Western Visions Art Show, Pennsylvania Political Spending, Arkansas Agriculture, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 2, 2021


Jackson Hole News & Guide: Western Visions art ready for online perusal. “The 2021 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival doesn’t start until Sept. 9, but the National Museum of Wildlife Art already has its 34th annual Western Visions Show and Sale hanging — at least virtually. All 140 or so paintings and sculptures for the museum’s signature FAF event, its biggest fundraiser of the year, can be viewed [online].”

The Morning Call: For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records. “The Pennsylvania Senate for the first time is giving the public online access to the way the chamber and its elected members spend millions in taxpayer money on themselves. Reports that show all 50 senators’ spending for the month of July were posted to the Senate’s website Wednesday morning, alongside spending information for the chief clerk and secretary. That information will be updated monthly going forward.”

Arkansas Department of Agriculture: Arkansas Department of Agriculture Launches Farm to School and Arkansas Grown Website. This link goes to a PDF. “Farmers and producers can search the multi-site platform to find contact information for school districts that buy local food. Alternatively, schools can find contact information for farmers and producers when searching the site for sources to buy local food. The website enables schools and farms to create profiles and customize listings to include information on the local products they buy or sell respectively. This is a free service for schools, farmers, and producers.”


CNET: Amazon reportedly building live audio business. “Amazon is reportedly building a live audio service for use with Alexa. The online retail giant is investing heavily in an effort led by its music division that would include paying podcast networks, musicians and celebrities to use the feature for live conversations, shows and events, according to a Tuesday report from Axios.”


Times of Israel: Are online sales of pre-Holocaust communal records their doom or salvation?. “During and after the Holocaust, thousands of pinkasim collections were stolen, lost, or abandoned. Unlike real estate and artwork stolen by Nazi Germany, however, pilfered pinkasim never got much legal or media attention. But the lost communal books are ‘an untold chapter of the restitution story,’ said Gideon Taylor, who is chair of operations for the Claims Conference and WJRO. ‘They are the real treasures of Jewish memory because they capture everyday life and what these communities were really like,’ he told The Times of Israel.” I did not know what pinkasim were, but I was able to get an overview from the National Library of Israel.


Bloomberg: US DOJ readying Google antitrust lawsuit over ad-tech business. “U.S. antitrust officials are preparing a second monopoly lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google over the company’s digital advertising business, according to a person familiar with the matter, stepping up the government’s claims that Google is abusing its dominance.”

Lexology: Federal Circuit Takes Judicial Notice of Wayback Machine Evidence of Prior Art. “In its Aug. 17 decision in Valve Corporation v. Ironburg Inventions Ltd., the Federal Circuit appears to have cleared the way for district courts to take judicial notice of Wayback Machine captures as evidence of prior-art printed publications.”


University of Alabama at Birmingham: Plant AI project aims to bring food to tables and students into science. “With a new four-year, $1 million-plus grant from the National Science Foundation, [Shahid] Mukhtar and his research partner and wife, Karolina Mukhtar, Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair in the biology department, are doing something big. The researchers are using machine learning and other high-tech approaches to identify fresh ways to squeeze extra growing power out of the world’s crops.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study Behavior. “As a behavioral neuroscientist, Yttri studies what happens in the brain when animals walk, eat, sniff or do any action. This kind of research could help answer questions about neurological diseases or disorders like Parkinson’s disease or stroke. But identifying and predicting animal behavior is extremely difficult. Now, a new unsupervised machine learning algorithm developed by [Professor Eric] Yttri and Alex Hsu, a biological sciences Ph.D. candidate in his lab, makes studying behavior much easier and more accurate.”

Der Spiegel: How High-Tech Tools Are Helping Combat Climate Change. “AI is helping researchers, urban planners, activists and even companies prevent damage to the climate. Algorithms can be used to detect forest destruction, reduce emissions – or even eavesdrop on animals in the ocean.” Deepish dive. Good afternoon, Internet…

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