New Jersey Overdose Data, India FPOs, Airplane Laser Strikes, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 2, 2021


The Press of Atlantic City: New state overdose database, increased naloxone access on Overdose Awareness Day. “…the New Jersey Overdose Data Dashboard… displays information about naloxone administrations, substance use treatment admissions, neonatal abstinence syndrome cases, viral hepatitis cases, opioid prescriptions and drug-related hospital visits. Data can be viewed by race/ethnicity, age, gender and county.”

Mint: Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) launches hub housing database of over 4,400 Indian FPOs. “Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) for Agriculture and Nutrition on Wednesday launched a hub for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within its Center of Excellence in New Delhi. The hub, which features a first-of-its-kind database of Indian FPOs, has been created with a USD 1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.” You can get an overview of FPOs here.

Federal Aviation Administration: FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes. “Shining a laser at an aircraft poses a serious safety threat and can result in large fines and criminal penalties. Working to identify trends in laser strikes, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a visualization tool that analyzes laser strike data from 2010 to 2020. Using the Tableau software platform, the tool identifies trends that include geographic area, per capita data, time of day and year.”

Associated Press: New Online Site Launched to Help People Get Child Tax Credit. “The government has collaborated on a new internet site to help more Americans apply for and receive the expanded child tax credit, a monthly payment of as much as $300 per child that was part of the coronavirus relief package.”


CNET: Twitter’s Safety Mode will automatically block harmful accounts for 7 days. “Twitter is rolling out a new way to try to limit ‘unwelcome interactions’ in your feed, the company said Wednesday. Safety Mode will impose a seven-day block on accounts that use what Twitter called potentially harmful language. This could include insults or repeated replies and mentions.” Useful or not? Depends on how good the algorithm is, I guess!

Engadget: Twitter opens Super Follow subscriptions for some creators. “Twitter is finally flipping the switch on “Super Follows,” its new subscription feature that allows creators to charge their followers for exclusive content. Starting today, the company is making the feature available to a ‘small group’ of creators, with plans to expand the lineup in the coming weeks (Twitter has been taking applications for Super Follows since June).”


Fossbytes: Best Sites To Read Comics And Manga Online For Free. “We have provided options for the manga, manhwa (webtoons), and American comics altogether in this list. Each website has something different to offer, and not one is similar to another. If you are a fan of anime, you might want to check out how to watch anime free on YouTube.” Excellent annotation.


Jamaica Observer: Widow reveals plans for Black Ark museum to honour Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry . “Mireille Perry, the widow of Grammy-winning reggae legend Lee Scratch’ Perry, has revealed plans to transform the iconic Black Ark studio in Washington Gardens, St Andrew into a museum.”

Burlington Free Press: ‘A catalyst for community-building’: Tiny Museum of Vermont Music History set to open . “When the South End Art Hop fires up next month in Burlington, so will a new museum dedicated to Vermont’s rich musical heritage. Photographs, posters, instruments and even menus from long-shuttered venues will be featured at the Tiny Museum of Vermont Music History when it opens Sept. 10.” An online gallery is in the works for next year.


NBC DFW: Another 15 TB of Data Lost From Dallas Police, City Secretary Archives, City Says. “The city of Dallas confirms Monday another 15 terabytes of data is missing from police and city secretary archive computers. That’s on top of the 8 terabytes reported missing earlier this month. City officials confirmed to NBC 5 Monday afternoon that Dallas police discovered the additional loss while conducting an audit of the lost data.”


University at Buffalo: UB receives grant to turn pre-K assessment tool into digital game. “To help teachers determine if their pre-kindergarten students are ready to transition to formal schooling, a UB-led team of researchers will create augmented reality and mobile game versions of the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS) assessment, a tool used primarily by researchers to measure skills necessary for success in school.”

The Conversation: Personalised gambling adverts: a troubling new trend. “There’s a new type of gambling advert being used online and on social media to try and appeal to viewers, recent research has shown. Unlike on television, these online advertisements can be more personalised, interactive and may be harder to distinguish from other content. For example, gambling companies will use methods like taking polls on the winning team of a football match to entice users to engage with them. Although the effect of these advertisements is relatively unknown, early research suggests that it is likely they will increase consumer engagement with gambling.” Good morning, Internet…

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