Palliative Care Policies, North Carolina Newspapers, September 11, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 9, 2021


Yale Law School: Solomon Center and CAPC Launch Innovative Palliative Care Policy-Tracking Database. “The COVID-19 pandemic increased the demand for palliative care and exacerbated many of the challenges it addresses, straining hospitals and communities across the country. But tracking developments in policies and regulations across states has been difficult. States maintain their own data on legislation and regulations, with no centralized platform bringing together information from across the country. The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) aim to fill the gap with an innovative new initiative — the Palliative Care Policy GPS (GPS) — a publicly accessible and regularly updated database that tracks state policies on palliative care and related services.”


Digital NC: Issues of The Roanoke Beacon Newspaper, from 1930-1956, Added to DigitalNC. “Additional issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, published out of Plymouth, NC, are now online thanks to funding from the North Caroliniana Society. This newspaper was recommended for digitization by the Washington County Library which is part of Pettigrew Regional Library. With these additions, you can now search the newspaper from 1899 to 1956.”

WSHU: Newly Digitized 9/11 Album Shows Attacks From Rarely Seen Angle. “Liam Enea is from Brookfield — he’s a sophomore at the University of Connecticut. He says his grandmother recently passed away. And before she died, she gave Liam’s mother a photo album of pictures taken by her sister — Liam’s great-aunt. One photo shows the south tower in mid-collapse. Liam says many show the attacks from an angle he hasn’t been able to find in any other pictures from the day. Not that many photos were taken from nearby high-rise windows, compared to photos from street level.”


VentureBeat: What are graph database query languages?. “Classic relational databases can store graphs, and before graph databases it was common for developers to use them because they were the only option. SQL can answer basic questions, but traditional query languages generally can’t answer the most useful and tantalizing questions. Ironically, perhaps, relational databases are not nearly as good at representing very complex relations as graph databases are. Often, the only solution for a relational database query is to return large blocks of data so the client software can run the analysis.”


Los Angeles Times: Make film history more inclusive. That’s Jacqueline Stewart’s mandate at Academy Museum. “Jacqueline Stewart was already one of the nation’s leading film scholars before she took the job of chief artistic and programming officer at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Now she’s helming the presentation of perhaps the most significant museum dedicated to movies in the country.”

Calvert Journal: How two sisters are rebuilding Bulgaria’s sunken villages online. “The Bulgarian village of Zhivovtsi technically no longer exists. When the communist government decided to build a reservoir in 1966, villagers destroyed their own homes to make way for the new body of water. The Ogosta reservoir flooded the empty plain where the settlement once stood…Izgubeni Pod Vodata (‘Lost Under the Water’) collects and shares personal histories, archival photos, and cultural works from these now submerged towns.”

University of North Georgia: State library grant to fund digitizing Cyclops yearbooks. “Since Allison Galloup arrived at the University of North Georgia (UNG), she searched for funds to finish digitizing the university’s yearbooks. The associate professor and special collections and digital initiatives librarian succeeded this summer.”


The Verge: Google settles with worker allegedly fired for his workplace activism. “Google reached a settlement with a fired employee who the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claims was let go from the company for his workplace activism, Bloomberg reports. The employee, Laurence Berland, was fired in 2019 allegedly for violating Google’s data security policies. He had been a vocal critic of Google’s work with the US Customs and Border Protection and was terminated amid internal organizing.”

Washington Post: Howard University cancels online, hybrid classes as it investigates alleged ransomware attack. “Online and hybrid courses will remain suspended Wednesday at Howard University following what officials have described as a ransomware cyberattack. But hands-on courses — such as lab classes or clinicals for nursing students — will resume, officials said Tuesday afternoon.”

Money Saving Expert: Google introduces new checks to tackle scam financial ads from today – but there are major exclusions. “Certain financial services providers will have to prove they are authorised by the financial regulator before advertising on Google from today (6 September). It’s an effort by the search engine to tackle online fraud, but the new policy doesn’t apply to ads for cryptocurrency or debt services and there are some other exclusions.”


CNET: Astronomers 3D-print stellar nurseries you can hold in your hand. “Nia Amara is both an astrophysicist and an artist. Those two passions have united in a project that’s helping scientists visualize stellar nurseries, the massive clouds of dust and gas where stars are born. Amara and her team 3D-printed polished, baseball-size orbs that look like oversized marbles with swirling patterns inside.”

WRAL: Augmented reality: Have you seen the invisible statues appearing around downtown Cary?. “If you see people gathering around to look at something, but you don’t see anything there, it might be part of the new augmented reality art project happening around downtown. Once again, the town has hidden secret art pieces around town to surprise and delight – and give you another reason to get outside.” Good morning, Internet…

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