardian…. The records also show how the agencies’ response to those unsubstantiated allegations helped spread misinformation rooted in online conspiracy theories. The files were particularly troubling, experts said, because antifa conspiracy theories have inspired armed rightwing vigilantes to organize in response, sometimes with violent demonstrations.”


Monash University Lens: Treasure quest: Researchers embark on a pre-modern manuscript mission. “Thousands of stories have been written about the impact of COVID-19. One overlooked group is historians in Australia whose research efforts have been stymied by travel restrictions. Medieval scholar Guy Geltner’s solution is to search for any ‘pre-modern’ manuscripts that may be lurking in private collections in Victoria.” Good evening, Internet…

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